Duquesne Works with Uptown Partners to Extend Cleaning Ambassador Program into Uptown

Duquesne University is helping Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh (UPP) keep the neighborhood streets and those bordering campus clean. 

A UPP institutional partner, Duquesne recently gave a $35,000 grant to the community-based organization to support its Cleaning Ambassador Program.

The "ambassadors," who are contracted through Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Clean & Outreach Program, remove trash from the sidewalks, empty and clean trash cans and cigarette receptacles, remove graffiti and handbills, and power-wash sidewalks and alleyways three days a week.

"We're so fortunate that our neighbor and partner Duquesne University was willing to help with the Cleaning Ambassador Program," said UPP Executive Director Dr. Brittany McDonald. "The program really benefits the entire Uptown community, from the local businesses to our residents."

UPP implemented the Cleaning Ambassador Program in early 2022.

"The vitality of our setting in Pittsburgh's Uptown is a major draw for students and a source of pride for all who are part of the Duquesne community," said Duquesne President Ken Gormley. "Supporting the Cleaning Ambassador Program is another way of working with community partners to show off the city while providing value to our community and our neighbors."

McDonald is looking to secure additional funding for the program, which is receiving positive feedback from those in the Uptown community. "Duquesne University and UPMC Mercy are both helping to fund the Cleaning Ambassador Program," she explained. "It is a huge help to have institutional partners, particularly those that sit on the Uptown Task Force, support this initiative."

"This is a great program spearheaded by Uptown Partners. It is really good seeing strong anchors like Duquesne University and UPMC Mercy working collaboratively with the community on projects like this one," said Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Lavelle. "A lot more work needs to be done to make this neighborhood the community it has the potential to be for all, especially the residents. However, this is very positive progress."

Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh, founded in 2007, is a community-based organization of residents, institutions, business owners and other stakeholders working together to improve community quality and create a vision for the revitalization of Uptown.

More information on the Cleaning Ambassador Program is available on their website

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