The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: Free Store Wilkinsburg d/b/a Civically, Inc.

Free Store Wilkinsburg relies on volunteers and donations to provide free basic goods to Wilkinsburg community members.

The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Free Store Wilkinsburg d/b/a Civically, Inc. The Small and Mighty grants program, an outcome of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, has awarded $308,821 this year to 22 local nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000.

Civically, Inc. provides goods and services that address basic needs in Wilkinsburg, such as clothing and home goods, at no cost to residents. Civically also offers financial and basic literacy skills as well as community conversations on local culture and economic development.

This funding will go toward rent at the free store and expansion of programming and conversations. Since its inception, the Free Store Wilkinsburg has been a community-led organization that has relied entirely on volunteer staff and donations from corporations and residents. This is its first foundation grant which will cover the totality of its projected 2018 expenses.

In the first round of Small and Mighty funding, announced in March 2017, a total of $230,000 was awarded to 18 organizations. To date, Small and Mighty has awarded $538,000 in grants to 40 organizations.

To learn more about Free Store Wilkinsburg d/b/a Civically, Inc., visit their website.

Read about the Small and Mighty initiative.