OAKLAND PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Rating: 4.82 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Seniors

Location: 235 Atwood Street Pittsburgh PA 15213 USA

Mission: OPDC is a community-based organization that engages in planning and development activities that contribute to the vitality of Oakland. It accomplishes this mission by: ■ Encouraging reinvestment in and stabilization of the community through real estate development, commercial revitalization, home ownership, and meeting the needs of low-income households, the elderly, and the special needs population; ■ Encouraging community resident participation in the planning process, fostering cooperation among the various constituencies in Oakland, and strengthening Oakland as a viable residential community; ■ Helping people in Oakland and surrounding communities become better able to compete in the job market and assisting them with job placements.
Geographic areas served: All four Oakland neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh - Central, North, South, and West
Programs: Real Estate Development, Community Organizing and Volunteer Engagement, Property Management, Workforce Development, Neighborhood Planning

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently ended my time with OPDC as an intern. This was by far the best internship I have experienced in all my years in the field. The staff and board are professional, knowlegdable, and dedicated to Oakland. Because I was there I have learned so much that will be helpfull to my career. Beyond that they are deeply invested in the Develoment of their vital and wonderful community. I look forward to working with them in the future and seeing how they will improve Oakland. Thank you for the experience.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This non-profit organization is out there doing what is best for the community as well as the environment. I was amazed how organized and quickly the counselors in charge responded to any questions i had. I am extremely pleased to be working for this organization that really is doing a greater good for the community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

OPDC certainly has the ambitious intentions of making Oakland into a much more clean, environmentally sound, and ultimately a more livable community for its inhabitants. The town itself, although being a school community, is very much a continuation of the city of Pittsburgh, and this is made apparent by the architecture, as well as the urban environment in which the students and homeowners dwell. To make the town cleaner and to permanently do so would be to give Oakland less of a "downtown" feeling and to give it more of a college community feeling. The predisposition of the area certainly adds to its litter problem. In fact, being a student, and having stayed a weekend at the Penn State in State College PA, it became quite apparent to me that another (even larger) college campus did not have near the problem that faces Oakland. To me, this indicates that the urban setting is a major problem and to erase this schema about the campus itself would be to ultimately reduce the destruction being done to its environment. That's what OPDC is doing in one way or another: making the town less of a city slum and more of an environmentally conscientious community via projects such as Adopt-A-Block, in which a mass cleanup is conducted via the distribution of groups to different sectors of Oakland, as well as their participation in tree-planting events throughout the community. OPDC is always innovating to improve itself in order to improve the welfare of the people of Oakland. This winter a project called "Snow Angels" will be launched with the intention of clearing snow off of the walkways for the elderly. Projects like these are just another step toward an improved and more livable Oakland. Certainly is effective and will only become more prominent in the cleanup of Oakland with increased recognition.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

OPDC is a non-profit organization. It allows members of the community to come together to benefit society. It creates a stronger bond between the people in the community. It's a great way to get out and do something for society. In terms of volunteer work the impact one has on the community is not inconsequential, because their are many ones that make up the volunteer workers. Together, these combined efforts create an effect. The effect is somewhat like a ripple effect; the bigger the stone thrown in the pond the larger the effect, and the more people who sign up to volunteer the bigger the stone that causes the ripple.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

OPDC is a great non-profit organization for anyone who wants to help out. From cleaning out the streets to painting the building of another non-profit, there's work for anyone! My fondest memory would have to be planting trees with another non-profit to make Oakland look nicer. Everyone at OPDC is always warm and welcoming.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fall 2011

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

less cleaning streets and more helping other non-profits

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It taught me how to plant a tree correctly

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Overall positive and welcomed

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation is a fantastic nonprofit! They do so much great volunteer work and I have found their staff to be fun, welcoming and generous! You should volunteer with OPDC today!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteer activities around the greater Oakland area, particularly community organizing and community cleanups.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money.

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Rating: 5 stars  

OPDC is a great organization, providing top quality service to the many individuals and organizations represented in Oakland. I had an opportunity to participate in a community clean up through their KICO program. The organization was effective at coordinating a large number of volunteers and providing a meaningful experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive changes in Oakland.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase funding to support the growth of their housing programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

OPDC never operates in a silo. The excellent work done in real estate development, job development and training, and community organizing is a true partnership with residents, employers, and educational institutions. OPDC continues to partner with other community based organizations including Community Human Services and Oakland Transportation Management Association to reach common community goals. The staff of OPDC are qualified and dedicated, consistently delivering a very high quality end product.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending Open House's of real estate development and volunteering for community organizing events. The end product is a very real transformation of the Oakland community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand on excellent programs such as JobLinks that are delivering consistent results

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This organization provides exceptional services to Oakland residents. They provide resources to those in need and trainings that are especially helpful. They also have very helpful staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having constituents who were provided helpful resources.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved as a community volunteer and board member of OPDC for nearly a decade. It is hard to imagine Oakland without OPDC. They have rehabilitated and built scores of owner occupied homes throughout Oakland's diverse neighborhoods. They manage a portfolio of well maintained and affordable apartments. They have helped hundreds of neighbors in Oakland and nearby communities to help themselves by providing real world job training and career placement services through JobLInks. Through their community organizing program, they have made Oakland a better place with programs such as Keep it Clean Oakland and the Dumpster Program. They work hand in hand with other community based non-profits such as the Oakland Community Council, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Oakland Business Improvement District, and Community Human Services. Most importantly, OPDC cares about our community and its residents and they work hard every day to make Oakland a great place to live.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing homes and entire streets transformed through rehabilitation, new construction, and the facade grant program. Crews of 100+ student volunteers out on a cold winter morning to pick up dozens of garbage bags of trash. The expression of pride in a graduate of JobLinks who is able to support themselves and their family. Knowing that there is an organization to turn to in times of need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase capacity and funding. Empower OPDC to make an even greater difference in the community to promote home ownership and reinvestment, develop career skills, enhance quality of life, and make Oakland one of Pittsburgh's most attractive and desirable neighborhoods.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through neighbors involved in it.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Work alongside a developer to reinvest in new housing in South Oakland.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To help Oakland reach is fullest potential.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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