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December 15, 2010
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December 15, 2010
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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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

December 14, 2010

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December 14, 2010

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

December 9, 2010

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December 9, 2010

Community Human Services has been partnering with OPDC to provide housing to folks in need for ten years. I became a board member because of that incredible service partnership.

I think OPDC is a perfect example of how Community Development Corporations should be working in
neighborhoods. The organization understands the critical interplay of housing, community coalitions and service provision. I regularly work with service providers that have no relationship with their CDC and in some cases talk about an environment of conflict with them. Oakland is lucky to have a visionary CDC that values partnership.

The Great!

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

Engaging those who live, work and play in sustaining a vibrant Oakland neighborhood

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase their budget so they could implement more facade improvement projects and promote more university housing.

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