Kindness is Contagious

A Socially Distant Way to Meet Kind Neighbors

Kindness: It costs nothing, but means everything.

Here at SHUC, we wanted to make sure that the stay-at-home order didn’t prevent our neighbors in Squirrel Hill from getting to know each other. For our Kindness is Contagious series, we have been profiling community members who spread kindness through our neighborhood.

Kindness is Contagious: Maria Cohen

August 25, 2020

Our executive director Maria goes above and beyond in volunteering for her community. Her kindness spreads throughout SHUC and is always visible in the work she does.

Kindness is Contagious: Amy Mann

July 22, 2020

Amy is a local designer and community partner who has been volunteering continuously throughout the pandemic.

Kindness is Contagious: Harry Clark

July 17, 2020

Dr. Harry Clark, the founding principal of CAPA, is a renowned jazz trumpeter with leadership positions in a number of arts organizations.

Kindness is Contagious: Naomi Johnson

June 23, 2020

Naomi is assistant director at our local Sunburst School of Music, an excellent vocalist, and a kind, thoughtful mother of three.

Kindness is Contagious: Sukanya Srinivasan

June 19, 2020

Sukanya is a local physician, civic partner, volunteer, and kind neighbor. As the Allderdice PTO president, she works to fundraise and address disparities in Squirrel Hill schools.

Kindness is Contagious: Ghadah Makoshi

June 15, 2020

Ghadah is a community advocate at the ACLU who works on school policing issues. She also volunteers regularly. During the stay-at-home order, she checked in on others and offered to cook meals or bake cookies!

Kindness is Contagious: Mamar Gelaye

June 5, 2020

Meet our brilliant, dynamic and kind neighbor Mamar Gelaye. As the CIO of Raytheon, she is a visionary leader who mentors, creates and collaborates to support her team.

Kindness is Contagious: Ale Memoli

May 22, 2020

Ale is a recent Winchester Thurston grad and talented soccer player who will soon be headed to Northeastern University. A WT teacher describes him as “one of the kindest students.”

Kindness is Contagious: Lorrie Cranor

May 20, 2020

Lorrie, a CMU professor, has continued her privacy policy work, created COVID-19 graphs, and sewn personal protective masks throughout the quarantine.

Kindness is Contagious: Norma Bronder

May 15, 2020

Norma is a kind and thoughtful resident who is outspoken and passionate about environmental issues. Throughout quarantine, she has been delivering food to families in need.

Kindness is Contagious: Evelyn Castillo

May 13, 2020

Evelyn plans events for local nonprofits and serves as a trustee of Awesome Pittsburgh. She was the leading force in Illumination-Ovation, #LoveFromPgh, to honor front-line workers.

Kindness is Contagious: Rabbi Ron Symons

May 8, 2020

Rabbi Ron is the founding & senior director of our JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement. He is committed to redefining ‘neighbor’ from geographic term to moral concept.

Kindness is Contagious: Erika Bruce

May 5, 2020

Erika is an amazing local chef who uses her creative culinary talents on Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street and also to feed those in need!

Kindness is Contagious: Zack Block

May 1, 2020

Zack is the executive director of Repair the World Pittsburgh. He is a leader who motivates many to engage in acts of kindness.

Kindness is Contagious: Maggie Feinstein

April 28, 2020

Maggie is the director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership which seeks to offer support, guidance and resource to the community in response to the shooting on 10/27/18.

Kindness is Contagious: Amy Raslevich

April 23, 2020

Amy is an active neighbor, often advocating for social equality. Her friends describe her as passionate, forthright, compassionate, determined, intelligent, thoughtful, resourceful, loving and fearless.

Kindness is Contagious: Francine McCauley

April 20, 2020

Francine is known for spreading kindness and joy regularly – be it unexpected cookie deliveries, quiet acts of kindness, or sending blessings/quotes to those around her reminding them to keep perspective on what really matters in life.

Kindness is Contagious: Alan & Stacey Hausman

April 15, 2020

Alan & Stacey are staples of our community, most recently known for their dedication, love and immense support for our Tree of Life (Or L’Simcha) congregation.

Kindness is Contagious: Jennifer Tepe

April 10, 2020

Jennifer is a Pitt professor and an active member of our community. Throughout the COVID-19 quarantine, she has been personally delivering and managing volunteers to deliver groceries to those in need.

about SHUC

Preserving, Improving, and Celebrating the Quality of Life in Squirrel Hill

For over fifty years, the Coalition has been an active and important link in the community. It has served as a sounding board for new ideas, as well as a “watchdog” in the areas of public safety, education, residential quality, the business district, and parks and open space. With its focus on the quality of life in the 14th Ward, SHUC continues to monitor activities and future developments in the community through a range of standing committees.


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