CORE BELIEF

The core belief of CEA is that families develop best in a community with a sense of order, positive social interaction, and opportunities supported by positive adults. It is CEA’s aim and commitment to work with individuals and families to build, foster and empower the African-American community through capitalization of indigenous support, community stakeholders, organized networks, and community education. CEA’s cultural frameworks are clearly unique to human and social service providers in the Pittsburgh region. CEA capitalizes on the powerful role that cultural influences play within African-American communities.

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN SERVICE

CEA'S FOOD FIRST COVID-19 EMERGENCY FOOD AND NUTRITIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION REQUESTS & OTHER RESOURCES

Click here to find food pantries near you. Click here to request delivery from CEA's Food First Program.

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We are providing access to life sustaining essentials with CEA’s Food First Program.

In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are witnessing many of our neighbors suffer from depression, fear, anxiety and confusion over the availability of essential resources. In the wake of this national crisis, CEA will be hosting its Food First Program, a bi-weekly food and supply distribution to the residents of Homewood and the surrounding neighborhoods. These distributions will happen every other Saturday. Visit CEA’s website weekly to find out which Saturdays CEA will be distributing essential supplies and nutritional food.

CEA’s Food First Program will also act as a clearinghouse, providing information on where to find food banks, food pantries, and supplies in our neighborhoods. Please click the Food Distribution Info for additional information on where you can locate food banks and pantries near you. There, you will also find out when CEA will be hosting its next food distribution.

Priority service is reserved for senior citizens and single-headed households with dependents and without access to transportation. Please click on the Food Info box above to sign up for food delivery.

CEA needs your help! Donations including food, money and supplies are greatly appreciated. To donate please click on the Donate box above. If you wish to donate food or supplies, please complete the Donation Form and CEA staff member will be in contact with you on dates and times you may drop off your donation.

CEA is also looking for volunteers to assist in the Food First Program by unloading food trucks, sorting and packaging food for distribution, traffic controlling, handing out packages to drive-ups and walk-ins, and delivery to priority citizens. If you are interested in volunteering, click the Volunteer box above, complete the Volunteer Form and, a CEA staff member will contact you for further details and instructions.

It Takes A Village! Thank you!

Brother Rashad

OUR PROGRAMS

HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

Community Empowerment Association (CEA) was founded in 1993 in order to establish an organized, structural approach to address the specific needs of at-risk youth and families in distressed, marginalized communities. CEA's 25 year success emanated through its grassroots origins ervingresidents of nine predominantly low income undeserved communities inAllegheny County andthe City of Pittsburgh: Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington, Homewood, Wilkinsburg, Garfield, East Hills,McKeesport, Rankin, and Braddock.

CEA's mission is to restore, reclaim and transform distressed communities through strategic planning, collaboration, advocacy, education, and training. Additionally, by consistently generating jobs and economic sustainability, CEA serves as an institutional foundation for the strengthening of Black communities.

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