The Collaborative’s commitment to network, connect, collaborate and learn extends to continually sharing information and identifying emerging trends.  The Resources section shares data, information and resources to help local organizations better understand their community and engage key partners and residents.  We encourage you to explore the variety of resources listed below and on the linked pages.  One of the Collaborative’s earliest accomplishments was the creation of a Jefferson Community Directory, a resource guide to help organizations and key stakeholders build an effective referral network so residents can be effectively connected to services they need.  The Collaborative worked with University of Pittsburgh UCSUR institute to develop indicators used in the community snapshots. The Collaborative has led the development and distribution of mini-grants in partnership with Jefferson Regional Foundation for a variety of projects.  Finally, don’t miss the depth of information ranging from elected officials, to demographics, workforce and special resource banks for issues such as DEI.

Our Changing Communities Data Story Maps

The Jefferson Regional Foundation is pleased to release three data story maps as the first deliverables of the Our Changing Communities: A Review of Data Trends in the Jefferson Regional Service Area analysis. The data story maps describe changing conditions in the Jefferson Regional service area and include demographic data on the growth of diverse populations, geographic and racial economic disparities, and a picture of community and environmental health. The data story maps strive to highlight the intersectionality of age, race, and geography where data is available.

The story maps (linked below) feature data in a variety of ways with the intent of providing a hyper-local view of the communities and people the Foundation serves. Many of the maps feature data at the census tract level and several maps focus on trends over time.  These data story maps can also be used to complement community engagement efforts and can support planning and strategy for the Foundation’s Community Voice Fund.

Highlighted throughout the data story maps are notable findings such as:

  • Diverse populations are growing in the Jefferson Regional service area, including a more than 265% increase in the population of people who identify as Asian between 2010 and 2020.
  • Large Income disparities exist across the Jefferson Regional service area. For example, a middle earner in Homestead earns on average about $70,000 less than a middle earner in Jefferson Hills.
  • The Jefferson Regional service Area has unique health and environmental challenges compared to Allegheny County, including high rates of mental distress and poor air quality.

You can access the data story maps through the links below:

Demographic Changes: Demographics Changes in the Jefferson Regional Service Area

Economic Mobility: Our Changing Community: Economic Mobility & Homeownership

Community Health: Our Changing Community: Environmental and Community Health


Community Data & Resources

The Collaborative compiles and shares data, information, and resources to help local organizations better understand their community and engage residents.

Explore the Jefferson Community Directory

The Jefferson Community Directory is a resource guide that includes contact information for qualified service providers in the Jefferson Region, organized by service area and designed to assist service providers with referrals and networking.

Jefferson Community Snapshots

Community Snapshots explore local data compiled by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research, organized by community and available for use by all members of the Collaborative.

Community Snapshots: University Center for Social and Urban Research

We are pleased to feature Community Snapshots–one-page data profiles that were compiled for many of the Jefferson area communities by Liz Monk and her team at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) in May 2016 utilizing their public Community Profile database. The first Community Snapshot listed below is an aggregate profile for the Jefferson Regional Foundation Communities across a population of 237,444. The Community Snapshots include demographic trends and key factors by percentage for use of public transportation, median household income, labor force participation, owner-occupied housing, use of SNAP benefits and overdose mortality rates with comparison rates for Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh. Also included is a graph showing the percentage of residents utilizing several types of county human services with comparison for the Jefferson Regional Communities, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh.

Collaborative Mini Grants

Mini grants provide seed funding to Collaborative groups working on small projects that will benefit the Jefferson community and/or Jefferson organizations. They are awarded through a simple and timely process that ensures alignment between the project and the original intent of the Foundation: to use mini-grants as a catalyst for Collaborative initiatives that promise to grow or stabilize with a small amount of funding.

In the past, project teams have formed around pop-up health fairs, an eat-and-educate lunch series for providers, and other innovative, Collaborative-generated ideas. Mini grants have also been offered periodically to Collaborative Members to support special initiatives, including Around the Table South and 2020 Census Outreach. Mini-grants may range in size from $500-$5000.

If you are interested in pursuing a Collaborative mini grant, please contact Director of Grantmaking and Strategy, Kelleigh Boland at


Ready to Join the Conversation?

View and register for our upcoming member meetings, action team meetings, capacity and skill development opportunities, and more on our events page. Please note that our events are limited to Collaborative Member Organizations and relevant Jefferson-based community partners, unless otherwise specified. If you have a question about attending an event, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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