Jefferson Community Collaborative

We are a network of 90+ community-serving organizations who are committed to bringing together change-makers to positively impact the health & vitality of communities south of Pittsburgh.

Our Vision:
To create agile, healthy, and sustainable communities for diverse populations throughout the Jefferson region while:
      o Serving as an incubator for powerful ideas and promising practices
      o Improving the capacity of community-serving organizations
      o Facilitating group action on community aspirations

Our Current Priorities
      o Behavioral Health
      o Family & Resident Engagement
      o Workforce Development


Interested in becoming a Jefferson Community Collaborative Member? Please download this Membership Application Form to apply, or contact Colleen Cadman at with any questions. 


MEMBER MEETINGS are convened throughout the year (September, October, January, March, and  June) and focus on advancing priority issues, capacity building opportunities, resource and data sharing, and networking opportunities.


Collaborative Meeting Schedule 2020-2021

  • September 3, 2020
  • October 29, 2020
  • January 2021 (Exact date TBA)
  • March 2021 (Exact date TBA)
  • June 2021 (Exact date TBA)



2019-2020 Capacity Building Opportunities

A strong and skilled nonprofit workforce is crucial to the health of our local organizations, our communities, and our Jefferson Community Collaborative! Furthering our Workforce Development priority, the Collaborative will host a “Burning for Learning” Collaborative Capacity Series! featuring skill development trainings in addition to our regular meetings over the next year. Click here to learn more and register for upcoming training opportunities!


Resources from Previous Meetings


Action Teams

Eat and Educate Series

A lunch series focused on resource sharing and system navigation, targeted towards frontline workers. Meetings focus on specific topics and bring in speakers from a variety of sectors throughout the year. Topics for the 2019 Calendar Year include Self Care, Financial Wellness Resources for Families, and Career Connections for the Unemployed.

Next Meeting: Housing Help & Resources for Your Community Members
Details: September 8th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Register for the Zoom Meeting here)
Team Leaders: Tamera Stafford, Gwen’s Girls


Jefferson Area Census Leadership Team

This group of leaders from across the Jefferson Area is devoted to developing a local outreach plan to promote Census participation in South Hills & lower Mon Valley communities.

Meets monthly
Contact: Colleen Cadman, Jefferson Regional Foundation


Workforce Development Team

This team coordinates localized workforce initiatives and strategy with key workforce organizations in the Jefferson Area

Meets Monthly
Team Leader: Sarah Welch, Jewish Family & Community Services Career Development Center


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a free public education program in which participants attend an eight-hour course with certified trainers to increase their knowledge around common mental health challenges, become equipped to offer assistance, and reduce stigma. Thirteen certified trainers from the Jefferson area have educated more than 600 community members on MHFA.

If you are interested in joining our core group of local trainers, hosting a training at your organization, or attending a training session, please let us know!

Monthly Opportunities!
Contact: Colleen Cadman, Jefferson Regional Foundation


Additional Resources

Collaborative Newsletters

Our monthly e-newsletters include meeting information and updates, Collaborative Member Spotlights, advocacy resources, and community announcements and news. Check out our past newsletters here. Email Colleen Cadman to be adding to our mailing list.


Jefferson Community Directory

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.


Annual Jefferson Forum

A yearly gathering of leaders from around the region focusing on networking and capacity building. The 2018 Jefferson Forum was held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Click here for highlights and pictures.


Jefferson Community Snapshots

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.


For More Information


If you are interested in your organization becoming an active Collaborative member, please contact