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"I think one of the biggest things Peoples Oakland did was offer me support that wasn’t being offered in other areas of my life. They believed in me, that I had the capability to stay out of the hospital, the capability to work. They supported me while I figured these things out for myself. I have an amount of support that I never had before Peoples Oakland existed."

Katie, Member since 2017

"I have assisted clients with linking to Peoples Oakland to members because of all the social services, health/wellness that they offer, and the staff's willingness to assist clients with disabilities to flourish in the community. I would continue to highly recommend Peoples Oakland, support their endeavors, and ask for other supporters to donate funds to such must-needed services."

Kim Davis, Service Coordinator

"Peoples Oakland was my first experience as a social worker and I am so thankful that it was. Both staff and members alike helped me build a strong foundation as an intern that I have been able to apply in everything that I've done since leaving. Every time I stepped into the building I learned something new. It is such a wonderful environment for recovery and learning."

Darelle Cowley, MSW Intern

Does Our Mission Resonate With you?

Peoples Oakland welcomes financial supporters who believe in us, our mission, and our members. Peoples Oakland’s Board of Directors is now requesting large gifts from foundations, corporations and individuals to support our pioneering work in assisting mental health consumers with their recovery goals. Gifts for support of operations and special projects are always welcome and acknowledged. Some of our current needs include technology upgrades, development of innovative programs, enhancing peer training and program participation, wellness center equipment and capacity building. In addition, bequests and gifts of securities are very welcome.


Other Ways to Get Involved

  • Volunteer

    Peoples Oakland is always looking for dedicated, creative, people-oriented, community volunteers who have the interest, talents and time to share with our members and staff. We develop positions based on the interests and skills of the volunteers while matching them to the strengths and needs of our members and programs. Volunteers assist with daily programs activities, technology issues, fundraising events and serve on the Board of Directors.

  • Work For Us

    Peoples Oakland is always looking for staff, volunteers and students who have the best “people skills” and who enjoy the challenges and rewards of working with our members. Paid positions include rehabilitation counselors, program supervisors and administrative and clerical positions.

  • Internships

    Peoples Oakland collaborates with all the area universities and colleges. We have placements available each term for students to complete their internships and/or practicum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We work with the various disciplines and departments such as social work, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, pharmacology and information technology. Placements are supervised by staff members based on the academic requirements. Check with your academic program adviser to see if a Peoples Oakland academic placement is right for you. For more information about academic placement, please contact Allison Haley: or Andrea Tempalski:

Thank You!

Peoples Oakland would like to thank every one of our supporters - volunteers, donors, interns, partners - for everything they have done to stand by our side on our mission to recovery.

Community and Corporate Partners

Allegheny County Department of Human Services - Office of Behavioral Health

Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc.

Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

City of Pittsburgh

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania

NexTier Bank

PA Dept. of Health

PNC Bank, NA


University of Pittsburgh

Crum & Forster

Foundation Partners

Anonymous Donor

Anonymous Foundation

The Beckwith Family Foundation

The Bergstrom Foundation

The Buhl Foundation

The Founders Trust

The Hillman Foundation

The Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation

The Mildred Wood Benedict Memorial Fund

The Morby Family Charity

The PNC Charitable Trust

The PNC Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Richard King Mellon Foundation

The Staunton Farm Foundation

The Verizon Foundation

Three Rivers Community Foundation