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Voter Empowerment

The ability to participate in civic life — to have a voice in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact our lives, families, and communities — is at the core of what it means to be an American.


Criminal Justice Reform

The United States Criminal Justice System incarcerates its citizens more than any other country. It is a system marred by vast racial disparities and unfairly punishes communities of color, burdens taxpayers and is detrimental to building and maintaining strong communities.

Community Unity

Unity is essential to having strong vibrant communities. However, restricting resources, creating boundaries by neighborhood, or engaging in actions that do not foster or strengthen partnership or collaboration within the community can be detrimental.


West End P.O.W.E.R. believes that high-quality public schools are the critical platform in every community to transform the lives of students, regardless of their race or economic status. We are committed to ensuring that students have fully-resourced, equitable, first-class public schools.

Our Story

Why we do what we do.

West End POWER works to transform communities in the Greater Pittsburgh Region, particularly communities of color and other underrepresented communities. We believe that “We are all in this together” that is why we strive to provide opportunities with effective resources.

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People We've Helped in the Community

Whether it is working to assist community members with credit repair for home ownership, working for quality public education, GED preparation, conducting holiday toy drives, registering voters, or coordinating literacy programs adults and children, West End Power strives to provide our communities with effective resources.


Neighborhoods Served in Our Local Area

While our work originated in the Pittsburgh’s West End communities Sheraden, Elliott, Windgap, Esplen, Ridgemont, Westwood, Oakwood, East Carnegie, Chartiers City, Fairywood and Crafton Heights. We have now expanded into communities throughout Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence Counties.


Volunteers We Have on Staff

Volunteers play a critical role in the work that we do to build vibrant communities that are based on inclusion, equity, and valuing our community asset – human capital.

News & Updates

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  • VEEEM Awarded Terri the 2021 Civic Engagement Champion

    Congratulations to Terri on being named the 2021 Civic Engagement Champion by VEEEM! This award is a testament to Terri’s commitment to voter education and her dedication to making a difference in her community. VEEEM Pittsburgh is a faith-based, nonpartisan community organization dedicated to increasing voter turnout in the Greater Pittsburgh area. For more information […]

  • The Colorful Background/EXPO Graduation

    The Colorful Background/EXPO program is a 12-week cohort designed for individuals with prior convictions. The program includes a family component to ensure everyone is involved in the growth process. The cohort consists of resume/cover letter writing, anger management, computer skills, mental health, housing, credit repair, and banking, among other topics. Upon completion, participants will receive […]

  • Voter Engagement Study

    West End P.O.W.E.R. asked students from Pitt University to gather data to help educate our communities on the importance of voter engagement.

  • Three Officers and Two Paramedics Charged in Elijah McClain’s Death

    A grand jury in Colorado just indicted 3 police officers and 2 paramedics in the brutal murder of Elijah McClain. They were charged with 32 counts.⁣ ⁣ Elijah was not only unarmed and non-violent, he never even broke a law and should not have been touched by anyone in the first place. ⁣ ⁣ Let […]

  • West End P.O.W.E.R. Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Leaders Rev. C.T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis

    West End POWER today offers its deepest condolences on the passing of Civil Rights Leaders Rev. C.T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis. The example that they set in the fight for justice and equality is one that WEP strives hard to follow. Time after time they demonstrated their courage and tenacity to ensure that Black […]

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Our Story

Who are we?

West End P.O.W.E.R. is a community organization committed to strengthening communities through activism, advocacy, education, equity, and promoting unity. We work to transform communities in the Greater Pittsburgh Region, particularly communities of color and other underrepresented communities.

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"Terri survived our deeply rigged criminal justice system and has dedicated her life to saving others from what she went through. She founded a nonprofit group, got involved with her church, and began volunteering in her community."

Hon. Elizabeth Warren - United States Senator from Massachusetts

“When she’s not working at P.O.W.E.R., Terri is the director of community engagement at her church, does all kinds of volunteering, and is an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform.”


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