Through For Good PGH, we plan to undertake a number of initiatives that promote tolerance and inclusivity, and support underserved populations.
For Good PGH was born of the idea that our region is full of generous, caring residents who want to do good for others, but sometimes don't know where to start. In addition to our own initiatives, we will facilitate partnerships between companies, nonprofits and individuals who want to do good in their communities. We know that small acts can go a long way towards making someone's day, week, or even year, and can inspire much larger acts beyond anything that could have been anticipated.
During these tense and very charged times this concept might sound naive, and maybe it is, but we believe that there has never been a better time to reach out and do something positive for someone else. We hope you'll join us.
- Kristen Michaels & Gisele Fetterman
Who Are We?
Gisele Fetterman is an access and equity advocate, a hugger and the First Lady of Braddock, Pa. She is the founder of Freestore 15104, where surplus and donated goods are received and redistributed to neighbors in need. The Freestore aims to eradicate food and clothing insecurity, and currently serves close to 1,600 clients a month. The Freestore has inspired 6 spin off locations and the birth of 412 Food Rescue. Gisele is the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a community wide effort to end hunger and reduce food waste. 412 Food Rescue works with food retailers, wholesalers and other food providers to rescue un-sellable but perfectly good food to feed the food insecure. She is co-founder of For Good PGH, a non-profit that works to advocate inclusion and inspire kindness. Its first initiative, Hello Hijab, has received both national and international praise. Gisele was born in Brazil and emigrated as a child to the US, living as an undocumented immigrant for over a decade. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, TODAY Show, CNN, NPR, NY Post and more. Gisele is a Forty under 40 honoree, a Tedx Speaker and a mother of three.
From 9-5, Kristen Michaels, a Pittsburgh native, serves as the Executive Director of the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT), where she works to bring elected and appointed officials from the City of Pittsburgh and its 40 neighboring municipalities together to collaborate on common policy issues. She moonlights as the co-founder of For Good PGH, a non-profit that works to advocate inclusion and inspire kindness through its own unique initiatives and by facilitating partnerships. Kristen is co-founder of Free Store Wilkinsburg, in Wilkinsburg, PA that serves neighbors in need, and is a freelance writer. Earlier in her career, she held management positions in marketing and public relations. Kristen was recently named one of The Incline’s under 40 Community Leaders. She's a proud mother of two daughters, two dogs, and a guinea pig named Fluffy Puppy.