One of the surprises of the offseason has been Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster returning to Pittsburgh for the 2021 season.
With the star wide receiver’s Steeler career continuing, so is his philanthropy in the community.
Smith-Schuster announced Thursday he is awarding $75,000 in grants to ten Pittsburgh-based charities.
The organizations receiving grants include Animal Advocates, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Jeremiah’s Place, Holy Family Institute, Light of Life Rescue Mission, PA Women Work, Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh, Unpack U, and UPMC Senior Services.
“On behalf of the JuJu Foundation, we recognize these 10 great Pittsburgh area non-profit organizations for the important work that they do,” said Smith-Schuster. “We hope that their work continues to make a positive impact in our community.”
From food to family services to healthcare, all of the organization have provided life-saving assistance to Pittsburghers in need during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Smith-Schuster’s grant will continue to allow those organizations to provide the resources people desperately need.
“The Food Bank greatly appreciates this grant from the JuJu Foundation,” Lisa Scales, President and CEO of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank told Steelers.com. “As so many of our neighbors continue to struggle to put food on the table and make tough choices between buying food and paying for other household essentials, this contribution will support our goal to stabilize lives in Southwestern Pennsylvania.”
“We are honored and grateful that Holy Family Institute was selected to receive this support from the JuJu Foundation,” Sister Linda Yankoski, President and CEO of Holy Family Institute told Steelers.com. “Holy Family Institute provides help, healing, and hope to some of the most vulnerable youth, families, and students in the area through our multiple programs. Nazareth Prep is now the largest private high school with a majority Black student body in the Pittsburgh area. The pandemic forced us to transition to remote learning several times throughout the past year, which has been challenging for our students. The grant from the JuJu Foundation will help us provide much-needed summer school education.”