Why Become a Project? – There are many reasons people start a project at the Thomas Merton Center. Benefits include fiscal sponsorship, meeting space, and more. If your group aligns with our mission to create a more peaceful and just world, the first step is to fill out the online project application linked here to be considered. If you have any questions, please call our offices.
Project Descriptions – Below, you can find a short description and contact email for all of our affiliated projects. For more information, just scroll down!
The Anti-War Committee organizes rallies, marches, vigils, teach-ins, conferences, a speakers bureau, legislative action, media outreach, and other activities to end U.S. wars and occupations. To get involved, contact us at
Book’Em: Books to Prisoners Project
Book ‘Em: Books to Prisoners Project is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that sends free educational books and quality reading material to prisoners in Pennsylvania. We meet from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on the first two or three Sundays of the month in the basement of TMC. To get involved, and also see our calendar, visit the website at
Pittsburgh for CEDAW
Pittsburgh for CEDAW aims to bring the Convention to End all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to Pittsburgh to hold our city government accountable to the rights of all women. To get involved please email and check us out on Facebook.
Eco Justice Working Group
The Committee is dedicated to issues of environmental rights and local democratic rights of people working to preserve clean air, clean water, and soil. To get involved, please contact Wanda Guthrie at 412-596-0066 or
East End Community Thrift Store
The East End Community Thrift Store, also known as Thrifty, is an all volunteer-run thrift shop which provide quality, low cost used clothing and household goods to the surrounding community. To get involved, contact Shirley Gleditsch at 412-361-6010 or email
Fight For Lifers West
Fight for Lifers West is dedicated to supporting people sentenced to life without parole and their loved ones while striving to improve the criminal justice system and building positive community relationships. To learn more and get involved, check out our website at FightForLifersWest.org and contact us at 412-345-1532 or
Friends of the Harmed/Shalefield Stories
Friends of the Harmed collaborates with researchers, concerned citizens, and local grassroots groups to provide support and direct aid to individuals, families, and communities in Western PA who have been negatively impacted by Unconventional Natural Gas Development, also known as Fracking. FOH also publishes a booklet chronicling testimonials from those impacted by fracking, called Shalefield Stories. 100% of donations collected from the distribution of this book support our direct aid efforts. To make a one-time donation and receive a copy of Shalefield Stories as a thank you gift, go to shalefieldstories.org or email us at to inquire about books in bulk.
Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition
GPIC works to promote a sense of unity among Pittsburgh faith leaders by convening diverse religious faith communities to share resources, foster dialogue and provide education and celebratory venues to deepen understanding and strengthen community relationships. For more information contact
The vision is to establish a social/economic generator for free trade development of neighborhoods to participate in regional and global community markets. To get involved, contact George Hogan 3rd at 412-961-1377 or
Human Rights Coalition Fed Up! Chapter
Fed Up! is the Pittsburgh chapter of the Human Rights Coalition dedicated to upholding the rights of prisoners. To get involved, contact Bret Grote at 412-654-9070 or
Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition
This group organizes events in support of legislation to improve protection for the people of Darfur and bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice. For more information, and to find out how you might get involved, visit Or contact David Rosenberg at 412-992-0102 or
350Pittsburgh is the Pittsburgh chapter of the international 350.org movement, which aims to use grassroots organizing to run adaptive, locally-driven campaigns for meaningful action on climate change. For more information, visit our website or contact us at
Pittsburghers For Public Transit
PPT is a volunteer, grassroots organization of transit riders, drivers and supporters that advocates for public mass transit because it’s essential for healthy environments, economies, and communities. We work together to win the following rights for all. For more information contact Laura Wiens at
Stop Sexual Assault in the Military
SSAM works to increase awareness of the growing incident of sexual assault in the military and works to enact external controls to protect those who victimized. For more information, visit our tumblr or contact Ginny at
Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens Group
Our mission is to educate citizens on the impacts of Marcellus Shale hydro-fracturing of each community as well as the long-term economic impact. To get involved, contact Lou Pochet at 724-837-0540 or
Poor People's Campaign
People coming together to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. We understand that as a nation we are at a critical juncture — that we need a movement that will shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people.