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The Optimist Club is a voluntary organization of local civic-minded men and women motivated by the desire to contribute to the community. By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can be, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place to live. There are 105,000 members who belong to more than 3,200 clubs worldwide, serving over six million young people every year.

 Carl A. Bongiovanni Scholarship
Golf Fundraising Event

On behalf of the Pittsburgh North Optimist Foundation and the Carl A. Bongiovanni Scholarship Committee, thank you all for your participation in the 2024 golf outing. Your generosity netted $23,000 for deserving young people choosing a career in the construction trades. We were delighted that two of our scholarship awardees were able to join us for part of the festivities.

Do you enjoy helping others?


PITTSBURGH NORTH OPTIMIST CLUB is currently recruiting new members, supporters & leaders.  We continue to look for new, creative ideas to help the local youth & community.  By joining the Optimist Club you could help develop and implement projects & programs that improve our neighborhoods and give more opportunities and help to our local youth.


Previously, monthly meetings were held at a local restaurant or Lauri Ann West Community Center.  (Pre-Covid) Hopefully, we will be able to resume holding them in the not too distant future.   Meetings last no longer than an hour and are followed by social time which is fun and a good opportunity to meet or catch up with fellow Optimists!   Attending meetings is not mandatory.  


PNOC conducts two annual fundraisers, the Ducky Derby and Toy Drive Party.  Both are exciting events that offer the opportunity to get involved, although your time commitment to volunteer is a personal decision, there is no pressure.  There are many other projects where you may choose to devote your time. More information can be found on our website 


If you would like to join a committed, friendly & fun group of community-minded folks contact John Harford by phone, 412-782-4120 or by email at

Let's talk

If you're optimistic, or if you want to become more optimistic then contact us.  Helping others is one of the best feelings in the world, it will feed your hope for the future generations.  Use the form below to reach us by email.  Cheers!

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