He started volunteering at the York County Literacy Council, joined the board of Working Class, took on a business advisory role for the STEAM Academy, and joined the board for Creativity Unleashed at the York County Economic Alliance.
It was the best way he knew to get to know the city and the people working to build it up.
To Martin, it’s not just about having a lively nightlife; you have to support everyone in the community to help a city rise, he says.
It’s the behind-the-scenes programs, like the nonprofits that help improve adult literacy and encourage children in the arts, that help build the foundation for the city.
You might see the signs of revitalization in a bustling First Friday, but the real change happens when you build up the community at every level.
Pittsburgh will always be close to his heart, but he’s proud to call York home now – and he’s excited to be a part of the city’s transformation.
“I want to make a difference in the place that I call home,” he says.