Hello Neighbor Friendsgiving Tonight!

Join Hello Neighbor and The Mayor’s Office at the City of Pittsburgh tonight from 5:30–8:00PM at the City-County Building (414 Grant St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219) for a free and family-friendly event, the Hello Neighbor Dinner. Tour Council Chambers and enjoy a meal with your Council Members, civil servants and neighbors. We will have activities to learn about Pittsburgh’s history and be part of this city’s future.

This event made possible through the collaboration between community organizations, the City of Pittsburgh and amazing volunteers, including:

City Council | Civic Leadership Academy | Pittsburgh Public Safety Department | Department of Innovation & Performance | Hello Neighbor | NEXTpittsburgh | The Mayor’s Office | The Urban Redevelopment Authority | Vibrant Pittsburgh | Welcoming Pittsburgh | The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

The City-County Building is the hub of government activity for the City of Pittsburgh. The building is incredibly rich with history and a vibrant place to receive services and engage with elected officials and government processes. This event was a unique opportunity for us at Hello Neighbor to work with local partners for an opportunity to see the City-County Building in a new way. We are also hosting discussions around what it means to be a neighbor and invite you to experience translated tours in six languages through the historic council chambers and city council offices.

Refugees, our newest Americans, add so much to Pittsburgh’s community. Hello Neighbor is proud to partner with The City of Pittsburgh on this Hello Neighbor Dinner. Pittsburgh is a city of bridges, and what better way to build bridges than to have our newest residents feel welcome and engaged with our civic leaders and public servants. I believe this is a huge step in helping them feel comfortable and confident in their new lives.

“The City-County Building should be a building all residents are comfortable visiting. Partnering with many departments and organizations for the Hello Neighbor Dinner provides a chance for many people to be welcomed to the building for the first time.” says Mayor William Peduto. “We hope with events like this and Light-Up Night coming up this Friday more individuals, especially new residents in the City of Pittsburgh, will engage with the City-County Building and the activities of City government.”

This event is inspired by inclusive innovation initiatives taking place across the City of Pittsburgh and in partnership with the Welcome Neighbor Dinner spearheaded by Next Pittsburgh, Vibrant Pittsburgh and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh . In an effort to involve everyone in Pittsburgh’s transformation the city is piloting new mechanisms to engage, connect and serve residents. At times these innovations feature technology and other times it is a chance to try something new, to see what strategies the city can deploy to invite everyone to the table. Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight and to invite you to be part of the future we are building together in Pittsburgh.

Hello Neighbor Mentor Applications are available through November 19th! Apply today: https://www.helloneighbor.io/

Refugee mentee applications and nominations are open through December 22nd. We welcome anyone interested in participating to be in contact and attend information sessions around the city in November and December. Our next cohort will begin in March, 2018 and run for four months through June, 2018.