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Word of Mouth - October 2017

October 2017

Thank you all so much for your help, support and belief in Global Wordsmiths during these recent, hectic months. We are so grateful for each and every one of you. Here are a few of the things we’ve been up to: “New" Location. Global Wordsmiths moved on June 1st to Ascender, Pittsburgh’s hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. It’s so good to finally have “A Room of Our Own”. Our not-so-new permanent address is 6401 Penn Avenue, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh PA 15206. The Language Access Project has launched! Our innovative Language Access Project will provide Jewish Family and Children’s Services with over one hundred hours of no-cost language translation and interpretation services during our fall 2017 cycle, which begins in earnest on October 2nd. Invest in Her. Global Wordsmiths is thrilled, humbled and thankful to have been chosen as a finalist in the 2017 Invest in Her Pitch Competition, which will take place on October 19th. Fiscal Sponsorship. Global Wordsmiths has partnered with New Sun Rising as a fiscal sponsor in order to broaden our fundraising capabilities. This will allow Global Wordsmiths to expand it’s mission to improve language access in Western Pennsylvania. Plus, they’re great. Wishing you and yours a happy month, Mary Jayne


We are now accepting Partner Organization applications for our 2018 Language Access Project cycles. If your organization is a 501(c)3 and provides significant services to immigrants and refugees in the area details, contact Meredith Bapir to apply:

Language Access Resources

The National Latina Network for Healthy Families and Communities has developed this wonderful “Language Access Toolkit” that provides resources and support to build language access as a core service:

Client Spotlight:

Refugee Health Advocacy Project

Funded by the PA Office of Refugee Resettlement and aligned with their Refugee Preventive Health Program goals, the Refugee Health Promotion in Allegheny County project will provide training and resources to support refugees in accessing and utilizing healthcare, preventive healthcare and behavioral health services, as well as developing healthy lifestyle habits. Nine educational project modules are being created with the help of partners including: the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Northern Area Multi-Service Center, South Hills Interfaith Movement, Squirrel Hill Health Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital. Contact: Courtney


COESA Multilingual Program Language Classes: Sep. 28 – Dec. 2

Portuguese, Spanish, English or French. Register at or at your first class. Festival of Friendship: September 29 – October 1 Highlighted Event, Sept 30th 1 pm: Refugees: Not Numbers, but People with Younus Mirza, Islamic Studies Professor, Allegheny College; and Ilaria Schnyder von Wartensee, Research Assistant Professor, Keough School of Global Affairs, Notre Dame University Free DACA Clinics, hosted by Casa San Jose: September 30th Call (412) 343- 3111 to sign up and schedule a time. Current DACA holders can renew if your authorization expires between 09/05/2017-3/05/2018 YOU MUST RENEW BEFORE October 5th, 2017 Please bring a copy of your previous DACA applications, work permit, and approval notice(s). You may also bring documentation that might be helpful to renew your DACA. Immigration Law Attorneys and Assistant will be providing FREE legal consultations and services. We can also help you explore other options that may be available to you. If you need help paying fee(s) we can help you during the clinic. Creating Confluence: September 30 and October 1 Workshops in this series will train leaders in the combined awareness, knowledge, and skills that are crucial for successfully engaging with diverse constituencies. Steel City World Cup and Global Festival: October 1, 12:00 The Steel City World Cup and Global Festival Presented by BNY Mellon concludes on October 1st with a grand celebration of Pittsburgh’s vibrant and growing global community. FREE and open to the public. Festival includes global food from Jamaica, Kenya, Greece, Mexico, and more; entertainment by Yamoussa Camara West African Drumming and dancers from Cameroon, Nepal, Spain, and Mexico; DJ playing global beats; Riverhounds autograph sessions; and semi-final and championship matches. Global Pittbsurgh first Thursdays happy hour Oct 5 – 5:30 – 8:00 Meet globally-minded people from Pittsburgh and all over the world to make new friends and learn more about different cultures at our GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays monthly happy hour. Bring your friends, family and colleagues or come alone - it's a very friendly group! Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership Summit: October 5 and 6 The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership invites you to the David Lawrence Convention Center for it’s biennial summit: two days of provocative dialogue and practical professional development designed to bring together the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Una Serata Italiana: October 7, 6:00 – 9:00 Cooking class with Mondo Italiano and songs from Italy by Marco Fiorante Global Links Family Volunteer Day: October 7th, 10:00 Global Links has always valued children as capable members of society and welcomed them as volunteers. Through our new, dedicated Family Volunteer Days, families with children of all ages can work together in a supportive and educational environment. Global Fluency Training for Educators: October 9, 8:00 – 3:00 This specialized training prepares educators to maximize the diversity and global nature of their classrooms through a combination of discussion, activities such as role play, and design thinking exercises. Hub + Spoke: October 13, 6:00 – 11:00 The Global Switchboard is brining it’s Digital Hub to life at the Ace Hotel! The event will highlight the people, projects, and organizations that are committed to better connecting Pittsburgh to the world. CameroonFDP: Taste of Africa An unforgettable opportunity to connect with interesting people, experience different cultures and raise funds to support FDP International Week at the University of Pittsburgh: October 15 – 21 For one week every year, students at universities and colleges across the United States celebrate and experience the benefits of international education and exchange. Pitt actively participates in this joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. International Week is hosted by the University Center of International Studies (UCIS). UCIS is dedicated to initiating, supporting, and coordinating international activities campus-wide. The theme of this year's International Week is "Displacement." Día de los Muertos 2017: October 29, 1:00 – 4:00 Join La Escuelita Arcoiris at The Shop- Homewood on October 29 from 1-4 PM for an afternoon filled with family-friendly, community based activities! Enjoy food, drinks, and live music; Plus face painting, sugar skulls, tamales, tarot card reading and much more! Let the Pittsburgh community come together as one, for a celebration of life and a remembrance of loved ones who have passed!

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