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Word of Mouth - December 2017

December 2017

I hope you all enjoyed a happy time celebrating with loved ones during the recent holiday break. We wish you peace, health and joy during the upcoming holidays and through the new year.


New Partner Organizations! We are brimming with excitement to announce Global Wordsmiths’ Partner Organizations for the upcoming Language Access Project cycle: Bike Pittsburgh. Bike Pittsburgh is transforming our streets and communities into vibrant, healthy places by making them safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk. Building New Hope. Building New Hope collaborates with Central Americans to build sustainable livelihoods by linking people and communities with educational and economic opportunities. Friends of Farmworkers. Friends of Farmworkers supports low-wage workers as they pursue economic and social justice. We do this through the provision of Legal Services, Education, and Advocacy. JFCS Refugee and Immigrant Services. JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services has worked with thousands of individuals and families over the years, helping them create new lives in our community after escaping unimaginable circumstances. From resettling newly-arriving refugees to connecting people with critical resources for acclimating to live in our country, JFCS is with it’s clients through every step of their journey. Just Harvest. Just Harvest educates, empowers and mobilizes people to eliminate hunger, poverty, and economic injustice in our communities by influencing public policy, engaging in advocacy, and connecting people to public benefits. From January 16 through April 20, these organizations will receive Arabic, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Nepali and Spanish language translation and interpretation services at no cost through the Language Access Project so that they can provide meaningful language access to the clients they serve. Hooray! Global Pittsburgh Immigrant Champion Award Nomination. Global Wordsmiths has been nominated for a Global Pittsburgh Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration Award in the Immigrant Champion category. This new annual event will showcase the wide range of enterprises and services in the Pittsburgh region provided by immigrant entrepreneurs and champions. The Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration will take place on the evening of Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Rivers Club. Tickets available here. Pitchwerks Episode #57. Listen to us talk to Scot MacTaggart about doing what you love and loving what you do at the 20:30 mark on episode 57 of the Pitchwerks podcast. If you're in sales, biz dev, marketing, product management or politics, The Pitchwerks Podcast is a fast, easy way to sharpen your tools each week. Do what you love, and love what you do! Have a great month, Mary Jayne


Pittsburgh’s Multicultural Liaison Unit launched Wednesday to help bridge the cultural and communication gaps between the Department of Public Safety and immigrant and refugee communities. The unit is comprised of members of the mayor’s office, public safety and the police bureau, who will work together with community leaders.

Language Access Resources

Department of Justice Language Access Resources for State Courts. These resources are a sampling of those that may be useful in developing a language access program and are not necessarily endorsed by the Department of Justice or by the Federal Interagency Working Group on LEP.

Client Spotlight: Consumer Health Coalition

Consumer Health Coalition’s (CHC) mission is to inspire a consumer movement to advance health and enhance access to quality, affordable healthcare in Southwestern Pennsylvania. CHC reaches out to and enrolls at-risk consumers in public health insurance programs, and educates the community about the availability of public health insurance programs and pertinent health policy issues. CHC both serves and organizes at-risk, marginalized people and the organizations that serve them to influence system reform. They have a strong commitment to partnerships in Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania and strive to continually expand their reach. Please contact Consumer Health Coalition for free assistance with enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace before open enrollment ends on December 15, 2017. CHC also help consumers with applying for Medical Assistance and the CHIP program any time of the year.

Please call 412-456-1877 or visit


Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition Community Navigator Training November 27 – December 9 From November 27-December 9, PICC will be hosting an in-person training series for Community Navigators. Navigators will receive specialized training to provide quality immigration services for their communities in an empowering and effective ways. Interpretation and childcare will be available. Please register by Nov. 20th and contact Alicia at with any questions.

  • 11/27: Orientation for Community Navigators

  • 11/28: Overview of Immigration Law

  • 12/2: Eligibility Screening & Citizenship

  • 12/6: Presentation & Training Skills

  • 12/9: Know Your Rights & Deportation Defense

26th Annual Nationality Rooms Holiday Open House December 3, 12:00 – 4:00 at the Cathedral of Learning Sample foods and watch performances by diverse ethnic communities and enjoy all of the nationality rooms decorated in their hoiday finery at this wonderful annual holiday event. Just Films: The Peace Agency December 6, 6:30 at the Eddy Theater Lian Gogali and her 500 female students are a force to be reckoned with the conflict torn area of Poso, Indonesia. They are part of a powerful and successful movement for peace and justice in an area that has been racked by inter-religious violence for over a decade. But five years ago, Lian was just a single mother living in rural Poso with a broken leg and a big dream to educate marginalized women. The Peace Agency follows her remarkable journey from her village to New York City to create The Women’s School, an institution that transforms its all-female class into agents of peace and non-violence grassroots activism that has altered the course of the conflict in Poso, and possibly the future of Indonesia. Global Pittbsurgh first Thursdays Happy Hour December 7, 5:30 – 8:00 at Atria’s Restaurant 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! Lúnasa with Ashley Davis December 9th at 7:30, Carnegie Music Hall Lúnasa is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. Coro Latinoamericano 20th Anniversary Holiday Concert December 10th, 4:00 pm at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium The Coro Latinoamericano – Pittsburgh, founded in 1997, is dedicated to building bridges to other peoples and cultures in Pittsburgh and beyond through choral music from the countries of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Coro Latinoamericano – Pittsburgh is committed to educational outreach and the cultural enrichment of the Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania region, and beyond. Annual Menorah Parade and Chanukah Fesitval December 12, 5:00pm at the Waterfront Shopping Center Chabad of Western PA and Bnai Emunoh Chabad have partnered with The Waterfront Shopping Center to celebrate the Festival of Chanukah on December 12 under the Homestead Grays bridge at The Waterfront. The festival will run from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and will include live music, a heated tent with food vendors, games and activities for the kids with Paint Monkey and a special grand menorah lighting. Global Pittsburgh Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration Awards Ceremony December 13, , 6:00 – 8:30 at the Rivers Club This new annual event will showcase the wide range of enterprises and services in the Pittsburgh region provided by immigrant entrepreneurs. “We are excited to recognize the achievements of some of the many entrepreneurs who have enriched our region with their talents and tenacity,” said John W. Hindman, GlobalPittsburgh Board Chairman. “We are a region that was built on the hard work and innovation of immigrants and that continues to this day thanks to newer generations of immigrant entrepreneurs."

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