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Alliance works for change on Hilltop


September 22, 2009

The Hilltop Alliance, a consortium of community-based groups on the Hilltop, is kicking off a drive to make positive changes in its neighborhoods.

The initial event, Positive Change in the Hilltop, is a community engagement process that will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 8:30 at St. John Vianney Parish Center, 823 Climax Street. Hilltop residents are urged to come and participate to add their voice, share their ideas and help make a positive difference in the community.

"it is important that you ‘have a say' in how the community in which you live, work and play will grow and change," explained Sara Bennett, Hilltop Alliance Community Organizer. "We will be using a community engagement model, Everyday Democracy, which specializes in helping communities find ways for all kinds of people to think, talk and work together in order to solve problems."

Beginning on October 1, there will be a series of dialogues with Hilltop stakeholders over a six-week period. The initiative is a result of the CORO community conservations held at the Potter's House Cathedral in 2000.

The Hilltop Alliance hopes to build on the foundation of past efforts to come up with ideas for concrete action to make the streets safer, break down barriers and bring needed resources into the communities.

Steps include the kickoff event at St. John Vianney Parish Center 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 followed by another forum in November leading to action items.

Pledging to assist the Hilltop Alliance in the effort are Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, Community Technical Assistance Center, the Birmingham Foundation and city and county development agencies.

For more information on the Hilltop Alliance or to RSVP for Positive Change in the Hilltop, contact Ms. Bennett at 412-608-9911 or email: sara.esther.bennett@


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