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The History and Role of The Arlington Civic Council in Pittsburgh's South Neighborhood

The Hilltop Alliance is bringing back our Hilltop Summit in 2024 on March 19th at Alla Famiglia on E Warrington Ave in the Allentown neighborhood. This annual event brings us together with the eleven community-based organizations we are comprised of to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. This week, we are highlighting the history and role of the Arlington Civic Council


The Arlington Civic Council has been leading community engagement in the Arlington area since its establishment in 1971. Originally a gathering of concerned citizens, it has evolved into an organization with monthly meetings held on the first Monday of each month )rescheduled to the second Monday in case of holidays.) The council's mission is to enhance the physical and social conditions of the Arlington area. It is currently in the process of becoming a Registered Community Organization with the City of Pittsburgh, seeking formal recognition for its role in advancing the neighborhood.

Key members like Annie Parrish and Debra Morgan, alongside board members and volunteers, plan the council's yearly events. These annual events include Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, National Night Out, Trunk or Treat, and Light Up Night foster community unity and engagement. This year's Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is coming up on March 24th. The Arlington Civic Council collaborates with State Representative Jessica Benham, State Senator Jay Costa, and Councilperson Bob Charland’s office who attend events and assist throughout the year.

The Council welcomes new members regardless of residency, emphasizing inclusivity. In addition to its regular events, is aims to win the 2024 Garbage Olympics to put the spotlight on their hardworking volunteers and residents.

The Arlington Civic Council had remained dedicated to improving the lives of its residents through collaboration, events, cleanups, and being champions for Arlington.

“We are always looking for people who want to get involved and make a difference. You don’t have to be from Arlington to come join us!”

-Annie Parrish

To get involved, email Annie Parrish at

The next event hosted by the Arlington Civic Council is Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on March 24th.

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