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Local Leaders Team Up To Help Refugees Make Pittsburgh Home

Hello Neighbor and Lark Adventurewear are working together to improve our region by supporting refugees and moms. And there are no shortage of ways you can help, too.


How can you cop some of the most eco-friendly children's clothing while also supporting refugees in the region? Until Sunday the 19th, when you make any purchase from children's clothing boutique Lark Adventurewear, 10% of proceeds will go to Hello Neighbor, the local mentorship program that connects refugees with mentors.

Lark Adventurewear, founded by Pallavi Golla , takes something like the LuLulemon model (except objectively more affordable) and makes it for kids. A mother of two boys, Pallavi noticed that her son was uncomfortable in the sun, while she was staying cool her activewear. "So I made it my mission to make better baby clothes for the comfort of our children." Made with bamboo, it's breathable, durable, eco-friendly, and super stain resistant.

Hello Neighbor , founded by Sloane Davidson , supports "recently resettled refugees through mentorship." Sloane explains that, oftentimes, social isolation is severe for refugees because there's no support system. Hello Neighbor breaks down those barriers to "build bridges in the city of bridges," and has matched 72 families from 11 countries with Pittsburghers to act as mentors. But this is more than just volunteering, as there's a good chance you'll end up with new friends and new perspectives to show for it.

But, how did Hello Neighbor and Lark Adventurewear get connected? Just like most great partnerships, it started organically when the two mothers met, and started dreaming up ways they could support each other. Next thing you know, Pittsburgh is blessed with a pair of local female leaders helping moms, kids, and refugees making Pittsburgh their new home.

And through the weekend, Lark Adventurewear is donating 10% of its profits to Hello Neighbor, so there's never been a better time to support their missions to start something good.

Want to take it a step further and sign up to be a mentor , but not sure what to expect? Basically, you'll be getting into all the fun things you would do with a friend. You can cook up some meals with produce from the soon-to-be-opened farmers markets, explore the city, talk over coffee in the Strip District, or walk through the Warhol Museum. You can even volunteer as a homework helper, or to specifically support new moms. All it takes is about 10 hours a month, and you'll be glad you did it. In fact, 100% of mentors said they would sign up for Hello Neighbor again, and 100% of mentees said it positively impact their lives.

So this weekend, consider making a purchase from Lark Adventurewear and supporting Hello Neighbor. You and your little kiddos can hang out at the park or by the pool, and you won't be constantly stressing if she's too hot, too red, too exposed to the sun, you can just *chill* knowing that they're cool and covered, and that part of your purchase is also going to help local refugees.

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