Diverse Cranberry

Welcome to Cranberry Township!


Cranberry Township values the diversity of our residents. A diverse community, with a vibrant atmosphere positively affects the overall quality of life. A community rich in culture can play a significant role in developing a unique sense of community identity. 

Cranberry’s cultural diversity is ever-increasing. More and more international residents are calling Cranberry home. Relocating to a new community and country can be an overwhelming process. 
Diversity Coordinators & Co-Founders

Contact us: Diversity@cranberrytownship.org
Charles Hawkins, 724-968-8148
Gary Winterhalter, 412-519-7285

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Childrens Grief Awareness DayWed., November 7 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Highmark Caring Place, 200 Warrendale Village Dr., Warrendale, PA 15086.

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Children's Grief Awareness Day, Highmark Caring Place together with the Cranberry Area Diversity Network invites you to a special training: Children and Grief: If You're Old Enough to Love, You're Old Enough to Grieve".

  • Discuss ways to support grieving children;
  • Learn about the support services offered at the Highmark Caring Place;
  • Ask your questions about children and grief.
  • No cost to attend; refreshments provided.

RSVP's encouraged but not required. Email: Janet.arida@highmark.com

The 4th annual Cranberry Area Folk & Food Festival, presented by the Cranberry Area Diversity Network, featured a series of 20-minute dance and musical performances by more than a dozen separate nationality groups. Groups representing cultures as diverse as Japan, China, Peru and Venezuela, as well as several local advocacy organizations, will man information booths throughout the Center.  Kiosks representing the cuisine of various South American, East Asian, Eastern European and South Asian nations will also be operating on site. Cranberry at Your Service –  highlighted the services routinely performed by the Township’s different municipal departments, will feature Public Works, Public Safety, Parks & Recreation, Cranberry Highlands, Technology & Communications, Finance, Engineering, Codes, and Customer Service.
Spotlight on Mental Health: Depression - Real Conversations & Effective Help, Tues., January 23, 2018
Resource Fair, Living Experience Panel, Understanding Adolescent Depression, Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment of Mood Disorders
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Abilities Expo - An Event for the Whole Community, Wed., November 1, 2017

Join us in celebrating our special needs community and help us in strengthening our inclusive efforts for all who represent our region through resources, panel discussion, and live entertainment. Life in a conventional community presents unconventional challenges to people with special needs. They include physical, mental and emotional tests that many of their neighbors may not realize. This event was created to showcase the talent, intelligence, hard work and love that these residents bring to Western Pennsylvania.  Special guests: Jon Kolb, Joe Grushecky, Dan McCoy. 
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Spotlight on Mental Health - Understanding Grief and Loss, October 4, 2017
Dealing with the death of a family member, neighbor, co-worker or other close acquaintance is a challenge everyone faces sooner or later. But because the experience of loss is universal, those who are bereaved can learn ways of coping and draw comfort from one another.
Spotlight on Mental Health - Suicide Awareness and Prevention, February 15, 2017
Suicide awareness and prevention will be the topic of the Network’s Spotlight on Mental Health in the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA. Sponsors include the Cranberry Area Diversity Network, Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA, Butler County Suicide Awareness Task Force, the Seneca Valley School District, Cranberry Rotary Clubs, Cranberry Psychological Center, and Cranberry Township.
Spotlight on Mental Health, Understanding Youth Anxiety, October 11, 2016
Resources shared by our presenters

  • The Anxiety Cure for Kids: A Guide for Parents. Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, Robert L. DuPont & Caroline DuPont 
  • There’s a Volcano in My Tummy: Children’s Workbook for Anger/Irritability/DepressionElaine Whitehouse
  • What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: Children/Youth Anxiety Workbook. Dawn Huebner
  • Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood. Jennifer Traig
  • The Anxiety and Phobia WorkbookEdmund Bourne
  • Speak. Laurie Anderson 
  • How to Raise an Adult. Julie Lythcott-Haims

Support Group List

NAMI PA Butler County
Family Support Groups
  • Butler – Last Wednesday each month, 6:30 PM, Mental Health Association, Voyagers Room.
  • Zelienople – 2nd Tuesday each month, Passavant Retirement Community Center, 5:30 PM.
Meeting information contact: Butler NAMI Office (724) 431-0069

NAMI Parent Support Group
Youth and Transition-Age
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month, 5-7 PM . Cross Roads Church, 325 N. Highland Drive, Pittsburgh 15206.
More information, email Linda Thornhill,  lpthornhill@live.com 

NAMI Connections
Peer Facilitated Recovery Support Group
Meets the 1st Friday, 1:30 PM. Mental Health Association, Voyagers Room, 140 North Elm Street.
Meeting information contact: Butler NAMI Office (724) 431-0069.

NAMI Pittsburgh North
McKnight Plaza, Ross Twp., 1st Wednesday of the Month, 7-9 p.m.
Meeting information contact: Candy, (412) 361-8916.
May 2016 NAMI North Newsletter

Hope for Mental Health
A Parent Support Group for Moms, Dads, Grandparents, etc. Struggling with Children of all ages with Mental Health Challenges 
Monthly Meeting Dates to be announced for early 2017 
Meeting information contact: Mike and Tammy Corb (412) 535-2727.

Grace Community Church, 9160 Marshall Road, Cranberry Township, PA.
Offers professional counseling, 1-1 Care, special needs support and autism support.  Grace is also planning a group for caregivers of special needs family members. Contact care@mycc.org or call (724) 779-7997 for more information about any of their services.  

A support group for parents, families, and service providers of people on the autism spectrum, led by Caitlin Freeman and Phil Garrow, two adults on the autism spectrum. They share what they have learned in seven years of participating in, and supporting the autism community. Their goal is to help people understand autism from the inside out. 

The group meets monthly at the Oakland Community Human Services (CHS) Building, 372 Lawn Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (at the corner of Lawn St. and Kennett Sq.). For more information, contact Caitlin Freeman.
Website: "Ask An Aspie"  Contact: Caitlin Freeman | Phone: (412) 605.0113 | Email: caitlin.freeman@gmail.com
PA 2-1-1- Southwest 
This is a FREE resource and information hub that connects people with community health and disaster services in 11 counties through a free, 24/7 confidential phone service and web site.  
Phone: 2-1-1  Website: www.pa211sw.org   Text: 898-211    E-mail: info@pa211sw.org 

Consider becoming involved with the Cranberry Area Diversity Network

Our Mission is to provide a two-fold approach that fosters an inclusionary ideology that speaks to all people of all ethnic, religious, gender, physiological, age and other differences which tend to deny them total acceptance within the community. Contact: Diversity@CranberryTownship.org

Our goals:

Short Term: Provide immediate response to diversity conflicts that threaten the emotional well-being and could lead to physical conflict among residents or groups within Cranberry Township.
Long Term: Develop initiatives that will bring about education and understanding of diversity and promote inclusion to create an environment that understands and appreciates diverse cultures, people, and strives to include them in all facets of community life.

SV Diversity brochureYou may wish to join the Seneca Valley School District's Diversity Initiative - whether you have children currently enrolled in school or not.

Review their brochure
Meeting Schedule

For more information or to join, contact Ms. Kyra Bobak, Director of Human Resources and Pupil Services bobakka@svsd.net or call 724-452-6040, ext. 1760. New members are always welcome!

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CranFest & Cranberry at Your Service -
Saturday, April 8 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The event will feature a series of 20-minute dance and musical performances by more than a dozen separate nationality groups on two different stages in the building.  The entertainment is part of the Cranberry Area Folk & Food Festival, presented by the Cranberry Area Diversity Network under the umbrella of CranFest.  A concluding set will feature former Haine School principal and songwriter Dr. Melvin "Lyric"  Steals performing several of his original songs including the 1972 gold record composition “Could it be I’m Falling in Love,” popularized by The Spinners.

Cranberry area groups representing cultures as diverse as Japan, China, Peru and Venezuela, as well as several local advocacy organizations, will man information booths throughout the Center.  Kiosks representing the cuisine of various South American, East Asian, Eastern European and South Asian nations will also be operating on site.  Entrée-size portions will be available for prices set individually by each vendor.


Cranberry at Your Service 
A showcase for the services performed by different Township departments, will also be featured as part of CranFest.  Public Works, Public Safety, Parks & Recreation, Cranberry Highlands, Communications, Finance, Engineering, Codes, and Customer Service will each have representatives on hand to answer visitors’ questions, along with displays, tools and work demonstrations. 

Behind the Municipal Center, an assortment of Township vehicles will assemble for Touch-a-Truck – a hands-on experience with Cranberry’s fleet of specialized mobile equipment.  Among the work vehicles expected to be on hand: an aerial fire truck, a 20-ton dump truck, squad cars, an ambulance, a front loader, a golf cart and more.

2017 will be the third year that Cranberry has held its CranFest celebration.  Last year’s event attracted more than 2,000 visitors