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DHS hosts various annual events to celebrate achievements, provide support to those who receive services through DHS and increase awareness about the needs of persons served by the department. Many of the events are open to the public. Others require pre-registration. Some are by invitation only.Education

Educational/Awareness  Efforts and Campaigns 

Public Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of ServiceDate: January 19, 2015 

DHS KEYS AmeriCorps members will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015 by participating in service projects in Allegheny County.



Project Prom / Project Prom for Gentlemen
Project Prom Dates: Donations: Accepted year round;
Project Prom Gown Giveaway:  March 14, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. &  March 16-19, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Project Prom Public Sale: April 11, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
Project Prom 5K: June 6; check in - 7:30 a.m., race - 9:30 a.m.
Project Prom for Gentlemen, April 23, 5:00 p.m.

Donations: Human Services Building;
Project Prom Shop: Century III Mall, upper level above food court;
Project Prom for Gentlemen: UPMC Shadyside (registration required)
Project Prom 5K Run & Walk: Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater (registration required)  

Project Prom provides formal attire to high schools students
receiving services or eligible to receive services from the DHS
through donations from retail establishments and the general public.


Older Americans Month Older Americans Month
Dates: Various in May
Locations: Various in Allegheny County

Older Americans Month celebrates and commemorates the lasting contributions made by residents over the age of 60. Many of the events are hosted by Senior Community Centers supported by the Allegheny County DHS Area Agency on Aging.


Allegheny County Music Festival
Allegheny County Music Festival Date: September 6, 2015
Location: Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater (Get Directions)

The Allegheny County Music Festival is an annual benefit concert for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund, which provides life-enriching items and opportunities for children served through DHS and Juvenile Probation.


Holiday Project
Holiday Project GiftsDate: November/December
Location: Allegheny County

The Holiday Project provides gifts during the holiday season to children receiving services through the Office of Children, Youth and Families. These gifts are donated by companies, groups and individuals living in Allegheny County.


Pre-Registration Required

Candidates' Comedy Night
Candidates Comedy NightDate: August 19, 2015

Candidates Comedy Night is a fundraiser for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund. Established in 2008, the festivities feature candidates for state and local political offices and other local political leaders taking the stage at a local comedy club.

Day of Self-Discovery
Date: TBA

Begun in 2000, the Day of Self-Discovery Conference is an annual event that brings together individuals in Allegheny County who are personally involved in the process of recovery. Persons who live with mental health concerns or substance use disorders, along with their family members and other supportive stakeholders gather to share about their recovery experiences in varied and creative ways. Pre-registration is requested but not required.

Invitation Only

Local Government Case Competition
Graduate students from local universities compete in interscholastic/interdisciplinary teams to solve challenging public sector problems and increase their knowledge of local government employment opportunities.

Archive of past DHS/OCR events and programs