A great company is once again hosting a Shred It and Forget It event to benefit NHCO! 9 am-1 pm, Saturday, May 20 at the address below.
1606 Carmody Court
Sewickley, PA 15143
Refreshments provided! Bring up to 50 pounds of papers to be shredded in exchange for a financial donation or nonperishable, unexpired food item or cleaning supply. Please see the flier below for details.
WesBanco is helping our neighbors in need…and you can help too!
For a limited time, when you open a new checking account with WesBanco and let them know you are doing it “for North Hills Community Outreach,” NHCO will receive a $50 donation. Plus, earn a bonus of up to $150 for yourself!* ($25 each for e-statement, direct deposit, bill pay and debit card use, and $50 for referring a friend)
Please contact WesBanco at 412-366-3841 for more information or stop by a Wesbanco branch.
Walk with NHCO in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community May 13 at Stage AE, North Shore! This is a super easy to raise funds to help neighbors in need.
- NHCO has the honor leading the Highmark Walk this year! We would be honored if you would walk with us!
- There is no minimum registration fee, and you can set your own fund raising goals!
- EVERY dollar you raise goes to NHCO — Highmark underwrites the walk so charities get full benefit!
- This fun 1-mile or 3-mile walk is great for families and pets. AND you get to meet great people who enjoy supporting charities, hear live music, and feel great about yourself afterward!
NHCO volunteers conduct free “Safety for Seniors” home safety checks. As part of the home visit, the volunteer gives the senior a bag of simple items that can be used to keep the home safe. Please see below for a list of items we collect for seniors.
Your donations are very much appreciated, and can be dropped of at any NHCO location, including NHCO’s Allison Park and/or North Boroughs offices 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, or call 412-487-6316 opt 1 to make alternate arrangements.
If you are interested in volunteering to do safety checks, or receiving a free safety check, please contact Cathy at 412-307-0069 x 3313.
North Hills Community Outreach is holding a new collection for our families in need: Spring Cleaning Products! You can help by donating the following items April 18-June 2. We’d like to give each family a bag during early June. Financial donations are also appreciated. Thank you!
Eight North Hills Community Outreach volunteers from Duquesne Light recently conducted FREE safety checks in the homes of seniors living in northern Allegheny County.
“Safety for Seniors” volunteers ensure that there are working smoke alarms in the homes; if not they install smoke alarms. They also check: is there a clear walking path to the fuse box or circuit breakers? Are switches and outlets in good working condition? Is the oven free of flammable objects? Are the edges of steps clearly visible? Does the senior have a fire escape plan? If grab bars and railings are needed by the senior, those will be installed at NO CHARGE at a later date by a professional PA certified contractor.
NHCO uses company groups of volunteers periodically to conduct safety checks for seniors living in northern Allegheny County. If you know of a senior that could benefit from a safety check, please contact Cathy at 412-307-0069 x 3313.
Would you like to donate items that will help keep your elderly neighbors safe? NHCO is accepting donations of: smoke alarms, unopened packages of 9 volt batteries, rubber bath mats, night lights and night light bulbs, baking soda (used to put out grease fires), and bright rolls of duct tape. These items will be distributed to seniors during safety checks. You may take your donations to NHCO’s Allison Park and/or North Boroughs offices 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, or call 412-487-6316 opt 1 to make alternate arrangements.
|Reaching Self-Sufficency Through Education|
|The North Hills Community Outreach Education Assistance Committee of four women helped nine non-traditional college and vocational school students move closer to reaching their educational goals. The committee awarded a total of $8,600 to these students for their spring semester, bringing the total awarded this fiscal year to $15,000. The students applied the funds toward educational expenses that include tuition, textbooks, a laptop computer, transportation needs (car repair, fuel, bus passes), and program-required supplies.
To be eligible for NHCO’s Education Assistance, applicants must be at 200% or less of the Federal Poverty Level, and submit an application and essay that demonstrates their hardship, educational goals and how the grant will make a difference in their lives. The committee reviews each essay and then conducts interviews with the applicants. Together, they discuss each applicant and compassionately determine how the funds should best be allocated.
Funding for Education Assistance come from donations from individuals, civic organizations, businesses and congregations. The committee recognizes the importance of investing this money into the education of qualified and responsible recipients. Through this commitment, these women have assisted individuals reach career goals to work in education, health care, mental health care, business, IT and the labor industry. Kudos to these women for their service.
NHCO offers FREE TAX PREPARATION
Do you need a little help preparing your taxes, but can’t afford to go to a commercial tax preparation business? Are you aware of aware of state and federal tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that can put money into your pocket for food, utility bills, gasoline or bus passes, rent payments or to eliminate personal debt?
NHCO is again offering Free Tax Preparation to qualifying individuals through the United Way’s Money in Your Pocket Coalition.
Starting January 11, individuals can call 2-1-1 to make an appointment at NHCO Bellevue or NHCO Millvale or another convenient location.
Appointments are required!
All appointments must be made through United Way’s helpline: 2-1-1!
Household of One: $25,000 or less
Household of More than One: $45,000 or less
Household Income of $62,000 or less can self-file for FREE through MyFreeTaxes.com
NHCO Bellevue/North Boroughs Site
Every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-7:30pm, Start Date: January 18 – End Date: April 12
NHCO Millvale Site
Every Saturday from 9:00am – Noon, Start Date: January 21 – End Date: April 8
CALL United Way’s helpline at 2-1-1 to make an appointment!
The Manuels had no idea that their lives would change in the blink of an eye. After a devastating fire, they were glad NHCO was there to help.
Your donation today can help a family in crisis or hardship get back on their feet.
Aaron Manuel stood barefoot on the street Mother’s Day morning. He had run out of his smoke-filled house holding the dog under one arm and his little girl under the other. He texted his wife, Amber, who was away for the weekend. Thankful that their son was at Grandma’s, he sent Amber pictures of their home going up in flames.
The Manuels and seven other families lost their homes in the fire. Mercifully, everyone escaped unharmed. But picking up the pieces has been exhausting, frustrating and financially devastating.
The week after the fire, Amber remembers, “My husband had no shoes.”
The hard work began: the Manuels had to find a home, keep Aaron, Jr. and Athena in their schools and replace everything from birth certificates to bedroom furniture. They learned to navigate a system they never before needed to navigate.
All of the fire survivors were invited to a gathering of social service agencies that would guide them through the transition. Amber and Aaron had never needed help before. They were surprised to learn that because of the generosity of neighbors in local communities, North Hills Community Outreach could provide financial and emotional support and many more resources.
“There are people who really want to help people in need and genuinely care about other people’s well-being,” Aaron says. When the Manuels received help beyond what they needed, they “paid it forward” to help other survivors.
“North Hills Community Outreach provided us with grocery gift cards and store vouchers, and Famous Footwear cards so Aaron could get shoes,” Amber says. When the family found a new house, they were able to start replacing things they’d lost.
Other families received even more extensive help from NHCO. They received assistance for security deposit and first month’s rent, as well as housing lists. They discussed support offered through NHCO’s Family Development Program.
The Manuels and the other Sample Street families could pick up the pieces and start over. They have a new home nearby, and their children are sleeping restfully again.
“We still get phone calls from NHCO, asking if we are okay and do we need anything,” Amber says. “I’ve cried so many times thanking them. We wouldn’t have what we have without the help.”
DONATE NOW to help other families like the Manuels, families who are struggling with crisis, hardship and poverty. Thank you!