Please click above for information from the Allegheny County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control regarding tetanus and floodwaters.
NHCO will need donations to help the many families affected by flooding during the week of Independence Day 2018.
Financial donations and gift cards are especially needed. Other needs include nonperishable, unexpired food, cleaning supplies and personal care items. Feel free to download a PDF of our flier: flood donation needs 2018 7 5
Financial donations can be made at nhco.org or mailed to NHCO, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101.
Food, cleaning supplies and personal care items can be donated at any NHCO office Monday-Friday 9am- 4pm OR at NHCO Allison Park PANTRY on Saturday, July 7 from 9am to noon. Please drive around back to the pantry.
For more information, call 412-487-6316 option 1.
If your home or business was flooded and you need assistance, please call United Way at 2-1-1 and ask to be connected to the American Red Cross. NHCO is working with first responders and the Red Cross to assess needs and distribute assistance.
NHCO assisting families affected by flooding, seeks financial donations, cleaning supplies and nonperishable food
Hampton, PA: North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) is partnering with first responders, the American Red Cross and the local municipalities in northern Allegheny County north of the City of Pittsburgh to ensure that families affected by recent flooding receive compassionate, effective assistance. Donations are being accepted.
Financial donations are urgently needed. Please donate at nhco.org or mail a check to NHCO, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Other needed items include gift cards to home improvement stores, grocery stores and Target, Walmart or Kmart, as well as cleaning supplies, nonperishable food and personal care items.
“People will need help replacing items commonly found in basements, such as furnaces, hot water heaters, washers, dryers, refrigerators and carpeting,” said Carolyn Pschirer, NHCO Director of Services. “Some families will need to relocate, and others will lose cars and will need assistance from our Transportation Assistance program.” Please note that NHCO CANNOT accept furniture, clothing, toys or household items.
North Hills Community Outreach, in cooperation with first responders, will assess community needs and will refer donors and people in need to appropriate resources.
“Flood victims should call the United Way at 2-1-1 to be connected with the Red Cross for assessment,” Mrs. Pschirer said. “We will work directly with the Red Cross to assist people with financial needs as well as food and other resources.” The nonprofit will assist families affected by flooding areas in its service area of northern Allegheny County, north of the City of Pittsburgh.
NHCO has a long history of assisting flood victims. The 30-year-old nonprofit, which assists local families in crisis, hardship and poverty, was established as a direct result of devastating local flooding in 1986. The nonprofit was a leader in local flood relief efforts in 2004 and 2007. In the months after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, NHCO received approximately 1,000 requests for help from households and 40 requests from businesses.
Those interested in helping with cleanup efforts may call the NHCO Millvale office at 412-408-3830 x 3218 and leave a name and number. Calls will be returned as soon as possible. Interested volunteers should wait to be contacted.
Nonperishable food donations, gift cards , cleaning supplies and personal care items can be delivered 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday, to any NHCO office including the Ferguson Road office, the Millvale office at 416 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale, or the North Boroughs office in Bellevue at AGH-Suburban Campus, 100 S. Jackson Ave, Suite 2. Alternate donation arrangements can also be made by calling 412-487-6316 opt 1. Please note that NHCO cannot accept furniture, clothing, toys or household items.
Low-income residents in NHCO’s service area who need non-flood related services should call NHCO’s main office at 412-487-6316 option 1, the Millvale office at 412-408-3830, or the North Boroughs office in Bellevue at 412-307-0069.
NHCO’s Free Rides for Seniors shuttles are not running until roads are safe and passable in the communities in the Route 28 corridor served by the shuttles. Please watch social media and nhco.org for updates, or call the Free Rides office at 412-449-0151.
In fiscal year 2016-17, In 2016-17, NHCO assisted 3,692 families in need toward stability and self-sufficiency by providing $1,102,235 in funds, goods and services as well as information, support and advocacy. NHCO offers more than 20 programs ranging from emergency services to long-term solutions that help families regain self-sufficiency. For more information, please visit www.nhco.org or call 412-487-6316 option 1.
Please note that beginning July 1, 2018, the hours at NHCO’s Allison Park Pantry (Loaves & Fishes) will change slightly.
The new hours will be:
1st Tuesday 5-7 p.m.
2nd Tuesday 1-3 p.m.
3rd Tuesday 9-11 a.m.
4th Tuesday 11-1 p.m.
5th Tuesday – CLOSED
Seniors Stay Social through Virtual Senior Academy
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation has developed a program called Virtual Senior Academy. NHCO’s In Service of Seniors program is partnering to help seniors get online, enrolled and engaged with the program.
This is an interactive program providing informative classes and activities using an online platform. The program offers classes on a variety of topics, from Managing Your Blood Pressure to Creating a Glass Blown Vase; from Chair Yoga to a Virtual Tour of the Warhol Museum.
There is no cost for the program or the classes. The volunteers help get the seniors acquainted with logging onto the classes, and follow up with the seniors to ensure they are able to access the system on their own. The volunteers can even take the classes along with the senior!
Virtual Senior Academy is designed to connect seniors with their peers through video conferencing technology from the comfort of their own residence or community setting.
The program allows seniors to stay socially and intellectually engaged, expand their social networks, and foster creativity and life-long learning. For more information, please contact Nancy Jones
You want to help families who are struggling, but you’re not sure what to do. There are a lot of ways you can help!
- You can donate much-needed in-kind items such as new cleaning products, school supplies, nonperishable food and more. You can hold a collection at your business, congregation, school, civic group or business.
- Display our brochures, newsletters or fliers at your workplace. Contact Jen for materials.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…share and comment on our posts!
- Suburban poverty is growing at a faster rate than ever before. NHCO provides 20 free programs (and 33,000 services annually!) for people in need. Visit our donation page to donate financially to support our 20 programs!
- You can donate an unwanted vehicle and help many people overcome transportation struggles. Funds from the sale of your vehicle help people get to work, a job interview, child care and medical appointments!
- Choose NHCO as your designated charity on Amazon Smile.
- Designate NHCO for your birthday fundraiser on Facebook.
- You can hold a fundraiser, friend raiser, or event, and donate the proceeds to NHCO. One of the most important parts of a fundraiser is awareness building…everyone you reach by having an event learns about NHCO’s services and how we all work together as a community to help those who are struggling.
- Review NHCO on reputable nonprofit 501-c-review platforms like GuideStar. NHCO is proud to be a Gold-Level Guidestar Nonprofit!
- Ask your workplace giving program to add NHCO (EIN: 25-1553057). Check to see if your workplace already participates…your donation or volunteer time to NHCO could be doubled or more!
- You can volunteer!
All of the seniors below need transportation to medical appointments. Sometimes, seniors need a ride to the grocery store, need help with yard work, or just want a friendly visitor or someone to check in on the phone. If you are interested in helping a senior, please contact Cathy above.
|WEXFORD: Maggie, 85, has been with our program since 2011, but has only used it a few times. Now really needs our services and we want to be there to help her.|
|ROSS: Ron and his wife Paula are going to this appointment together. Ron has dementia and Paula would like the volunteer to sit in the waiting room with him while she is in her appointment.|
|WEST VIEW: Gayle has been utilizing this program for quite a few years. She has no family and she does not drive.|
|ROSS: Sarah is a sweet woman with a quiet demeanor. She is legally blind and has macular degeneration.|
Let’s Cook was a series of free food preparation workshops designed to help people learn how to cook healthy food on a budget and overcome food desert barriers. The workshops were led by a University of Pittsburgh professor, grad students, guest chefs and food specialists.
The class met monthly in the Christ Lutheran Church, Millvale, and students learned everything from fermenting food to steaming, sauteing and spiralizing vegetables and much more.
Recipes and Wisdom from Let’s Cook is just that…a collection of recipes prepared, tips given and wisdom discovered during the sessions. Please peruse, download and try them on your own. Perhaps you’ll learn some new healthy cooking tips and find some new favorite recipes!
NHCO’s Transportation Assistance program* has expanded to help even more people in need overcome transportation challenges!
The program continues to accept vehicle donations. For more information or to donate, visit our Transportation Assistance page and click Donate or Get Help.
Please note that Community Auto is no longer a program of North Hills Community Outreach.
CFC Donation Options
Due to a technical error, North Hills Community Outreach was omitted from the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) this year.
We appreciate your commitment to helping neighbors in who are struggling with crisis, hardship or poverty.
If you’d like to make a direct donation to NHCO this year, you may do so at nhco.org/donate, by mailing a check to 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101, or by becoming a sustaining donor monthly on your credit card (call Matt at 412-487-6316 opt 1 x 3134).
Thank you – NHCO will return to the CFC campaign next year!