North Hills Community Outreach lost two great friends in 2017. Former board members Sam Bennardo and Clemmy Brodsky passed away, leaving legacies of kindness, generosity and service.
Last year, 23 NHCO volunteers prepared nearly 360 tax returns for low-income families and seniors… $538,530 in federal monies were refunded and $22,482 in state monies! NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP! Funding for VITA (free tax prep) is on the chopping block… in June 2017, the House Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee released a preliminary bill that would slash the funding for VITA by half. Please contact your representative to ask them to keep all funding for this valuable program that helps people in need get what is owed to them.
Here is a sample script, which you should feel free to modify as necessary:
Hello, my name is [your name] in [Representative’s district, name, city and ZIP code], and I’m calling to request that Representative [Representative’s last name] protect the Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) matching grants program. This program was cut in the FY18 House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill from its FY17 funding level of $15 million to $7.5 million. The VITA program leverages volunteer support to provide free tax preparation services to millions of low- and moderate-income working individuals and families in some of the most underserved and hardest-to-reach communities across the country. I am deeply concerned about how this will affect our community. I’m requesting that Representative [Representative’s last name] take every action to ensure that the VITA program receives $15 million in funding in the FY18 final House Appropriations bill.
Congratulations to NHCO’s twenty-six runners who braved the cold weather conditions and Ran for the Hills in the 2017 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. One full marathon runner, eight half marathon runners, two 5K runners and three relay teams represented NHCO and grossed more than $7,500 for low-income families in need. #TeamNHCO consisted of:
Nick McClure and 4 friends
Jenny Leann Novak
Erin Gibbs Relac
Sixteen volunteers several layers of clothing to stay warm and work at the fluid station along mile 6.2 of the course. These volunteers set up the tables and cups, mixed Gatorade, poured water, handed the drinks to the runners, and cheered as they ran passed. Arriving at 5:30 am and working until 10:30 am were Girl Scout Troop 50371 (Christine, Jeff and Laura Krill, Sarah Horan, Michelle and Maggie English and Teagan Rowland), Cheryl Aloise and her grandson Colin Wilker, North Allegheny students Sanae Heist and Jetta Kroll, and Valerie Jacko, Jennifer Morrow, and Lori Bottles . Youth volunteer, Evan Relac was able to hand water to his mother, Erin, and Cindy Wilson was able to support to her daughter, April Brouwer and her relay team.
Thanks to sponsorship by Heritage Seubert Financial we were able to cover promotional expenses and all our runners and volunteers received NHCO 2017 Marathon t-shirts. For the first time, we were able provide incentive awards to the runners that raised the most funds within their categories. Thanks to the businesses and individual’s that donated;
Michael Howland was awarded a signed color print of a painting of Pittsburgh by artist Johno Prascak, and framed by Panza Gallery.
Jackie Boggs was awarded a personalized tour of WDVE studios and treated to lunch with DJ Sean McDowell.
Vicki Burstynowicz received a gift certificate to Brothers Keeper Tattoos and Piercing.
Chester’s Fabulous Five Relay Team received a gift certificate to Thirsty’s Sports Bar & Grill.
Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, said, “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” NHCO’s charity runners, volunteers and donors have proven once again that ours is a sharing community where no one should be cold, hungry or alone. We are people helping people!
Join NHCO for the Bubble Run at Hartwood
North Hills Community Outreach is again a charity partner of Bubble Run at Hartwood Acres Park, August 19. Bubble Run is a bubble-filled, family-friendly 5k walk / run (not a race!) Run, skip or stroll through mounds of colored foam, enjoy music and giant bubble-shooting machines, and take home a bubble-tinted T-shirt.
How do bubbles benefit NHCO?
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.
Volunteers are needed to shovel snow for seniors in northern Allegheny County (outside the city) as needed this winter. Seniors need help clearing their sidewalks, driveways, etc so they can safely go out to the mailbox or their car, OR so that Meals on Wheels volunteers or others caregivers can access their home safely.
You do not have to show up immediately after a snow (although as soon as possible is preferred!).
This is a great volunteer opportunity for teens, families, etc.!
For more information, please contact Cathy at email@example.com or 412-307-0069 x 3313.
Volunteers should complete a volunteer criminal clearance report at https://epatch.state.pa.us/
and this volunteer form and return to Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to
NHCO North Boroughs
100 S. Jackson Ave., 2 South
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Here are some real needs of seniors (names are changed) who can use your help RIGHT NOW in various neighborhoods. For more information, contact Cathy at 412-307-0069 x 3313 or email@example.com . Click here for more information on Open Your Heart to a Senior.
– Sandy of McCandless of will need weekly transportation Tuesdays or Thursdays around 12:30pm.
– Susan of Glenshaw needs someone to sit with her so her husband is able to get out.
– Audrey of Ross Township will need a volunteer for a weekly shopping trip to the Giant Eagle in McIntyre in the morning.
– A volunteer is needed once a month to deliver food from the Loaves and Fishes pantry in Allison Park to a care-receiver in Hampton on Tuesdays only.
– Frank of Ross is requesting a volunteer to visit with him. He is a avid sportsman, likes to play Gin Rummy and other card/board games and is a Vet. Frank has a heart condition, is on oxygen and has COPD, so he is mostly homebound.
The Free Rides for Seniors Shuttle provides free rides for seniors along the Freeport Road area from Sharpsburg to Blawnox, Monday through Friday. Friendly volunteer drivers and ride-along dispatchers are needed, often on a subsitute basis, to get seniors to appointments, shopping, the post office and more. You do not need a special license and training is provided! Contact Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-449-0151 or click here for more information.
Do you know a senior who lives at home? Safety for Seniors conducts home safety checks for seniors to help them stay safe and independent in their homes.
Volunteers inspect the senior’s home for safety hazards using a written checklist, suggest ways to make the home safer, and install a smoke alarm if needed. If appropriate, the program will have a certified contractor install either a grab bar or indoor hand rail at no charge. For more infomation or to register for Safety for Seniors to visit your home, contact Cathy at 412-307-0069 or email@example.com.
Seniors in every neighborhood of the North Hills — Ross, Etna, Hampton, Pine, Reserve — and every neighborhod in Allegheny County are waiting for a friendly person who can give just one hour a month or week.
Help a senior stay safe in his or her home by driving them to a doctor appointment or the grocery store, providing light yard work, stopping by for a friendly visit, or just making a reassuring phone call. Volunteers are needed in every area! Please visit www.openyourhearttoasenior.org or contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-307-0071 for more information.
North Hills Community Outreach
Summer is always a low-donation time in our pantries. Our shelves become nearly or totally empty, but the number of struggling families who visit us for help stays the same or increases.
Please consider doing a food drive or collection in your church, civic group, sports league, club or neighborhood. Thank you — every can or box helps. For more information, please click here. THANK YOU!
Please note that items should be NONexpired and UNopened. Some items that are always needed include:
Soup (chunky style)
Pasta and Sauce
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Macaroni & Cheese, Ready-to-Make box meals
Diapers and unopened formula
People helping people.
That’s what North Hills Community Outreach is about.
Since 1987, with the help of people just like you, we’ve helped struggling families in communities in northern Allegheny County get through difficult times and work toward self-sufficiency. Our services include three food pantries and an organic garden, utility assistance, emergency financial help, education assistance for nontraditional adults, WorkAble employment mentoring, budget coaching and Smart Investments for Women, In Service of Seniors volunteer care giving for seniors, two Free Rides for Seniors shuttles, a Community Auto low-income car ownership program, and so much more.
There are no fees for NHCO’s services, with the exception of Community Auto. We rely on the generosity and support of individuals, businesses, schools, foundations, government and religious organizations and our many volunteers to carry out our mission to help people in crisis, hardship and poverty.
Your financial donation supports NHCO's many free programs for local families in need. Thank you! Donate
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North Hills Community Outreach is an interfaith organization addressing the needs of people in crisis, hardship and poverty.
North Hills Community Outreach
1975 Ferguson Rd.
Allison Park, PA 15101