We’re Growing So We Can Better Serve Our Community
On May 31, 2019 we officially moved into our new North Boroughs Office in Avalon.
NHCO opened its first Bellevue satellite office at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in 1997, and then moved to AGH Suburban General in 2001.
“The advantages of moving our NB office and food pantry to Greenstone UMC have far exceeded our expectations! We are more visible, more accessible and more integrated in the community – and staff, clients and volunteers all are thriving in our new warm and welcoming site, ” said North Boroughs Outreach Manager Nancy Jones.
This October we invited the community for an open house and tour of the new location.
“It was wonderful to share our mission and vision with everyone who attended our North Boroughs Open House – and to show off our new space which enables us to serve more families with compassion and respect,” Nancy added.
In Memory of Ruth Graham
Our beloved volunteer, board member and cherished friend passed away on October 27, 2019.
“Ruth was truly a blessing to NHCO and to all of us who had the privilege and honor of working with and knowing her. She embodied the spirit of NHCO and our mission in our communities,” – Sharon Wolf, Executive Director
Ruth joined our board of directors in January of 1994, and served as Vice President from 2000 – 2002 and President from 2002 – 2004. She became Board Emeritus in 2008.
She also served on several board committees, including Food & Emergency Services, Special Events & Fundraising, Strategic Planning, Community Relations, Fund Development and Development & Communication.
At our Allison Park Office she donated her time at the food pantry, and assisted with office duties.
Among her many accomplishments as a volunteer, she coordinated gift wrapping for customers at Northway Mall in exchange for donations to NHCO. And she helped supervise 200+ NHCO volunteers at the 2007 US Open at The Oakmont Country Club.
“She was interested in all aspects of NHCO and one of our biggest cheerleaders, always promoting NHCO wherever she went. We are going to miss her!”
– Cheryl English, Executive Assistant
District 1 Difference Maker Award Winner
Congratulations to Volunteer Maresa Saunders
Her warm, bright smile greets visitors when she volunteers at the front desk in our Millvale Satellite Office. Her quirky sense of humor puts the “fun” in fundraiser.
During the summer of 2018 when a destructive flood washed through Millvale, her get-it-done attitude helped bring relief to many of the victims. For her volunteerism during that difficult time, Maresa was given the District 1 Difference Maker Award by Allegheny County Councilman Tom Baker.
Working under intense conditions, Maresa helped distribute cleaning supplies and donations while comforting the flood victims with compassion.
“I just wanted to help those that came in. So many had lost everything,” Maresa said.
Food and Emergency Service
Food insecurity and general financial hardship are the top two reasons people sought help at NHCO.
2,280 families received food and emergency help
1,001 families used one of NHCO’s three food pantries or received emergency food
NHCO responded to two disasters
We assisted 329 families affected by flooding in the following ways:
- Cleaned out and sanitized basements
- Placed fans and dehumidifiers to dry out basements
- Replaced furnaces and other appliances
- Repaired a sewer line
- Provided utility assistance
- Provided gift cards for household items
We assisted 30 families affected by a fire by:
- Providing gift cards for household items and clothes
- Opening our food pantries to the victims.
North Hills Community Outreach helped qualifying families with utilities through various programs. We assisted clients with rent or a security deposit to prevent homelessness.
49 Individuals participated in our Pathways Program
159 clients received help with LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and Crisis Assistance applications
175 clients received Dollar Energy Grants
86 families were provided with Housing Financial Assistance including rent and security deposits
44 uninsured and underinsured individuals received Financial Assistance for prescriptions and other medical needs
514 families received Utility Assistance to prevent shut-offs, restore service or arrange affordable payments
Through a variety of services, NHCO helped 598 seniors in our community to live healthy and safely in their homes.
We provided 12,140 services for our seniors, including:
- Home safety checks
- Yard work
- Snow shoveling
258 seniors took 7,879 rides on NHCO’s Free Rides For Seniors Shuttles
Support and Resources
After an individual’s emergency needs are met, our resource programs help with job searches, education assistance and legal help. We also refer clients to other agencies and programs for additional support if needed.
452 housed received Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
84 unemployed or underemployed individuals received Employment Assistance through WorkAble, a United Way Program, including help with their resumes and skills for interviewing
197 individuals received legal resources, including 94 through our Ask The Attorney Program
12 non-traditional students were awarded Education Assistance grants to help them become economically self-sufficient
Throughout the year, generous members of our community donate items that we distribute to those less fortunate.
930 children received new backpacks and school supplies
1,100 families received items and assistance through our eight seasonal Sharing Projects
459 families received a complete Thanksgiving dinner
940 children received new toys, games and other gifts for the holidays
172 families received utility credits through Sharing Holiday Warmth
311 families received a complete spring dinner 303 families received personal care products
336 families received cleaning products
Transportation Assistance Program
NHCO sells donated vehicles through auction and uses the funds
to help low-income families and individuals with transportation needs.
323 people received transportation assistance in one of the following ways:
- Financial assistance for car repairs
- Insurance payments
- Car payments or down payments
- Bus passes
- Gas cards and fees for ride sharing services
- AAA membership
- Car seats
- Individual consultations and referrals.
David could not bring his newborn baby home from the hospital until he had a safety seat for his car. Through our Transportation Assistance Program, we were able to buy David a seat so little Jackson could come home.
Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden
5,222 pounds of organic produce was harvested from NHCO’s garden and distributed to our three food pantries
1,764 Volunteers gave 29,269.5 hours
That’s the equivalent of more than 14 full-time staff members – THANK YOU!
- 529 Youth Volunteers gave 2,639 hours
- Data Entry – 26 volunteers gave 1,980 hours
- Bulk Mailing – 2 volunteers gave 6.25 hours
- Ask The Attorney – 16 volunteers gave 53.75 hours
- Education Assistance – 4 volunteers gave 29 hours
- Receptionists – 41 volunteers gave 4,116.75 hours
- Flood Relief – 105 volunteers gave 1,133 hours
- Board of Directors – 29 volunteers gave 674.25 hours
- Garden – 279 volunteers gave 1,468.5 hours
- Sharing Projects – 175 Volunteers gave 951.25 hours
- Free Rides For Seniors – 53 volunteers gave 3,629.25 hours
- In Service of Seniors – 204 volunteers gave 2,647 hours
- Maintenance / Building – 36 volunteers gave 281.25 hours
- Services for Clients – 34 volunteers gave 3,555.5 hours
- Information Technology – 1 volunteer gave 38 hours
- Employment Mentors – 2 volunteers gave 7 hours
- Financial Coaching – 1 volunteers gave 1 hour
- The Pittsburgh Marathon – 20 charity runners fundraised for NHCO, 17 volunteers worked fluid station
- Clerical – 15 volunteers gave 517.5 hours
- Food Pantry – 300 volunteers gave 5,410 hours
- Special Events/Fundraisers – 97 volunteers gave 1,360.25 hours
Our Commitment To Services
Direct Services To Those in Need – 81%
Fundraising – 10%
Administration – 9%
2019 Board of Directors
BRIANA MIHOK, Hampton
University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics, Policy Stratgist
Northmont UP Church
NATE LOCKLIN, Ross
PPG Industries/IT Infrastructure Manager
St. John’s Lutheran of Highland
J. SEAN FRANK, Shaler
Shaler Township, Police Lieutenant
St. Mary of the Assumption – Middle Road
TIMOTHY C. HUFFMYER, CPA, McCandless
CFO, Smith Micro Software, Inc.
St. John’s Lutheran of Highland
WENDELYNNE J. NEWTON, JD, Franklin Park
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Attorney, Exec. Shareholder
RAY AMELIO, Franklin Park
ROBIN CLAY, MEd, Marshall
Seneca Valley School District
KATHY DOUGHERTY, DVM, Shaler
VCA Duncan Manor Animal Hospital, Veterinarian
Temple Ohav Shalom
JAMES GIEL JR., Shaler
Dollar Bank/Asst. VP of Human Resources/Benefits
DANIEL L. HALLE, McCandless
P & A Group, Director of Retirement Plan Consulting
NICHOLAS HANNAN, City of Pittsburgh
North Allegheny School District, Secondary Mathematics Teacher
St. Paul’s Methodist Church
JEREMY G. HARTZELL, JD, MBA, Pine
Hill Barth & King LLC, Principal in Charge
Dutilh Methodist Church
ERIC KOFMEHL, PHD, McCandless
Health Care Executive, Retired
ASIM KOKAN, JD, Franklin Park
LORI KRALL, MSN, Richland
UPMC Outpatient Clinic, Certified Nurse Practitioner
St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church
LISA KRIEG, MA, Shaler
Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Vice President,
Director of Enrollment Services and International
CAROL MACPHAIL, Franklin Park
Robert Morris University, Asst. Professor of Accounting
St. Mary’s Parish of Glenfield
RUTH ANN PRITCHARD, Franklin Park
St. Stanislaus Catholic Church
SHARON STOLICK, Evans City
Highmark, Inc., VP Market Performance &
DAVID BURSIC, President, West View Savings
ALAN SHUCKROW, JD, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick
Sharon Wolf, MA
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