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.
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.
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!
YOU put a huge smile on a senior’s face when a volunteer drives her to the doctor. YOU help an unemployed father achieve self-confidence as he gains skills to find a job. YOU put tears of joy in a single mother’s eyes when she buys a vehicle that will take her to a job so she can support her family.
You are able to do this because you support NHCO by donating to United Way of Allegheny County. North Hills Community Outreach helps families in crisis, hardship and poverty move toward self-sufficiency. Thanks to your financial support to the United Way, we have the resources to help those families. When you choose Contributor Choice #2357, you’re helping those families.
Our United Way-funded programs include WorkAble, Money in Your Pocket Tax Preparation, Community Auto in partnership with Ways to Work, Smart Investments, the Siemer Institute for Family Stability, Open Your Heart to a Senior, and Home Matters.
NHCO also participates in United Way Days of Caring! Contact Jennifer Drayton at email@example.com to find out more about your group volunteering with an organization that helps more than 4,000 local families each year!
Thank you for choosing NHCO’s United Way Contributor Choice # 2357.
Are you a nontraditional adult student who could use some help paying for education expenses? July 15 is the deadline for applications for NHCO’s Education Assistance for fall semester 2015.For an application, visit our Education Assistance webpage https://nhco.org/get-help/college-scholarships/
All year long, NHCO relies on the support of individual donors, as well as congregations, schools, businesses, civic organizations, corporations and funders). Nearly 40% of our funding comes from people just like you!
When you commit to making a monthly donation to NHCO, you are helping families in your neighborhood who are in hardship work toward self-sufficiency. Monthly donations save time, money and paper.
For more information or to arrange a secure, monthly donation to NHCO from your credit card or checking account, please contact Gloria at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-487-6316 opt 1 ext 3132. Thank you!
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.
We witness a senior’s huge smile when a volunteer arrives to drive her to the doctor. We watch an unemployed father achieve self-confidence as we help him gain skills to find a job. We see the tears in a single mother’s eyes when she buys a vehicle that will take her to a job that will allow her to support her family.
We see all of this and more because we are a proud partner of United Way of Allegheny County. North Hills Community Outreach helps families in crisis, hardship and poverty move toward self-sufficiency. Thanks to financial support from United Way, we have the resources we need to help those families.
NHCO also participates in United Way Days of Caring! Contact Jen Drayton at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about your group volunteering with an organization that helps almost 6,100 local families each year!