North Hills Community Outreach is a community- and interfaith-based organization addressing the needs of people in crisis, hardship and poverty.
Northern Allegheny County is a sharing community where no one needs to be cold, hungry or alone.
- Faith: Recognizing the love of God for everyone
- Compassion: Treating all individuals with dignity, understanding and caring
- Empowerment: Fostering self-sufficiency and improved quality of life
- Stewardship: Managing our resources in a trustworthy and responsible manner for the good of the community
In 1986, when flooding ravaged portions of the North Hills, local religious and community leaders began working together to assist flood victims, directing the resources offered by congregations, businesses, civic organizations and individuals to best meet the needs of affected families. When the flood work was over, it was clear that there was a real need in the community for an organization that addresses basic needs. As a result, North Hills Community Outreach was incorporated in 1987 as an organization of People Helping People. NHCO’s parent organization is St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
- We relocated our North Boroughs office to Greenstone United Methodist Church, 939 California Ave in Bellevue.
- Our food pantries introduce healthy eating initiatives such as Produce of the Month and shelf-labeling for healthy choices.
- Our Rosalnda Sauro Sirianni Garden produces a record amount of organic produce for our three pantries: 4,934 pounds valued at $26,140.
- Our two Free Rides for Seniors shuttles provide a record 7,650 rides to seniors in need.
- January-April: NHCO’s Money in Your Pocket Tax Preparation 24 volunteers complete 329 electronically accepted returns, 26 paper returns filed (and six prior years returns were filed). Families received $538,530 in federal refunds and $22,482 in state refunds.
- May: NHCO’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden receives a $30,000 grant from the Seeds of Change foundation, allowing us to continue to provide fresh organic produce for the families who use our three food pantries and to provide education opportunities for the community. The grant was won in part due to voting on social media.
- December: Transportation Assistance program is expanded so that more people can receive help with the costs associated with transportation. NHCO moved away from the Community Auto model, which sold cars to a limited number of clients. Instead, all donated vehicles are now sold at auction to fund the Transportation Assistance program, which helps people in need with transportation-related expenses such as car repairs, bus passes and CONNECT cards and car seats.
- NHCO begins offering Family Development/CSBG services in McKees Rocks at Focus On Renewal, establishing a partnership with organizations that serve people in need in the Sto-Rox area.
- Former NHCO client Bharat Rai, a refugee from Nepal, receives the Self-Sufficiency Award from the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania.
- September: NHCO obtains a 8’x10′ outdoor walk-in freezer with funds from a Walmart Foundation $20,000 grant and the assistance of a number of volunteers, local businesses and Shaler and Hampton townships. The grant is acquired by utilizing social media.
- July: NHCO adds a second Free Rides for Seniors shuttle service, with funding from St. Margaret Foundation, to transport seniors in communities along the Route 28 corridor to UPMC medical appointments.
- November: NHCO adds third food pantry, Millvale Food Cupboard
- NHCO changes name of senior services program to In Service of Seniors: North (formerly Faith In Action) to unify our partnership with Family Services of Western PA.
- Sixth-grade students in the Gifted & Talented at Shaler Area Elementary create an NHCO app for Smart Phones, increasing accessibility to a wider range of donors and volunteers.
- During FY 2012-13, NHCO has a record number of volunteers –1,715 (including 524 youth) – who logged 44,368 hours of their time and talent to help local families in need.
- Smart Investments program is launched as a partnership between North Hills Community Outreach, South Hills Interfaith Ministries and Neighborworks. Funded by United Way, the program provides free financial skills, assistance, and more to women who have had a sudden financial setback.
- WorkAble program is launched as a partnership between North Hills Community Outreach, South Hills Interfaith Ministries and Jewish Family & Children’s Services. Funded by United Way, it provides free, holistic career counseling and job search coaching to unemployed and underemployed residents of Allegheny County.
- April – NHCO wins $10,000 in the first-ever Generosity Footprints contest by utilizing our social media communications.
- June – Ceremony held to dedicate and bless the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden
- April – Work gets underway in earnest at our organic community garden in Bellevue
- April – Allegheny County Economic Development provided funds for us to purchase a new Free Rides for Seniors shuttle, which was launched on April 4.
- October – Our Free Rides for Seniors shuttle surpasses 100,000 miles of free rides provided by volunteer drivers and dispatchers.
- January – NHCO and Community Auto officially merge.
- October – NHCO and Family Services of Southwestern PA are awarded a collaborative grant from the United Way of Allegheny County for Open Your Heart to a Senior.
- September – NHCO is selected as one of five lead agencies in the county to provide significant rent and utility help through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Recovery Program.
- September – NHCO is one of eight organizations to receive funding from United Way of Allegheny County to assist financially struggling adults and families.
- August – Six AmeriCorps workers join NHCO for a year of service. All will help build our capacity to serve.
- April – NHCO’s partner organization Community Auto moves to fantastic new location in Wexford, allowing us to get more cars into the hands of low-income families who need them for work and family matters.
- November – Donated land in Bellevue is cleared by Eagle Scout and volunteers. Property will be used as an organic community garden; produce will be distributed in our food pantries.
- October – NHCO implements a training program for Volunteer Savings Coaches to provide individual help to participants in the Family Savings Accounts programs.
- January – Free Rides for Seniors and Faith in Action-Hartwood programs move to donated space at UPMC Lighthouse Pointe.
- December – NHCO adds new sharing project – Sports Share
- September – NHCO receives $240,000 for the Millvale Satellite Expansion from the Kresge Foundation for meeting their Challenge Grant. The building is officially paid off.
- August – Severe flooding affects 300+ residents and business owners in Millvale and surrounding communities. NHCO takes the lead in helping them recover.
- April – NHCO celebrates 20 years of service with a dinner and awards ceremony attended by more than 200 supporters.
- December – Along with the Borough of Millvale and 200 guests, NHCO dedicates the new Millvale Community Center.
- November – NHCO moves its Millvale Satellite to the renovated and expanded Millvale Community Center.
- August – NHCO receives $260,000 Compassion Capital Fund grant for round three of Compassion Allegheny.
- July – NHCO consolidates its North Boroughs services at donated space on the second floor of Allegheny General Hospital, Suburban Campus.
- March – NHCO is awarded a $240,000 Challenge Grant from The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan. NHCO must raise an additional $588K to obtain the grant for the Millvale Satellite Expansion Campaign.
- December – Construction begins on Millvale Satellite Expansion Project.
- September – NHCO forms partnership with Community Auto, making vehicle ownership a reality for local individuals and families in hardship.
- September – NHCO assists several dozen families relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina.
- August – NHCO receives $260,000 Compassion Capital Fund grant for round two of Compassion Allegheny.
- May – Faith in Action-Hartwood and Free Rides for Seniors programs begin (Fox Chapel, Allegheny Valley areas).
- May – NHCO forms Volunteer Partners, a group of dedicated volunteers who will plan social activities and encourage financial support among all volunteers.
- December – NHCO begins Tobacco Free North program to provide education and outreach for tobacco-use prevention.
- September – Flooding ravaged NHCO’s service area and devastated our Millvale Satellite. NHCO acts as a lead agency in flood relief efforts, serving more than 1,000 families and 50+ small businesses.
- August – NHCO receives $234,000 Compassion Capital Grant from the federal government to provide technical assistance to 11 smaller grassroots organizations.
- July – President George W. Bush once again highlights NHCO’s excellent services in a Pittsburgh speech.
- June – NHCO’s North Boroughs Food Pantry relocates to Allegheny General Hospital, Suburban Campus.
- March – NHCO embarks on $2.3 million capital campaign to expand and refurbish Millvale Community Center.
- July – President George W. Bush highlights NHCO in a nationally televised speech as an outstanding example of compassion and effectiveness.
- September – NHCO adds new program – Family Savings Accounts – with funding from the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development.
- September – NHCO celebrates 15 years of service to the community with dinner for 240. President George W. Bush sends David Kuo, Special Assistant from the President’s Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives as his representative.
- July – NHCO accepts responsibility for the North Boroughs Food Pantry, serving an additional 100 families a month, at the request of community leaders.
- April – NHCO dedicates new 1,000 sq. ft. food pantry with 200 in attendance, including many of the 20 youths who volunteered extensively.
- November – NHCO breaks ground behind headquarters for a larger food pantry serving 175 families a month, using donated materials and labor, including volunteer architect.
- September – NHCO opens third Satellite office, in space donated by Suburban General Hospital and adds new program – youth leadership – thanks to grants from the Pittsburgh and RK Mellon foundations.
- August – NHCO adds new program – scholarships for nontraditional low-income students – thanks to funding from a local business.
- July – NHCO adds new program – Community Connections helping welfare recipients meet family responsibility goals – with funding from the PA Dept. of Welfare.
- June – NHCO adds new initiative enabling persons with severe disabilities to volunteer in more meaningful ways.
- January – NHCO becomes the Salvation Army’s disbursal agent for their charitable funds in the Hampton area.
- December – NHCO’s first mail appeal garners $40,000 in grassroots support.
- July – NHCO food pantry provides $165,000 in food to 240 families during the past year, spending only $5,000 thanks to extensive successful food drive efforts.
- September – NHCO adds new program – childcare grants – for low-income parents entering or returning to work, thanks to a grant from the Divine Providence Foundation.
- July – NHCO becomes a training site for the County’s Senior Training and Employment Program, PA Job Corps and the County Jail.
- April – NHCO dedicates new 2,400 sq. ft. addition at Hampton headquarters, built without any debt, thanks to in-kind donations and volunteer labor, including volunteer architect.
- April – NHCO expands mailing list to 15,000 homes thanks to a grant from the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation for postage and printing provided free by Passavant Hospital.
- October – NHCO opens second Satellite office, in Bellevue, in space donated by a local congregation, Emanuel’s Lutheran.
- September – NHCO moves Millvale Satellite to larger quarters donated by a local business and adds new program – utility help – in partnership with the local electric company, Duquesne Light.
- July – NHCO adds new program – case management for families living in poverty – thanks to partnership with Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services.
- November – NHCO launches capital campaign to build an addition at its headquarters for program expansion.
- September – NHCO builds 500 sq. ft. food storage shed using all donated materials and all volunteer labor.
- January – NHCO adds new initiative encouraging persons required by the courts to perform community service to do so in support of their neighbors in need.
- October – NHCO adds new program – Ask the Attorney – pro bono legal consultations for low-income families.
- September – NHCO adds new program – volunteer caregiving – by receiving its first nationally competitive grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- September – NHCO opens first Satellite office, in Millvale, in space donated by a local congregation, Christ Lutheran.
- June 18 – NHCO incorporated, with headquarters in Hampton.
- Board member Scott Brady was appointed United States Attorney, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
- Board Member Rita Baranwal was appointed to be Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.
- NHCO celebrated 30 years of service to the community. Several NHCO supporters were honored at our 30th Anniversary Celebration.
- NHCO’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden garnered a $30,000 grant from Seeds of Change, an organic seed company, thanks in part to online votes from community members, in addition to an evaluation process.
- NHCO received a $5,000 grant from the Sprout Fund to participate in its 100 Days of US project. NHCO combatted the effects of living in a food desert such as Millvale with Let’s Cook!, a series of food preparation workshops that empowered families to overcome food desert barriers.
- NHCO Service Coordinator Jennifer Schlosser received the 2016 Golden Eagle Award from Dollar Energy for exceptional service while assisting families in need with energy assistance applications.
- Former NHCO client Bharat Rai received the Self-Sufficiency Award from the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania. Bharat and his family sought sanctuary in a Nepalese refugee camp from the oppression and violence in Bhutan. In 2012 they were awarded refugee status in the United States.
- Volunteer Gary Brandenberger received the Jefferson Award for his ongoing dedication to serving families and helping staff in the NHCO Millvale office.
- Mother-son volunteer/donor team Dolly and Justen Bucek received the Jefferson Award for their unique efforts in, and tireless dedication to, providing food to our three food pantries.
- Volunteer Joyce Rabinowitz was honored with WESA 90.5’s People Making a Difference Award.
- Volunteer Elaine Hatfield was nominated for United Way’s Good Neighbor Individual Volunteer Award.
- Board member Tom Baker received the 2015 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Young Alumni Achievement Award.
- NHCO’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden received the Good Neighbor Award from Allegheny Financial Group, a financial planning and investment management firm. The award included $1,100 to be used toward garden expenses and general operating expenses.
- Community Auto’s “Too Big for the Stocking” vehicle recipient Tamika Duck received The Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators 2015 Distinguished Graduate Award, given to a Pennsylvanian who overcomes barriers to achieve post-graduate success.
- Education Assistance recipient Alyssa Rose is in her second year in the Culinary Arts program at Pittsburgh Technical Institute. She has been accepted into the Federal Culinary Chapter of Pennsylvania and the National Chef Association – an honor seldom offered to students.
- With the help of hundreds of community members, North Hills Community Outreach finished #17 of 150 food pantry programs nationwide that competed on social media to receive a $20,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. NHCO used the grant to purchase and install an outdoor walk-in freezer.
- NHCO Millvale Site Manager Maria Christina passed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), paving the way to acquiring her license in professional counseling (psychology).
- Summer 2014: Volunteer Donna Bechtold is recognized by InShaler magazine as a Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to helping local families access utility help.
- June 2014: NHCO partners with the Allegheny County APPRISE program by helping to spread the word and organize Medicare OPEN ENROLLMENT educational and counseling sessions for APPRISE in northern Allegheny County. NHCO received the APPRISE award for helping APPRISE be exceptionally successful this year. (APPRISE received the Pennsylvania “Secretary’s Award” this year for their achievements.)
- June 2014: In Service of Seniors was selected as a winner of a 2014 Honorable Mention STAR Award by the National Volunteer Transportation Center, for excellence in service delivery to senior passengers.
- May 2014: Board Emeritus and volunteer Ruth Graham received the Penny Smith Status of Women Award from Zonta Three Rivers North. Zonta presents the award annually to a woman to “improves the legal, political, economic and professional status of women.”
- Director of Operations Dianne Buirge is named a finalist for CFO of the Year, presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times. This was Dianne’s second time as a finalist. She has worked at NHCO for 26 years.
- Volunteer Joyce Rabinowitz received honorable mention for the “2014 Celebration of Caring” award from North Side Common Ministries.
- Board president Wendelynne Newton, JD was recognized by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council as one of the recipients of the 2014 “Most Powerful & Influential Women of Pennsylvania.”
- In October, NHCO’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden was named a regional winner of the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (PHS) Community Greening Award.
- Youth volunteer Sneha Srinivasen received the Celebration of Caring Award in August for her efforts to establish a children’s area at NHCO’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden, thereby serving the hungry through volunteerism. Youth volunteer Connor Weiss was a special honors nominee for his efforts to eradicate hunger in the community.
- Board member Ryan Wilson was named a recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Hunger Awareness Day Awards for his work on many fronts to feed hungry children.
- NHCO was named InCommunity magazine’s best Large Nonprofit for Hampton
- Volunteers Karen Roach and Kay Neiswonger received InCommunity magazine’s Volunteer of the Year award for the Fox Chapel area.
- Volunteer Theresa Amelio was honored as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Volunteer Citizen of the Year
- NHCO received the PublicAllies RISE Changemaker award, Organization category.
- NHCO made the 2012 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated List.
- Board Member Nancy Naragon earned the League of Women Voters’ Civic Star Award for her exceptional service.
- Director of Services Carolyn Pschirer was awarded the Mooseheart Award by the Etna Moose Lodge for her years of working to help those in need.
- Volunteer Ryan Wilson is named an Everyday Hero by the Sodexo Foundation and donates his $5,000 prize to NHCO.
- Board Member Emeritus Shirley McIlvried is named the North Journal‘s Citizen of the Year.
- NHCO Wins the Alfred W. Wishart, Jr. Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, presented by The Forbes Funds.
- NHCO’s Community Auto program is one of 10 organizations (out of 98 applicants) to compete in the Fast Pitch, sponsored by Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners. Community Auto’s Manager Jennifer Carr placed second, earning a $7,500 prize for NHCO.
- NHCO receives the United Way of Allegheny County’s Award for Excellence for service to vulnerable seniors.
- NHCO receives the United Way of Allegheny County’s Award for Excellence for service to financially struggling families.
- Volunteer and board member Althea Worthy received the Golden Eagle Award from the $ Energy Fund for her outstanding service to people in need.
- Volunteer and board member Althea Worthy is named a Community Champion by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- NHCO service coordinator Natalie Klaum is a recipient of the Golden Eagle Award, presented by the $1 Energy Fund to individuals who go above and beyond to help others.
- NHCO is a recipient of this year’s Good Government Award given by the League of Women Voters. NHCO is recognized for the Millvale Satellite expansion project with the Borough of Millvale.
- NHCO is the winner of a LIHEAP Challenge with the prize being lunch with Steeler great Franco Harris! NHCO was selected because staff and volunteers did an outstanding job making LIHEAP referrals for low-income customers during this past heating season.
- Jim Loscar, a valued operations department volunteer, is named a Community Champion by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- NHCO service recipient receives the Self Sufficiency Award from Community Action Association of PA, with only one award given in each county to an individual who moves from poverty to economic stability (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007 as well).
- Jill Herman, longtime lead volunteer for NHCO’s Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, is named a Community Champion by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- NHCO service recipient receives the Self Sufficiency Award from Community Action Association of PA, with only one award given in each county to an individual who moves from poverty to economic stability (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006 as well).
- Volunteer Jean Muth is honored for her dedication and volunteerism at the National Association of Women Business Owners Pittsburgh Chapter’s Awards Luncheon.
- Family Savings Account (FSA) program lead volunteer Marleen Kasbee is named a Community Champion by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Allegheny County Council issues a proclamation commending NHCO for its “dedication and commitment to assisting the dislocated families affected by Hurricane Katrina. Their response in Allegheny County has been characterized by unprecedented collaboration, a spirit of good will and cooperation which serves as an inspiration to us all.”
- Family Savings Account (FSA) program lead volunteer Marleen Kasbee is honored for her dedication and volunteerism at the National Association of Women Business Owners Pittsburgh Chapter’s Awards Luncheon.
- Volunteer Jason Altmire receives the ARCADIA Award from Northern Allegheny County Chamber of Commerce for professionalism and excellence in community service.
- Volunteer Barb Barcousky is named a Community Champion by the Post-Gazette for longtime service to the North Boroughs Food Pantry.
- NHCO is one of three finalists for the prestigious Alfred W. Wishart Jr. Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.
- Director of Operations Dianne Buirge is named a finalist for CFO of the Year, presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times.