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October 29, 2008

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October 29, 2008

North Hills Community Outreach is wonderful. I did not have the money to purchase furniture at one time and did not know where to turn to until a friend happened to mention the Outreach Program. They helped me out and one day I wished to return the favor by volunteering my services in any possible way.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the amount of people they have helped.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

there are so many good people in this world.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand even further

Ways to make it better...

there is nothing that I would change.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the amount of people being layed off and the services are going to be placed under a great strain.

One thing I'd also say is that...

its just a great organization.

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West Penn Allegheny Health System

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

October 21, 2008

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October 21, 2008

NHCO helped my project come to life. They worked as a liason between our group and the United Way to get a family help making their house liveable. We spent a day painting, cleaning, sorting, building a closet, putting in a bathroom and drywalling.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing people together.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create a database of professionals willing to donate their time and talent, as well as companies willing to donate seconds or left overs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their willingness to serve others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely friendly,caring, professional and wanting to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help so many more families!

Ways to make it better...

We had more time and money to spend on the project.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, location.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you for caring!

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PPG Industries

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 5, 2008
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May 5, 2008
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North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) located in Millvale was there to help those devastated by the floods that nearly destroyed their community several years ago. NHCO has not yet tired in its quest to help those in need-- even old dogs! As I surfed the web I came across a wonderful volunteer, Maria Christina, via her link on the Animal Friends website trying to honor the dying wish of a transient woman Maria purposed to help. That wish was to keep "Midnight Blue", the dog owned by that transient,-- her one and only companion in life & the only soul that stayed faithfully by her side when everyone else shunned her-- alive. I saw Blue and he looked pitiful. Who'd adopt this near-death, depressed, underweight, lame, tumor-filled 14 year old? ME! I drove from Sewickley Heights to pick up Blue from a dear woman in the South Hills who had him for only 80 hours before realizing she couldn not keep him. I immmediately took Blue to Dr. Maro, my Holistic Vet up in Chippewa, where he had a full work up and holistic therapies and was found to be in fine shape even though he was about 110 in people years! Several days later and 24/7 at my side, Blue realized he wasn't going to move again and began to perk up. He had surgery and continues therapies and is now very active, very handsome, very funny, very much loved and very SPOILED! He travels with me to friends' houses and makes himself at-home and endearing. My expectations with NHCO & Animal Friends was FAR EXCEEDED!!! I wanted info and ended up with a love story. When NHCO gave its word it was kept and it met the needs of the community in ways that go beyond paperwork. Maria kept her promise to someone who died for something that can't even speak for itself. Who'd have ever noticed if NHCO gave the body of the transient woman to the coronor and put the dog down? Only Maria's own heart would know. That's why I know NHCO is a GREAT non-profit. At her own expense, Maria provided for Blue's care because his "first mom" trusted Maria would do so. Now Maria can say "mission accomplished" because Blue has a loving home, a wonderful Vet, lots of chewies, an oversized stuffed featherdown chair and blankie from which to watch TV while waiting for one of his homecooked meals to be served. He's my ol' boy and I know Blue knows I'm his new mommy. THANK YOU NHCO!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own experience with them. They served the community by keeping their word.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire Maria and give her the staff she requested.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my new relationship with Blue and knowing the woman who died can rest knowing NHCO kept its word and found a loving home for Blue.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wholesome, friendly, empathetic, trustworthy, thorough and passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to help the community it promises to serve

Ways to make it better...

I could've helped in my participation earlier

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds and many needs of the community as it ages and the economy grows tenuous for it's residents

One thing I'd also say is that...

I LOVE MARIA CHRISTINA AND HER HEART!!! God must smile Himself to sleep thinking of what she's done for NHCO and me!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 20, 2008
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April 20, 2008
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I heard about North Hills Community Outreach through my school, immediately contacted a staff member, and then began my work shortly after. Yes, I did see the results I was hoping for. I expected that I would help those members of the Pittsburgh community who are in need and so far I have done that. We collected items for food drives and also collected bicycles that we gave out for free to clients. Recently, we worked together with PALS, an organization that promotes clean communities and works to achieve that goal. My fellow employees and I worked hard to clean up the local creek in Millvale and dispose of trash and dangerous objects that were in the creek. Our next project is a cell phone drive in which we will collect old cell phones.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many areas of my work, such as numerous food drives and collections. I have also seen the satisfaction of the people that we support.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I have made a difference in someone else's life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

enlarge its facilities and make work more efficient with more employees.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 4, 2008
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April 4, 2008
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NHCO is everything that I expected and more. I came to know NHCO through a flier in the mail. Last year I applied for a job there as a Youth Leadership Coordinator. I was hired there. As a Youth Leadership Coordinator I help out around the Millvale NHCO office as well as participate and encourage others to participate in NHCO's Sharing Projects. The latest Project that I worked on involved bicycles. We had a lot of repaired bikes, and we would fit a person properly to a bike. We would then give them information on repairing and maintaining their bike. Also, if their kids did not have a helmet, we had gift cards that they could buy a helmet with. I haven't met a person at NHCO who isn't caring and devoted to their job, NHCO, and most importantly, families who are in need of NHCO. Everyone who works here is very positive and nice. The facilities at the NHCO office are very nice for a Non Profit Organization. They have a pantry of emergency food for any family who is in instant need of food. Nothing is run down or unkempt. NHCO also has a great community center underneath of it's office. This community center is a great place in which they hold many events in. Overall, NHCO is a great place that I have had the pleasure of working for, and I strongly encourage anyone who is looking for a great volunteer experience to volunteer or work for NHCO.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The expression of gratitude in people's faces.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to have many different options to give back to my community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Positive, work-driven, and devoted to helping others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help thousands of families escape from the wheel of poverty.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 1, 2008
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April 1, 2008
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I had volunteered for NHCO in the past with various school and community services, but in January of 2008 I was hired as a youth leadership coordinator for the Millvale location. One of the first things I learned about the organization is that they have several locations including but not limited to: Allison Park, Millvale, etc.; making the organiztion more available to those who do not have transportation or have limited transportation. Unlike most organizations that I have helped with in the past, I discovered within my first few days of working here that NHCO exclusively helps those in need in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh but will help other places if need be. NHCO can address a variety of issues in a person's life including spiritual, emotional, physical, and material needs. While NHCO will provide emergency assistance such as emergency food or emergency rent payment, NHCO works with the people in need to become and stay self-sufficient in their daily lives thru a diverse selection of programs such as community auto, a family savings account, and so much more. As part of my job, I run and maintain collection drives in the local area at places such as my school district and my church. A nice thing about these drive is that there is no age limit on collecting items. I have involved children as young as the elementary-school age level and have involved senior citizens from my church. Since my time working here, I have personally participated in the Souper Bowl Drvie, the Spring Share collection, and the Bike Shop; all which had great success. I would recommend the services of this organization to anyone in need because of the diversity of their programs.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many postive ways

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep everything the same

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with everyone

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all very kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so much more

Ways to make it better...

the doors didn't automatically lock

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the honesty of those in need

One thing I'd also say is that...

the organization should be open to employees to that are in need

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 16, 2008
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February 16, 2008
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This orgainization really has the best interest of the families in mind. They do anything and everything they can to help as many people as they can and their successes are huge. They consider all circumstances and do their very best to make everything work out. Also, this organization does not only provide emergency assistance in times of crisis, but it helps people to help themselves and get their lives on track and really gives them the opportunity to be more independent and self sufficient. This organization helps so many grateful people and it's a great honor to be a part of it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the sharing projects.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the results of my time spent by being able to interact with the people I'm helping.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly and positive; willing to do all that they could to help the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

definitely succeed in helping people in need in our community and make sure that everyone who came would be provided for and have a chance to better their own lives and get back to where they want to be in their lives.

Ways to make it better...

if I was more familiar with the procedures. However, once you get the hang of it it is very easy to catch on.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding new ways to get the community involved.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 15, 2008
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February 15, 2008
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This is a great organization. Being out of work is difficult. The staff is compassionate and caring. They made me feel welcome. I appreciate their kindness, and the respect they gave to me. Thanks so much!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

person, and they care about helping those who need the help.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

publicize that these services are available in more places like the Pennysaver, GreenSheet and senior centers, if they will give free space as a public service.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their caring and compassion for others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, supportive and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a tremondous amount of people that really need help with the terrible conditions in the economy, right now. The government seems now to rely on charities and giving organizations to help others,with the focus of the government on funding the defense industry, giving subsities to oil industry and giving tax breaks to the wealthy, as well as, taking the duties off of foreign imports that do away with jobs for Americans in manufacturing and outsourcing.

Ways to make it better...

the line moved a bit faster, but is not too bad.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably going to be the increases in the amount of people that need these services as we enter this recession in the economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I appreciate being able to use the services they have available. Everyone has been very friendly, caring and helpful to me. Thank you so much!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 22, 2008
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January 22, 2008
5 people found this review helpful

i'm e-mailing you to express such a honest thank you for all of your services you have given me so graciously. natalie knows alot of my story and without her guidence i'd be still in a shell somewhere. i came from an abusive relationship, molested as a child(not by any family member), not able to enter into a healthly relationship and 2 of my 4 kids were in a trauma level 1 lifeflight car crash not expected (by any doctor) to survive. through seeing the neuro critical unit team "crack my son's chest massage his heart and race him to the operating" i fell to the wall crying to the lord not to take my son away from my, he went through my divorce. abuse, etc. with me. and promised me prior he'd always be close to me. i'm his mom, his enforcer, his friend, and sometimes i don't agree with him so i become the enemy, but he says "i understand you mom and it's your uncondtional love for me that sometimes makes you make those choices i understand and love you for raising a boy to a man all on your own, i understand and love you always the same as you love us uncondtionally." i've had some hard things happen and it's out of my control...but just as i pray about my son, and daughter(whom doesn't speak to me after the accident she was also in, i don't know her reasons for the hate she carries in her heart for me...i'm going to let the lord my heavenly father take care of that), and thank the outreach center for helping me with bills, food, and just plain listening to me talk. without the help i honestly needed someone's help. no one has ever taken me under their wing and help gradually begin to heal and fly again. i pray i'll oneday again soar like an eagle through life as i once have. this is just a thank you note and appreciation of all you have done. sincere thank you, from beth

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own families personal life

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be encouraged and want to work like natalie has for other families, just like she did for mine

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sincere concern and compassion

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nurturing

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

keep up the awesome work i'm living proof

Ways to make it better...

i have no complaints

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

i've said enough there is no complaints here

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 22, 2008
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January 22, 2008
5 people found this review helpful

nhco has literally been a lifesaver for me. I would be homeless if it were not for their help & the help of generous donors. I had fallen on hard times,had to quit my job because of various health problems. I am now waiting on word from social security disability(which is a nightmare). In the meantime i applied for welfare & the little amount of money I get from welfare doesn't cover my mortgage. I had gotten a forclosure notice from my mortgage company & nhco saved me from forclose. They gave me help with utilities-who to call, help with filling out paperwork-everything. I also recieve food every month(excellent selection),clothing,toys for the kids for Christmas,gift certificates for meals for Thanksgiving plus extra food. I have also gotten a lot of emotional support from them. I felt very welcomed the first time I went there. They didn't make me feel like I was just there for a handout. They really are there for you for as long as you need them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the amount of people they have helped.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

never be able to do it as well as they do it. They have excellent staff & volunteers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the welcoming of the staff & their emotional support

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind & supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a lot more families-although I have never seen them turn anyone away.

Ways to make it better...

couldn't have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough private donations(monetary)

One thing I'd also say is that...

THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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