NORTH HILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH INC

Rating: 4.91 stars   180 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 1975 Ferguson Rd Allison Park PA 15101 USA

Mission: NHCO is a faith-based organization that addresses the needs of people in crisis, hardship and poverty so that no one in our community is cold, hungry or alone.
Results: In 2009-10, $1,219,023 in direct assistance was provided to 4,915 families in poverty, hardship and crisis. 4,861 donors gave financial and in-kind gifts
Target demographics: Everybody in northern Allegheny County can be a part of “People Helping People.” Low-income families, people experiencing disasters or other hardships, and frail elderly individuals can receive help. Adults and youth can help their neighbors in need by volunteering and/or donating funds and goods, such as food, winter coats, school supplies, etc.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,248 food pantry participants, 1,472 received utility help, 627 elderly received nonmedical assistance from 134 volunteers
Geographic areas served: Northern Allegheny County for the majority of services; some programs are covered countywide and beyond
Programs: Two food pantries, utility assistance, emergency financial assistance, employment services, support groups, college scholarships, holistic case management, Family Savings Accounts, Faith in Action volunteer caregiving for the elderly, Community Auto vehicle ownership program, and more.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 25-1553057
412-487-6316
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer, I have seen first hand the compassionate and careful help that is given to people in our community in need. They meet these needs on every level from food to resumes to job search and interviewing skills, untility help, rides and visits for seniors and the disabled, computer skills and much more. This is truly a group worthy of its name and they deserve all the help and support we and our neighbors can give them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at NHCO for over 5 years and continue to be impressed with the compassion and caring of this organization. They meet the needs of people in a great variety of ways. If they are not able to do this because of location or ability, they will guide the person to someone who can help. The community is richer because of their presence.

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

by seeing the relief and happiness on people's faces as they know they are not alone and there are people who care and can help them.

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

I would like to see them have more help and money to continue there good work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began working with the North Hills Community Outreach about a year as a savings coach. NHCO is a well organized and professionally run organization. It deserves the highest of accolades when it comes to their leadership and vision for the community.

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

seeing my clients through the organization meet and exceed their goals

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I help senior citizens by giving them rides to doctor appointments, hair appointments or taking them grocery shopping. It is very enjoyable to meet new people and I like the feeling of giving back that I receive from doing this. NHCO is an awesome organization for facilitating this.

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

helping senior citizens remain in their homes by helping out.

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

do nothing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is a wonderful organization, well run, and the people are fantastic.

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It was a very rewarding experience and we look forward to future interactions.

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

not make any changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered numerous times over the years for North Hills Community Outreach. I'm always impressed with the warmth and compassion that the NHCO staff always demonstrates towards their volunteers and clients. I'm certain that they are efficient and trustworthy with the resources they are given, and I know I have felt lots of appreciation every time I've volunteered for them. They are such a wonderful organization; so giving and caring to those in need, and such a valuable organization within our community.

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

Through working in the Food Pantry, at the Coat giveaway, and NHCO's charity and silent auction events, I've seen how willing donors in our community are to give to North Hills Community Outreach. It's a good cycle of service; NHCO does a great job giving to the community, and in return, the community is more than willing to give back to them.

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

I wouldn't change a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for the past year with the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry once a month at NHCO in Allison Park, PA. It has been a true highlight of my year to be able to personally interact with individuals who need a little extra help to feed their families. I am grateful to the NHCO staff for allowing me to spend time with these families and a way for me to "give back" to our local community. It is a joy to see the smile on their faces when we can provide fresh produce or dessert treats to them; they enjoy choosing from the many soups, vegetables and fruits available on the food pantry shelves. NHCO respects the dignity of each individual. I am very proud to serve as a volunteer for their Thanksgiving Food Drive and their fundraising "Dessert theater" as well as in the food pantry...in many ways, NHCO is a true beacon of hope and education for the entire community. I applaud the staff and all the volunteers for their daily commitment to serving others.

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

Every month, new families come to the Food Pantry due to economic conditions. Their faces tell the story of feeling awkward; perhaps this is the first time in their lives that they need a little help to survive. When they leave the Pantry however, they have made friends with all of us who "shop with them", pack their groceries and carry them out to their cars. They have retained their dignity and feel empowered by their choices. NHCO uplifts the individual and they, in turn, uplift their families.

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

NHCO is an excellent organization that has been helping to educate people and better their lives for so many years. The only improvement is that they could use a bigger and newer facility in order to distribute even more clothing, food and programs to the community they serve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I VOLUNTEER FOR THE COMMUNITY AUTO PROGRAM FOR THE NORTH HILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH. THIS PROGRAM TAKES DONATED CARS AND FIXES THEM UP FOR PEOPLE BELOW A CERTAIN INCOME LEVEL. I HAVE SEEN IT DO WONDERS FOR FAMILIES. IN ADDITION, NHCO ALSO PROVIDES FOOD FOR THE NEEDY, WINTER COATS, FRIENDLY VISITS AND MUCH MORE. IT IS AN ORGANIZATION FILLED WITH WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THOSE IN NEED. I AM PROUD TO BE A PART OF IT.

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

I HAVE SEEN THE FACES OF PEOPLE GETTING DESPERATELY NEEDED FOOD AND THE FACES OF FAMILIES GETTING A CAR. tHAT IS ALL THE THANKS THAT ONE NEEDS.

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

I WOULD REQUIRE PEOPLE TO GIVE TO THIS ORGANIZATION SO THAT IT COULD HELP MORE PEOPLE.

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Rating: 5 stars  

NHCO is a fantastic organization with a great staff. They make volunteering a wonderful experience.

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

the ability to volunteer on a regular basis, but also when it is convenient for my schedule.

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

give them the ability to be a lot more high tech.

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Rating: 5 stars  

NHCO is a well respected not for profit organization meeting it's mission on a daily basis. The administration and staff are well qualified and are willing to go an extra mile to meet the needs of their consumers. As a volunteer I have had an excellent working relationship with everyone at NHCO. The resources at NHCO are extensive and a real asset to Pittsburgh! As an example, one of the exemplary programs at NHCO is, Community Auto. This transportation program has helped hundreds of people buy an automobile, thus helping people in need get to and from a job and becoming tax paying citizens with dignity. NHCO IS A GREAT NONPROFIT!

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

With the excellent help of the CEO and staff at NHCO we were able to form a vehicle donation program, Community Auto, that provided low cost vehicles to people on public assistance so they could keep a job with dignity. This program was the first nonprofit Vehicle Dealership established in PA. Donors of vehicles are able to get the maximum value from their donation and help people in need of transportation. A win win situation for everyone!

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

They only change I would like to see is the expansion of their services to a larger area in PA. NHCO is a model organization for other nonprofits to follow.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Community Auto is a program under NHCO. It sells reliable automobiles to low-income, working individuals and families. Individuals donate cars to Community Auto, which, in turn, repairs and inspects them and sells them for about one third less than what they would cost at a used car lot. It is a real win-win proposition. The donors receive the maximum tax deduction because their cars are resold to needy individuals, and the individuals purchase a more reliable vehicle for significantly less than they could through any other channel.

The two individuals responsible for the program, Jennifer Carr and Ed Holdcroft, and genrous, caring, understanding and supportive of the clients. The provide a wonderful service to the community and are great to work with!

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

Fulfilling volunteer experience.

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

Figure out additional ways to increase number of cars donated.

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