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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Homeless & Housing, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Human Services, Personal Social Services

Mission: North Hills Community Outreach addresses the needs of people in crisis, hardship and poverty.

Results: In 2014-15 , $1,503,628 in direct assistance was provided to 4,099 families in poverty, hardship and crisis -- 86% of our expenses were direct services to those in need. 4,917 donors gave financial and in-kind gifts, and 1,538 volunteers gave 34,057 hours.

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: 1,404 families in three food pantries; 482 families received utility help; 35 low-income working families purchased low-cost vehicles and 598 individuals received 951 Community Auto services; 598 seniors elderly received nonmedical assistance and 141 seniors received 5,768 rides on our Free Rides for Seniors shuttle.

Geographic areas served: Northern Allegheny County for the majority of services; some programs are covered countywide and beyond

Programs: Three food pantries, organic garden for food pantry, utility assistance, emergency financial assistance, employment services and computer skills coaching, education assistance, budget coaching, holistic case management, In Service of Seniors volunteer care giving for the elderly, Community Auto low-income vehicle ownership program, and more.

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

North Hills Community Outreach is a Wonderful organization. Volunteering for the Senior program does so much for our community. Without NHCO and "Open your heart to a senior", there would be elderly people in our community without, transportation to Dr. Appts, grocery stores, or simple conveniences that we all take for granted....like being able to walk outside on your sidewalk without worrying about slipping in the snow...thanks to the snow removable volunteers from the NHCO.
Because of this organization, and all aspects of their community service, the North Hills of Pgh is much, much better off.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first a volunteer through Faith in Action and was able to get many "new best friends". Recently, I was elected to the board of directors. what a privilege to serve on the Board of such a great community organization.
Eric

Volunteer

Rating: 5

North Hills Community Outreach is a fantastic place for people to feel secure about getting help when needed. They are very professional and always look out for the person in need first. It has been a pleasure volunteering at the North hills branch. Keep up the good work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in NHCO as a volunteer since 2003. I have served as a Board Member, and worked on Board committees. This organization has helped so many individuals and families in need in the northern Allegheny County area. I am so proud to be a part of this organization. I work with the staff and other volunteers. I have seen first hand how this organization works and how our clients are taken care of in a compassionate way. I have Co-chaired a fundraiser for the last five years and was able to raise funds that were directed to help with rental and utility assistance, caregiving for seniors and adults with physical disabilities, employment, food panty and more. Because we have strong Board members, a dynamic Exercutive Director and dedicated staff, NHCO is an organization that promotes a lot of good will in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to North Hills Community Outereach, our student volunteers have an opportunity to learn and experience what giving back to a community really means. Our college club student members have been able to participate in the United Way's Day of Caring at the Outreach and also share in various volunteer opportunities throughout the year. So many of our students have been personally touched by your agency whether in terms of assistance with their basic needs of life, food shelter and clothing, to financial assistance for educational purposes, or to set up a household, or to purchase their first home or car. THANK YOU for helping over 700 families in the North Hills area.