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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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NHCO is a great organization that shows compassion and respect to their clients. Compassion Allegheny is a great resource to new and existing organizations to help them negoiate and thrive in the changing climate in the non profit and government environ.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for NHCO for over ten years so I have seen this wonderful organization grow in their desire to help people in need and reach out to the community. We have been through floods in the Pine Creek area and Millvale. Those disasters taught us so much about what our mission should be and that is what we do. We feed, clothe, find jobs, help with utilities, provide rides for people for shopping and doctor appointments and provide counseling and the list goes on and on. I am very proud to be part of this wonderful organization.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful! I am a new volunteer and have enjoyed every second of my time here thus far! The staff at NHCO works day in and day out to ensure that people in the community are able to live a quality life and keep their dignity. My elderly grandmother takes advantage of one of their services - - the "free rides for seniors bus." This bus has allowed her to keep many of her freedoms and still meet friends for lunch, attend doctors appointments, and go shopping.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm in my fourth term as a Board member of NHCO, having had to take a year's leave after the second term. Because I hear and observe the needs of the North Hills community, I collect food and coats and participate in as many fund-raisers as I can. Although I don't have direct contact with the recipients, I hear how appreciative they are of the quality of the service and the dignified manner in which it is offered. For example, instead of buying Christmas toys for the children of families in need, we collect money to help pay for their heat and light and allow them the dignity to make their own purchases for their children's holiday's gifts! I've observed our executive director develop NHCO from a staff of about eight employees to a wonderful, caring staff of about 25! The Board is very proud of the way she represents us to individual donors, corporations, and foundations. She is terrific!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization helps members of our local communities with various needs and problems. They provide food, clothing and help with gas and electric when needed. They helped and continue to help flood victims with various needs.They provide toys for children at Christmas. If this agency can't help someone with their problems/needs they provide direction to other agencies that can help. They give spiritual counseling and guidance when needed. Most needed is money to continue this excellent work.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started my experience with North Hills Community Outreach in April 2006. I was immediately impressed with the compassionate way that so many people in need were helped. Everyone is treated with dignity. This organization excels at bringing the community together to help their neighbors in need. The volunteers were all treated wonderfully, too. I always felt appreciated and it became almost addictive to be here.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I am impressed by the number of programs North Hills Community Outreach offers and the number of communities it services. Clients are treated with courtesy and respect.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers and employees at the Millvale satellite of the North Hills Community Outreach excel in helping people to keep their utilities on, to providing food, and referring clients to agencies who can help them. Each client is treated with respect and their needs are of the utmost importance to the staff serving them. Working as a receptionist and at various odd jobs gives me a first hand look at the needs of the clients that contact the office. NHCO does an excellent job with every client that it serves.