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  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the thankful people that the staff at NHCO have been able to assist. People are so thankful to have this type of help and cannot say thank you enough!

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

so passionate about their work and the people that they are providing services to!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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!

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

Working with the dedicated and talented staff members.

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

do even more marvelous things.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Happy children that we provided back packs filled with school supplies. Elderly folks that now have a warm coat for this winter. Families that have food for Thanksgiving and toys for thier children at Christmas.

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

I would hope to run it as well as Fay Morgan runs it today. In my opinion she is the best.

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

I enjoy the work and everyone at this agency makes you feel welcome and very much at home while you are helping others.

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

Always kind and very knowlegeable about what needs done. I've made many friends working on various projects as well as the people I work with on a weekly basis.

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

Do so much to help so many people that are truly in need. These are our neighbors.

Ways to make it better...

We had a coat to fit everyone that needed one.

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

Having enough food to constanly fill the food bank for weekly distributions.

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

I love working for this organization. It gives me so much satisfaction that I am helping other people right here in my own community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the daily compassionate assistance provided to those in need.

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

the wonderful feeling you get from helping others.

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

kind, compassionate, and hard working.

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

expand its outreach and services.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the help and support I received from them after a personal disaster.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

families and people that were served.

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

all the staff and clients that I interact with on a daily basis.

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

always kind, upbeat and fun to work with.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

This organization excels in everything it does. Every client is treated with respect and dignity. The staff goes above and beyond their call of duty.

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4 people found this review helpful

This organization is great when it comes to helping people meet the basic needs of life. Staff and volunteers also strive to help people reach self-sufficiency beyond basic human needs. For example, people are able to acquire jobs, purchase cars, and gain an education with the help of the organization. The organization also works to help other non-profits become successful.

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

the appreciation of clients who are given food so that they will not be hungry, utility assistance so that their electric will not be terminated, and money for rent so that they have a place to live.

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

I've learned about a wide range of services for people who are of low income levels and I can use these programs to help people who I work with in the future.

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

all very warm and giving.

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

ensure that no one in ALL of Allegheny County would feel cold, hungry or forgotten.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-5-01

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4 people found this review helpful

No bells, no whistles, no huge salaries or administrative expenses; NHCO defines “full-service” and embellishes it with efficiency and seven pounds of caring. Over 6300 services were delivered last year. But that doesn’t really reflect the truth. NHCO’s motto of “People Helping People” defines what really happens through services. Individuals receive not only assistance for their immediate situation but often learn to better themselves and their lives for the future. That, to quote my teenagers, “Is WAY COOL.”

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

meeting the growing needs of the communities it serves

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

working together makes us all more efficient.

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

professional, dedicated, service oriented, happy, friendly

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

expand current services and expand its service area

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-4-01

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