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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ashley34

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are a great nonprofit and a great resource to those in need in the greater Pittsburgh region. A community garden that supplies fresh produce to their food pantry, community auto program, emergency assistance, ect. We need more nonprofits like North Hills Community Outreach.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We interface with NHCO as fellow members of the Northern Area Food Pantries in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. The NHCO organization is well run, enthusiastic, generous with time, information and excess donations. We have always appreciated their leadership and support. Mary Anne Dille, Office Manager, North Hills Food Bank

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NHCO is the recipient of a number of my congregation's efforts in Faith in Action. Because we Unitarian Universalists (UUs) believe in the inherient worth and dignity of every person, we are active in community service and social action. NHCO is one of our chosen vehicles for living our beliefs. Many community causes ask for our help, compete for our volunteer time and we do contribute both to others, however, as an institution the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills feels a strong community partnership with NHCO. We collect food for the pantry, wrap Christmas gifts at retailers, serve in the Oakmont concession stands of the Women's Open, donate our own classrooms for Open Your Heart to a Senior training, donate money to be used at our Bellwood Kids' Stuff Sale, donate baskets to Spring Share and Backpacks to Back to School projects.

In short we find that a portion of our mission and vision is realized by working with NHCO to help those in our larger community.

I hope that you and your group will join with us in this worthwhile enterprise. Thanks to you all. Lou Bartolomucci, President of the Board, UUCNH

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a funder of the work being done by NHCO I can honestly and wholeheartedly say that NHCO is an excellent community non-profit that brings to life the mission of serving the poor and disadvantaged members of our community. NHCO on countles occasions has gone above and beyond to address the multi-faceted needs of individauls and families in crisis after which they continue to render valuable assistance, aid and support. Our community is a better place to live and raise our families because of the very fine work of NHCO.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

NHCO really helped me along with many others after hurricane Ivan hit and flooded my town along with many other neighborhoods. The volunteers and staff were very helpful in providing assistance and giving me the courage to rebuild my business. They made me want to pay it forward by assisting other companies and families recover from their loses. They deserve any grant awards and donations they can get as they are a first class non profit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a pastor in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, I found NHCO to be a helpful partner in ministry in many ways. As I encouraged our people to be involved with our community, NHCO was an organization to which I could point them to share their gifts for ministry with people in need. As we looked for ways to share ministry monies we raised to help people, NHCO was one trusted place those funds could be offered. As we encountered people with multiple needs, there would be ways we could help, but also we would need to provide for needs beyond our congregation's abilities. NHCO was a place with whom we could partner to make a difference in the lives of these people in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NHCO consistantly uses talent (minimal staff and hundreds of volunteers) and resources (donated space, donated goods, cash donations) In my personal experience with the agency, I've witnessed moms complete their GED's (and move on to other training/education programs) and college degrees (and go on to career positions), unemployed individuals get necessary energy assistance to get them through the tough times and avoid utility terminations, and seniors receive transportation and shopping services that allow them to remain in their own homes with dignity. All who volunteer truly feel their talents are well-utilized and that they truly make a difference.