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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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

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Meetings and community projects.

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I have only experienced efficiency and generosity so I can not suggest improvement.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the projects to which we have contributed and been involved.

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Refine and expand, especially with new classes for low-income people, taught at local churches or the Millvale Community Center. Education, information is powerful and up lifting. It enables people to grow and achieve.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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The work that they have done to help individuals and families gain stability out of crisis.

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

Not applicable.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

receiving assistance to reopen my business.

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

find a way for them to have all the funding they needed to help more people. With all the cuts being made to services more and more people need their assistance.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I have experienced an openness to partner in ministry that has been effective in the lives of people in need.

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Continue to explore ways of bringing in more volunteers from the faith communities of our area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

working with members of my local community as a volunteer and in receiving energy assistance as a client after losing my job with another non-profit.

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

Expand their service area to better serve residents of the North Side of Pittsburgh.

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