This organization excels in organizing working groups to focus on tasks to support communities in the Mon Valley. Its structure of using working groups which address core issues enables the organization to remain focused and consistent with its mission.
My first professional work experience was an internship with the Human Services Center Corporation. Perhaps the most valuable lesson learned is the importance of the planning process. Thinking through goals and objectives to solve problems and reach goals, then developing leadership skills to implement the plan, are useful tools no matter where life takes you. The Human Services Center is a unique organization that serves many people successfully due to excellent administrative leadership. I’m grateful for my experience there.
I recently joined the Human Services Center as an AmeriCorps Health Corps volunteer. With little prior experience in this field, I was immediately welcomed by the entire team. In the short time I have worked with this organization, I've been able to benefit from countless opportunities for professional and personal growth.
I have been an intern with the Human Services Center since May of this year. It has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential in expanding my knowledge of social services.
I have been interning at the HSCC since June of this year. The past 5 months have been very fulfilling and educational as well. I feel very blessed to have found such a wonderful organization to be a part of. The staff is friendly, extremely hard-working, and supportive of one another. It has been an experience I will not soon forget.
Dave Coplan came to conduct our Fayette County Human Service Council Retreat. I have been in administration for many years and found Dave to be one of the best facilitators in planning that I have met. He moved us along in a very timely fashion and was able to help all voices to be heard. He completed the work at home and sent us a very full and on target plan.
An outstanding organization, dedicated to meeting the multifaced needs of the community it serves. Innovative programming, dedicated staff, contagious enthusiasm for their mission.
While attending my first Mon-Valley Providers Council Quarterly Meeting, I realized several things immediately: 1. what a wealth of information was available to me and my students 2. how bright their Director was 3. how utterly clueless I was 4. how great the needs were in the Mon Valley 5. how collaborative the MVPC organization was 6. why being involved was a win-win for me, my students and the local communities that I serve I have not regretted one minute of the time that I have committed to the activities and services provided by my CCAC, South Campus/MVPC collaboration. (well there was that one time at the Century III Mall during the Super Expo when I was hit on by several VERY senior citizens!!! BUT it provided me with a great story!! And NOW I am a one of those senior citizens)
The HSCC has afforded me invaluable experiences to grow professionally. I first began working with the HSCC as an intern during my senior year at the University of Pittsburgh. I gained amazing first-hand experience writing grants, coordinating events, conducting planning studies and developing needs-driven, quality programming, such as the Youth LIFE after school program. During graduate school, I interned for several other organizations, but would always make time to do additional work for the HSCC, including facilitating studies about fundraising events, contributing to legislative agendas, and assisting in raising money for its endowment campaign. After I graduated with my Masters Degrees (MSW, MPA) from the University of Pittsburgh, I served a one-year term for HSCC's Board of Directors through Leadership Pittsburgh's Leadership OnBoard program. Each program and project of the HSCC is guaranteed to be high-quality, which is why I continue to donate money to and volunteer for the HSCC. You may have seen me helping to build a playground in the HSCC's courtyard, serving meals at its 25th Anniversary, or walking for the HSCC team at the annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk. I am proud to be associated with this organization and look forward to continuing to give back for years to come!
For as long as I've been associated with the Human Services Center, I've been amazed by just how committed the organization is to making sure that there are no wrong doors for accessing service. When I was an intern, we would get phone calls from folks looking for services we didn't provide and my first inclination was to say, "sorry, we don't do that". But the director at the time made it clear to me that that wasn't good enough, and that we should always make sure that, at the very least, folks left us headed in the right direction for services. This constant commitment to the individuals we saw every day, whether or not they were part of our core service population has always impressed me and been a lesson to me in my professional life.
The Human Services Center Corporation in Turtle Creek is a tremendous asset to the entire region. They are constantly on the cutting edge when it comes to innovative ways of helping people. I started as a volunteer with them way back in the mid 90's. I worked in their toys for tots program and food pantry. Now as a professional in Workforce Development I interact with them on several levels and I'm constantly amazed. I have to tell a funny story about Dave that illustrates a point. One summer many many years ago we were all at a picnic together. There must have been a total of 6 of us playing a wiffle ball game. It was the start of an inning and Dave was on my team. While we were in the feild Dave whispered to me that he felt a triple play coming on. I'm like sure ok, I didn’t believe him. Well the next batter hit the ball and I can't remember how it all happened but next thing you know we had made a triple play and we were up again. How many times have you ever seen a triple play in a wiffle ball game? But Dave knew, he believed he could do it. This example has always stood as a testimony to the power of Dave. He and his team perform triple plays everyday with the ease and self assuredness of that summer day many years ago. Keep up the good work and it’s always been an honor to be on your team.
I started as an intern at the Center while I was working on my undergraduate degree at Pitt. I became a full time employee in May of 2002 and served as the first Youth Programs Director and worked to support the Youth LIFE Program and the KOOL Summer Program. It was an incredible experience! After receiving my Masters Degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at Pitt, I moved on from my position at the Center to serve as the Senior Vice President of Development and Marketing at Goodwill Industries. Recently, I have transitioned into a position with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. I learned so much as an intern at the Center about community organizing, grant writing and budgeting. It is an excellent resource for the community and for the students who have the opportunity to grow and learn.
In the past year that i've been in this program ELP at the Human Services Center have learned alot. It has taught me to explore different careers and makes me look forward to my future. I have learned better communication skills. I always improved my writing skills. It also made me explore different colleges and makes me want to attend college after high school. In this past year i got my first job and if it wasn't for elp I dont think I would of even been able to get the job. This program is the best thing for teens. THANK YOU ELP.
I have learned alot in HSCC. I have learned about all sorts of jobs, how to fill out applications, and lots about having a good interview. I like working on the computers on the websites, they teach alot about jobs and gives you a good idea of what you are trying to pursue. We also went on field trips, which I enjoyed. One in particular was to a pirate game, most of the people I didn't know, so I got to meet new people and have fun. HSCC has overall helped me all around and will help me in the future as well.
I have worked with the HSC in a variety of capacities for the last nine years. They are an incredible organization, which works to serve both the needs of the non-profit member agencies, as well as the needs of the community. The Executive Director takes great pains to teach his bevy of interns the skills they need to operate in the non-profit world, as well as promoting leadership in the next generation. He is free with his advice and is willing to go the extra mile (and show a little leg) in order to raise funds, awareness or create new programming. The staff are extremely dedicated to serving the needs of the member agencies and the community, and that shows in their dedication and long hours.
The Human Services Center Corporation in Turtle Creek, PA is an awesome program to me because it has helped me in so many ways. I've been a participant in the youth programs they provide here for 6 yrs now. I have met so many new and awesome people that have all helped point me in the right direction. The programs here have provided me with help with everything from homework to searching for colleges. The Staff and students that attend the programs here are all just wonderful people who have taught me so much. I really enjoy attending all the wonderful programs and events they have to offer.
The HSCC provides different resources such as ELP and a after school program for young kids. I have learned a lot of things by coming to ELP. It helps the community by providing different programs. The things I have learned about are different jobs and opportunities. ELP is very exciting because we do fun thing like going on field trips and taking tour very cool places.
I have been attending the ELP (Emerging Leaders Program) for about a year. In those years, I was able to excel in my school work, thanks to the program that is run by the HSCC. Not only was I able to improve my grades in school, I was also able to earn volunteer hours for my senior class project. It has been a priviledge to meet many young teenages who have similar goals in life, to be succesful. There were indeed many different knowledgable and entertaining field trips, speeches, etc.
The Human Services Center excels in working with kids and young adults. They have provided many outstanding opportunities that many people have not had the chance to do. They provide care for children and a job readiness program for young adults. Both of their programs are very good. Visiting colleges, different cities, and getting visits from important people is always fun and a very interesting way to learn about different things.
The Human Services Center's Emerging Leaders Program is a great program to help you prepare for your furture career. Whether it be basic interveiw skills to making your resume the best. this program also prepares you for college and encourages you to be a great success. One thing that i enjoy most is that if you have a problem or just need to talk to someone the staff is always there and are ready to listen. They also open up windows of opportunities for you. The opportunities could include volunteering for the HIV/aids walk or working as a C.I.T.(Counsler In Training). You also get the chance of meeting great new people and walking away at the end of the day with a new friendship.
I think that the Human Services Center is a great asset to the community. It helps so many people in so many ways. It helps people without food and kids get along in life. I have learned a lot of important skills from the teachers and staff from this institute. The staff are very involved and passionite about what they do are are very eager to help with any problem.