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North Hills Community Outreach Inc

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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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

North Hills Community Outreach has been a lifesaver for many in the North Hills of Pittsburgh for decades. They feed and clothe the poor, collect school supplies for students every fall, and provide numerous services for the unemployed, the newly poor, and the disabled. No other non-profit in my area provides the superb services for so many as NHCO.

When I bought a new car two years ago, I gave them my old car. When my cell phones are replaced, they use cell phones for abused women's safety. When they have a food drive, I donate. When they sell citrus each winter to raise money, I purchase it. This organization is surely one of the best in the country.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I donate as much as we can because we know that this organization meets the needs of its constituents. Please do what you can to help NHCO continue to help those in need.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Donor

Rating: 5

NHCO is an excellent community community partner and well run organization. By relying on donations and volunteers, they are able to achieve great things with donated funds. Their commitment to creating a sustainable garden in order to provide healthy produce for their food pantries is just one fantastic example of the quality organization they are!

Donor

Rating: 5

NHCO does a wonderful job of meeting such a wide range of needs in our community. The entire organization is filled with committed, passionate people and their volunteers doing an amazing job of helping families, while always maintaining the utmost respect for the people they help.

Kristin21

Donor

Rating: 5

North Hills Community Outreach is a fantastic organization! I have donated food, winter coats, and even a gas stove!

Donor

Rating: 5

North Hills Community Outreach is highly organized and efficient in its use of donor resources to assist those in need. Its services are comprehensive, benefiting young and old. I feel assured that what I donate does maximum good. The staff is dedicated and conscientious and make me feel like a member of the team whenever I stop in. Volunteering is also easy and satisfying. Our region is truly blessed by this non-profit organization. Associate Pastor Roger Nicholson, Perry Highway Lutheran Church

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization who helps so many people in our local community. It is great to see how my donations can help those locally.

Donor

Rating: 5

NHCO appers to be well run. They took care of everything when I donated my vehicle. I will recommend them if I know of anyone wanting to donate.

Donor

Rating: 5

NHCO is an incredible asset to our community. They provide a wide variety of programs for those in need. Those programs address immediate need, such as the food pantry, and others provide information and training for participants to make a better life for themselves. They continue to provide the assistance for neighbors in need and help them get back on their feet again. I am happy to be a donor and will continue to support this amazing organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

There are only 2 organizations I donate to and North Hills Community Outreach is one of the two. They are one of the most caring organizations I have come across. I recommend them to anyone who needs a helping hand.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recommend NHCO to everyone--they aren't about hand-outs, they give people a hand up so they can become self sufficient again. They are able to reach out to people in so many ways -- help with utilities, food, job searching and so much more. They help people to help themselves always treating them with dignity and respect. They offer so many ways for folks in the community to become involved as volunteers as well. I know with certainty that all the time and money given to NHCO will be used responsibly to help those in need to the maximum.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor and occasional volunteer with this fantastic organization. I am amazed at all they do to help those who are in need of assistance in our community. It is an organization that compassionately delivers a hand up in every way one can think of. I know my dollar and other donations are being put to good use with this group. Thank you NHCO!

Donor

Rating: 3

As a past employee, I know how hard working and dedicated the staff is at NHCO. They are totally concerned about the clients and how to help them. The staff are very good stewards of the donations that come in from the public. The numerous volunteers from all walks of the community are a testament to the good works that are being done in the North Hills of Pittsburgh

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen the good that NHCO brings to the community. I see how they help people that need help to get back on their feet. It is truly an organization that is well managed that supplies the most to our friends and neighbors when they need help.

faith geer

Donor

Rating: 5

NHCO contiues to be responsive to needs in the community. Its professional staff looks for ways to help others with dignity. Nhco uses every dollar it receives to help others.

Donor

Rating: 5

NHCO has helped so many of our Shaler Area residents. They are a great organization with a big heart. Thank you NHCO!

Donor

Rating: 5

NHCO has helped so many families of the Shaler Area School District. They are a great organization that continues to help so many people

Donor

Rating: 5

I moved to New Hampshire from the North Hills many years ago, but have continued to donate to NHCO because I know that the money I give is leveraged by many wonderful volunteers and administered by an efficiently managed organization that is truly focused on "neighbor helping neighbor." I like knowing that the money I give stays in the North Hills community, where, sadly, due to circumstances beyond the control of many seeking help, there seems to be increasing need. I like the way NHCO offers services that empower people and help them get back on their feet. I was inspired to learn about a woman who donated family farm land, so organic produce can be grown to supplement packaged donations to the foodbank. This is just one of the innovative and locally-based solutions and services that NHCO makes possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! NHCO touches so many lives in so many ways!

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization truly serves the needy of our community.