North Hills Community Outreach Announcements for April

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NHCO’s Loaded Potato Bar is April 12

North Hills Community Outreach will hold its second annual Loaded Baked Potato Bar, 4:30-7:00pm, Friday, April 12 in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Hampton.

Dinner includes baked potatoes (white or sweet), multiple toppings on a self-serve bar, a drink and dessert.         The dinner is Lenten-friendly and there will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free toppings. Attendees can enjoy light entertainment throughout the evening.

The cost for this family-friendly event is a pay-what-you-can donation by cash, check or credit card to NHCO and proceeds support NHCO’s many free programs that benefit local families in need. Take out is available.

For more information, please call 412-487-6316 opt 1.

NHCO collecting Spring Cleaning supplies 

North Hills Community Outreach is collecting Spring Cleaning supplies for distribution to the families who use its three food pantries. Items are appreciated by June 7, but are accepted year round. Items needed include new, unopened: laundry detergent, antibacterial wipes, all-purpose cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, dish detergent, pack of sponges, paper towels and canvas shopping bags. Low-income families cannot use SNAP benefits to purchase cleaning supplies in retail stores so these items are greatly appreciated. 

     Please donate Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm at NHCO Allison Park, 1975 Ferguson Road, Hampton, or in the Allison Park food pantry behind the main building 9am-noon the first Saturday of each month (April 6, May 4 and June 1), or call 412-487-6316 option 1 to make alternative arrangements.

NHCO’s organic garden offers open garden hours for volunteers April –October

Volunteers are welcome at the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden, a program of North Hills Community Outreach. The garden grows 5,000 pounds of organic produce each year for NHCO’s three food pantries. Open volunteer hours are 10am-2pm, Mondays and Thursdays, April through October. Well-supervised children are permitted. No open-toed shoes or unsupervised children, please. Please note there is an apiary on the property. Please contact Alyssa for more information at aacrawford@nhco.org or 412-307-0069 x 3311.

NHCO offering Free Tax Prep

     North Hills Community Outreach is once again offering free tax preparation for low-income individuals through the United Way Free Tax Prep program. During the past five tax seasons, NHCO volunteers have helped prepared 1,281 federal returns and helped families receive $1, 962,995 in federal refunds. Appointments are required and must be made by calling United Way’s helpline, 2-1-1.   

Income eligibility requirements:

     For households with ONE PERSON, annual income must be $30,000 or less. For households with MORE THAN ONE PERSON, annual income must be $50,000 or less.

     NHCO’s Bellevue/North Boroughs site will be open for tax prep appointments Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30 to 7:30pm.  

     NHCO’s Millvale site will be open for tax prep appointments Saturdays, 9:00am to noon.

Ask the Attorney sessions for low-income families

Free legal consultation for noncriminal issues such as divorce, bankruptcy, credit issues, family matters, rent disputes and more is available for families in need who live in northern Allegheny County north of the City of Pittsburgh. Ask the Attorney sessions are held in North Hills Community Outreach locations the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm except December. The next sessions are April 17 in Allison Park and May 15 in North Boroughs (Bellevue). Attendees MUST preregister for these sessions by contacting Jackie at jmboggs@nhco.org or 412-408-3830 x 3217.

NHCO urgently needs vehicle donations to fund Transportation Assistance program

Transportation is the third most cited problem that people mention when coming to North Hills Community Outreach for help. Unwanted cars, vans, trucks, boats, RVs, or motorcycles can help several low-income individuals or families. Vehicles in any condition donated to NHCO’s Transportation Assistance program are sold at auction; funds help local people overcome transportation challenges including car repairs, inspection, car seats, bus passes and more. NHCO can accept vehicles from anywhere in the country, and there is FREE pickup or towing and a hassle-free donation process. Please visit nhco.org or call 412-408-3830 x 3225.

NHCO urgently needs volunteer drivers and on-board dispatchers for our senior shuttles

North Hills Community Outreach needs volunteer drivers and on-board dispatchers for its two Free Rides for Seniors shuttles, which transport seniors in the Route 28 communities to UPMC medical appointments and shopping during weekdays. No special license is needed and training is provided! Shifts are short. Please contact Kerry at kkmulhern@nhco.org or 412-449-0151 for more information.

NHCO’s Pathways program offers free goal-setting help for those who are struggling

North Hills Community Outreach’s free Pathways program helps low-income people set goals. Our coordinators meet one on one with people to coach, set short- and long-term goals and provide resources and support. For information, call Abby in North Boroughs (Bellevue) at 412-307-0069, Nicole in Millvale at 412-408-3830 or Abby in McKees Rocks at 412-331-1685 ext. 233.

Employment help is available at NHCO

North Hills Community Outreach offers free help with career counseling, updating a resume, job search techniques and more. Please contact NHCO Resource Coordinator Jacqlyn Boggs at jmboggs@nhco.org or 412-408-3830 x 3217.

NHCO speakers are available

North Hills Community Outreach’s staff or volunteer speakers will speak at no charge to your congregation, business, civic group or school about NHCO’s programs and volunteer opportunities, or will staff an NHCO information table at your community event. To schedule a speaker, please contact Jen atJLKissel@nhco.org or 412-487-6316 opt 1 x 3112.