North Hills Community Outreach Updates for August

0
54

NHCO requests donations to assist with flood relief

North Hills Community Outreach is assisting hundreds of families in multiple communities affected by the July floods. Assistance is possible only thanks to donations from individuals, businesses, congregations, and other organizations. Financial donations and gift cards to Lowes, Home Depot, Target, Kmart, Walmart and grocery stores are needed to help people with the costs of cleanup and to replace furnaces, electrical work and appliances. Checks can be mailed to NHCO, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Online donations can be made at nhco.org . Those living in NHCO’s service area of northern Allegheny County north of the city of Pittsburgh who were affected by flooding may call 412-408-3820 or email help@nhco.org to inquire about assistance.

NHCO seeks one-time volunteers to conduct home safety checks

North Hills Community Outreach seeks volunteers to do home safety checks for seniors Fridays, July 20, July 27 and or August 24. Interested volunteers who are not available on one those dates can register for future dates. There will be a brief training at 9:00 a.m. in the NHCO office, 1975 Ferguson Road, Hampton. Volunteers will then pair up to visit two homes of area seniors to do safety assessments for fire and fall hazards, and install smoke detectors. Ninety local seniors are waiting for home safety checks. Seniors who would like a safety check or potential volunteers should contact Cathy Pschirer at 412-307-0069 x 3313 or clpschirer@nhco.org.

NHCO’s annual Back-to-School Colle­­ction is on

North Hills Community Outreach NHCO is collecting new backpacks and school supplies for students in kindergarten through 12. Items needed include backpacks, notebooks, binders, paper, folders, pencils, pens and calculators. Good quality teen backpacks with sturdy zippers are especially needed. NHCO provides more than 1,200 backpacks full of school supplies for students each year.

Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9a.m. – 4p.m. through August 3 at any NHCO office including NHCO Allison Park, 1975 Ferguson Road, Hampton, or NHCO North Boroughs, AGH-Suburban Campus, 100 S. Jackson Avenue, 2 South, Bellevue. Special donation hours will be held 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, August 4 in the food pantry behind the main office in Allison Park, or alternative arrangements can be made by calling 412-487-6316 option 1.

NHCO provides HomeMeds screenings for seniors

North Hills Community Outreach offers free HomeMeds medication safety screenings for seniors living in northern Allegheny County, north of the City of Pittsburgh. The screenings help seniors understand their medications, assess whether the medications are working for them, and keep track of medications.

Trained volunteers meet with seniors and review all medications. The screening information is sent to a pharmacist for assessment and follow-up. All seniors age 60 or older are welcome to register.

For more information or to schedule a medication safety screening, contact Cathy at 412-307-0069 x 3313.

Flooded or salvage vehicles may be donated to North Hills Community Outreach

Vehicles ruined by recent flooding anywhere in the Pittsburgh area can be donated to North Hills Community Outreach Transportation Assistance program. Pickup or towing is free. The donor must possess the title to the vehicle. The donation process is easy and hassle free. Vehicles are sold at auction and 100 percent of the funds NHCO receives help local people in need overcome transportation challenges. Please visit nhco.org or call 412-408-3830 x 3225. Those living in NHCO’s service area of northern Allegheny County north of the city of Pittsburgh who were affected by flooding and need financial help with transportation assistance may call the number above.

NHCO accepts garden produce in three food pantries

Home gardeners with extra produce may donate it at any of North Hills Community Outreach’s three food pantries, which serve nearly 1,200 local families in need annually. Produce may be brought to any NHCO office Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Addresses are 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101 (Hampton); 416 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15209 (Millvale) ; and AGH- Suburban Campus, 100 S. Jackson Avenue, Floor 2 South, Pittsburgh, PA 15202 (Bellevue). Donations can also be delivered to the pantry behind the Hampton location 9:00a.m. to noon, Saturday, August 4. General donations of unexpired, unopened, nonperishable food, personal care items and cleaning supplies are also needed to restock the pantry after increased distribution in July after flooding. For more information, call 412-487-6316 opt 1.

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

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

Employment help is available at NHCO

North Hills Community Outreach offers multiple free programs aimed at helping people attain self-sufficiency, including employment help.  Those seeking help with career counseling, updating a resume, job search techniques and more can contact NHCO Resource Coordinator Jackie Boggs at jmboggs@nhco.org or 412-408-3830 x 3217.

Ask the Attorney sessions for low-income families

Free 30-minute legal consultation for non-criminal issues such as divorce, bankruptcy, credit issues, family matters, rent disputes and more is available for families in need at North Hills Community Outreach locations the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm except December. The next ATA sessions are August 15 in North Boroughs and September 19 in Millvale. Attendees MUST preregister for these sessions by contacting Jackie at jmboggs@nhco.org or 412-408-3830 x 3217. 

NHCO speakers available

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

Vehicle donations are needed for NHCO’s Transportation Assistance program

Your unwanted car, van, truck, boat, RV, trailer or motorcycle can help several low-income individuals or families. Vehicles donated to North Hills Community Outreach’s Transportation Assistance program are sold at auction and 100 percent of the funds NHCO receives help local people in need overcome transportation challenges. Your donated car could change lives. 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. Please note that Community Auto is no longer a program of NHCO.