North Hills Community Outreach Updates for July

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Below is a list of the latest happenings with North Hills Community Outreach.

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 extension 3313.

NHCO Garden offers summer opportunities for youth engagement and learning

North Hills Community Outreach is offering opportunities for community youth to get involved in the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni garden this summer. The garden, located at 119 Davis Avenue in Bellevue, is hosting an AmeriCorps KEYS member, who will create learning opportunities for community youth throughout the summer.

The AmeriCorps KEYS member will work with any youth who volunteer in the garden, as well as mentor student interns who are working at the garden during the summer. The garden provides an opportunity for youth to get outside and learn about organic gardening, healthy foods and the environment.

Youth can:

  • Tour the garden and learn how all food produced goes to families in need through NHCO’s food pantries.
  • Engage in a miniature lesson about gardening, healthy foods or the environment.
  • Volunteer.

NHCO welcomes community groups such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, youth groups, summer camps, sports teams and more.  For details, please contact NHCO Garden Coordinator Alyssa Crawford at aacrawford@nhco.org or (412) 307-0069 extension 3311. For more information about NHCO or the garden, visit 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. Gently used Texas Instrument graphic/scientific calculators are also needed for high school students. 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 9a.m.-noon, Saturday, August 4 in the food pantry behind the main office in Allison Park, or alternate arrangements can be made by calling 412-487-6316 option 1. 

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.

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.

NHCO needs on-board volunteer dispatchers for our senior shuttles

North Hills Community Outreach needs volunteer 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.

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 July 18 in Allison Park and August 15 in North Boroughs. 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.