Newsletter fall 2005
families in hardship and poverty. Without
reliable and affordable transportation, it
required. Most workers receive their cars
with employment needs, but this is usually
collaborative effort to help local workers
George and Susanne Dull of Fox Chapel
purchase low-cost, reliable vehicles.
groups can refer individuals and families
volunteer together for Free Rides for Seniors.
NHCO now operates Community Auto
in need of affordable, reliable vehicles.
is to “make vehicle ownership affordable to
the Department of Public Welfare’s
Vehicle Grant Program
, which can pay
From May through August, Free
program at Family Services of Western
Rides for Seniors
, which is part of
transportation for getting to work and to
can provide a loan.
NHCO’s Faith in Action-Hartwood
meet other family transportation needs.”
“High end” vehicles too costly for low-
with the St. Margaret Foundation
has provided 1,941 free bus trips
2003. With NHCO’s partnership to operate
reconditioning of other, more appropriate
in need. It is the only nonprofit licensed car
interior shots) of a selection of available
by appointment or request a pick-up.
potential buyers to see what is available.
We need volunteers to photograph
condition. We need volunteers to pick
up donated vehicles!
If you need a car or would like to donate
and Chuck Seibert, Dory
and Reinald McCrum,
and George Dull.
the PA State Inspection. We need skilled
volunteer “technicians” to recondition
Construction to Begin on Expansion Project
NHCO’s Millvale Satellite expansion has been delayed a year due to the flood,
but we are excited to announce that we are moving forward. We invite our
supporters to a ceremonial groundbreaking on Saturday, December 10
, at noon.
is published threetimes per year and mailed to 13,000
RSVP to Wendy Gordon at 412-487-6316 or [email protected]
by December 5.
The current Millvale Satellite (1,900 square feet) is extremely inadequate for
meeting the needs of local families in distress. There is absolutely no confidential
workspace, which is vital to providing services with compassion, effectiveness and
professionalism, and there is no group meeting space. Last year, 2,551 families in
need from 23 communities
were served there (4,900+ were served across all
sites). In addition to Millvale, communities served include Sharpsburg, Etna,
O’Hara, Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, Indiana, Harmar, Cheswick, Springdale,Tarentum, East Deer, Frazer, Fawn and Harrison.
Send any address corrections or othercomments regarding The Connector
• Provide 4,080 square feet for NHCO’s Millvale Satellite – adequate space for
now and for growth for the foreseeable future;
• Develop 3,432 square feet for rental to other human service and education
providers, bringing needed services to the northern suburbs. Rent will be used to
cover the increased cost of utilities, maintenance, security, etc. for the building;
• Upgrade 10,144 square feet (entrance, multipurpose room and common areas)
for shared programming space to enhance and promote community usage of the
meeting/training/banquet facilities for seminars, workshops and events.
In exchange for spearheading the capital campaign, NHCO will receive
occupancy for $1/year. This will free us from the burden of rent without exchanging
it for the burdens of building ownership while dramatically increasing our dedicated
With flood recovery efforts finally winding down, it is imperative that we move
forward with this project and the fundraising necessary for it. But construction
costs have gone up 10%
since we began to plan – due in part to the high demand
for construction in our area caused by the devastation of Hurricane Ivan. We expect
prices to rise even more due to Hurricane Katrina.
Inkind donations and volunteer time will help to contain project costs, now
estimated at $2.2 to $2.6 million. Can you help? Financial donations, inkind
contributions and volunteers are all needed. Please also consider participating in
our Bricks Campaign
NHCO expands services in response to community needs to ensure that no one
in northern Allegheny County is cold, hungry or forgotten.
To learn more about this unique collaborative effort with the Borough of
, please attend one of our upcoming open houses at the current Millvale
Satellite: Saturday, October 22
, 11:00 AM, or Friday, October 28
, 6:00 PM.
RSVP to Wendy at 412-487-6316 or [email protected]
Mission: North Hills CommunityOutreach is an interfaith nonprofitorganization that addresses thespiritual, emotional, physical and
Contact Don Breitbarth at 412-821-0904 to help, and visit www.nhco.org for updated lists.
• Fire extinguisher cabinets with bubble door
• 12” block material, ground-face block, split-
Fay Morgan, Executive Director
• Volunteers to help with minor demolition
Wendy Gordon, Editor
Participate in our Millvale Satellite Expansion Bricks Campaign and
make an impression that will last a lifetime!
A. 4”x8” brick: 3 lines, up to 18 characters each
B. 8”x8” brick: 6 lines, up to 18 characters each
C. 8”x8” brick: Business/organization logo
The Future Millvale Community Center & NHCO Millvale Satellite
**Early Bird Discount Deadline: November 30, 2005**
Please Print Clearly!
Please complete a separate form
for each brick ordered.
! Brick A
(4”x8”) - $55 ($50 before 11/30/05)
Your gift qualifies as a charitable deduction
for tax purposes. Please mail form with
! Brick B
(8”x8”) - $110 ($100 before 11/30/05)
(payable to NHCO with “Bricks”
! Brick C
(8”x8” logo) $325 ($300 before 11/30/05)
Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Call
(Call Wendy at 412-487-6316 to arrange logo delivery.)
Wendy at 412-487-6316 with questions.
More than a year after flooding from Hurricane Ivan devastated much of our
service area, we are finally winding down our relief efforts. Thanks to the generous
support of thousands of local individuals and groups, we’ve helped hundreds of flood
victims get back on their feet. We are still helping several families and businesses
though and need skilled electricians and plumbers to volunteer their time and talents
A complete overview of our flood work from the past year will be available in our
upcoming annual report, which can be viewed online at www.nhco.org in November.
In the meantime, here is a brief snapshot of our flood relief efforts from the past
year. All numbers are as of August 31, 2005.
assistance, bus passes, jobassistance and holiday help. For
• 991 families received $695,559 in direct assistance,
• 755 individuals received new clothing
• 176 families received household items (bedding, dishes, etc.)
• 130 families received general home repair and/or clean-up
• 117 families used dehumidifiers on a rotating basis
• 92 families received a washer and/or dryer
the Allegheny County
• 50 families received housing assistance (relocation or shelter)
Department of Human
and The Pittsburgh
• 34 families received new furnaces with ductwork
, we will walk beside
• 25 families received utility assistance
• 53 small businesses received $67,681 in direct assistance,
• 30 businesses received general site repair and/or clean-up
• 27 businesses received furniture, equipment and supplies
• 22 business owners and managers received guidance from volunteer
attorneys, marketing experts and other professionals
them to apply for FEMA andflood insurance funds.
• 1,102 volunteers gave 18,366 hours of service
• Religious groups,
businesses donated a
combined $243,806 in
funds and inkind
furniture were so nice and polite(even though we have four flights of
traveled from the
Two young PACE volunteers repair a flood victim’s brick wall.
in a two-week period. Flood victims in Etna, Sharpsburg, Millvale, Tarentum and
Carnegie all benefitted from the volunteers’ hard work and positive attitudes.
Special thanks to Reverend Sam Yeager
of PACE and to Mt. Alvernia
• Special thanks to our partner, Hosanna Industries
. In order to assist the greatest
numbers of households and provide assistance as efficiently as possible, NHCO
performed case management services (needs assessments, eligibility verification,
follow-up) for 110 families while Hosanna Industries bore the actual cost of making
Support GroupsUnless noted, groups meet at NHCO Allison Park. Holidays
This past summer, 22 high school students attending the
may conflict with regular meeting schedules; verify dates with
Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar
Harriet Gibbs at 412-487-6316 or [email protected]
College found time to help out with NHCO’s flood reliefefforts. One youth participant wrote to thank us:
• Alzheimers/Dementia (for caregivers): Every second
“When I learned that my group would be participating in
• Young Widows/Widowers: Every first Thursday, 7 PM,
the flood victim project, I was less than enthused
because I did not think I would be able to contribute
• Bereavement: Every first Monday, 2 PM
much. After I looked back at the experience, however, I
Life Limiting Illnesses (for caregivers): Every
realized how fortunate I was to be able to be a part of it.
Our efforts may not have appeared extraordinary orheroic, but they were very much needed and appreciated.
Even more rewarding was the woman’s reaction to our
service. She was truly touched, which inspired all of us to
Contact Ginny Giles at 412-487-6316 or [email protected]
continue to volunteer in the future.”
for more information on any of these opportunities:
NHCO’s Youth Leadership Program continues to expand
into more school districts. If you are the parent, teacher or
guidance counselor of a student who wants or needs to
• Citrus Sale—group sales, distribution
complete a community service project, contact Susan Rohm
• Skilled volunteers such as electricians and plumbers to
help local families still recovering from last year’s flood
• Faith in Action volunteer caregivers• Bus drivers and dispatchers for Free Rides for Seniors
• Callers to participate in the fall phone campaign• Callers to participate in a satisfaction survey to flooded
• This year’s Dessert Theatre raised more than $6,000.
Special thanks to The St. Paul’s Players
• NHCO’s Bridge-A-Rama
held their annual lunch at our
This one-hour session offers an overview of services and
Allison Park office. In addition to their regular financial
volunteer opportunities and is suitable for both current and
contributions, they also brought food for our pantries.
prospective volunteers ages 14 and up. Contact Ginny Giles
• Children of families served by NHCO were treated to a
at 412-487-6316 or [email protected]
“mini press conference” with Pittsburgh Pirates Jack
and Jason Bay
. Thanks to Giant Eagle
• October 20, 10 AM, Millvale Satellite
Fields, Michelle Patterson
, Judy Dodd
, Damita Rupp
• November 8, 7 PM, Allegheny General Hospital
and Rich Mamone
for making it such a
• 78-year-old Free Rides for Seniors rider Jean Creo
Aspinwall now volunteers as a dispatcher. She says the
Tobacco use is an economic issue as well as a health risk.
transportation program has made a big difference in her
NHCO’s Tobacco Free North Resource Specialist is
life and she is thrilled to be able to give back by
available to speak to your congregation, school or civic group
about smoking cessation and prevention. Contact NicoleDavis at 412-821-0904 or [email protected]
• The Shaler Area Education Association
sponsor an activity for the Great American Smokeout on
for NHCO’s flood relief efforts by selling $1 bracelets with
. Visit www.nhco.org for details.
• For each high quality hanger customers returned to Owl
, owners Heather
and Joe Ziccarelli
NHCO is one of the beneficiaries of this popular haunted
20 cents to NHCO for a total contribution of $3,000 so far.
house at North Park, which is open evenings through
• Allegheny Financial Group
raised $500 during a softball
October 30 (closed on Mondays). Thanks to Western PA
game. Special thanks to organizer Vince Parrucci
• The Pittsburgh Riverhounds
held a soccer clinic for
local children at the Ross Township Community
as part of NHCO’s Tobacco Free North initiative.
• Barb Barcousky
of Ben Avon was named a Community
Champion by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
. Barb is the
lead volunteer at NHCO’s North Boroughs Food Pantry,
which provides food for 175 local families every month.
for tips on organizing a food drive. 5
NHCO’s Scholarship Program is open to nontraditional students
who reside in northern Allegheny County, live at or below 200% ofpoverty level, and are enrolled (or plan to enroll) in a school ofhigher education. Applicants must write a 500-word essay on howan NHCO scholarship will make a difference in his or her life. Mostscholarships can be used not just for tuition, but also for books,supplies, transportation to school or childcare.
The scholarship committee recently granted $5,000 in
scholarships for four current recipients and five new students for thefall term. The recipients range in age from 19 to 46 and areattending CCAC, LaRoche College, Indiana University ofPennsylvania, Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and NorthHills Beauty Academy.
Many thanks to the Scholarship Committee: Alicia Dal Lago
Family Savings Account Program “graduate” Marilyn Millar
owner of Alicia Photography and founder of the NHCO Scholarship
proudly poses with Al Brumn, Assistant Sales Manager of
Program; Mary Jo Hess
, Zonta Three Rivers North member;
Mick’s Chrysler, alongside her 1996 Saturn.
, lead volunteer for our Back-to-School Project;
and Ann Vande Weerd
, Employment Specialist with CCAC–North
We recently received the following thank you letter from a grateful
Marilyn Millar has dreamt of owning her own car
since she was 18 years old. Marilyn lives in West
“Please accept my deepest gratitude for the generous
View and works as a food service assistant at
scholarship award. Your vote of confidence most especially
UPMC Passavant. With shift work, it can be very
means a lot, for it encourages me as I make this big step in
difficult, if not impossible, to have to rely on public
transforming my and my daughters’ lives. I intend to use my
education and degree in counseling to hopefully elicit
Marilyn opened an NHCO Family Savings
positive transformation in the lives of others.”
(FSA) on May 10, 2003. The FSA
If you or someone you know would like to apply for an NHCO
Program provides a dollar for dollar match up to
scholarship (or if you’d like to sponsor a scholarship to help others),
$2,000 for home or car purchase, home repair,
contact Harriet Gibbs at 412-487-6316 or [email protected]
small business start-up or college education. It is
funded by the PA Department of Community and
. Savers must meet
Marilyn diligently completed her financial literacy
Last year, NHCO was one of 14 organizations nationwide to
deposits of $84 for 24 consecutive months. She
receive a Compassion Capital Fund grant from the U.S. Department
reached her savings goal of $2,000 in May 2005
of Health and Human Services. We used the $234,000 to mentor
eleven small faith- and community-based organizations in staff,
Although she had a driver’s license, Marilyn had
board, program and resource development with an emphasis on
not driven a car for many years, so she voluntarily
compassion, effectiveness and stewardship. The project also gave
completed a driver’s refresher course before
$58,500 in sub-awards to the participating organizations.
We have been awarded an additional $260,000 to continue this
After comparison shopping for two months,
important work. Allegheny County organizations with a mission of
Marilyn finally found the perfect car—a 1996
helping the poor, frail elderly or at-risk youth and a budget of less
Saturn at Mick’s Chrysler
. Thanks to Mick’s for
than $500,000 are now invited to apply. Contact RaSheda Davis at
working with NHCO and Marilyn to ensure a
412-487-6316 or [email protected]
to request an application.
Duquesne University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute
We congratulate Marilyn on her accomplishment
remain our two major partners, and we have added
and hope that her new car serves her well for many
other partners as well: Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
Holy Family Institute
and University of Pittsburgh School of
To learn more about FSA, contact Harriet Gibbs
at 412-487-6316 or [email protected]
We thank The Forbes Funds
, Allegheny County Office for
Faith-based and Community Initiatives
, Pittsburgh Presbytery
The Heinz Endowments
, United Way of Allegheny County
Special thanks to State Senator Mike Turzai
Senator Rick Santorum
’s office for their support of Compassion
Find the results of our community needs assessment
surveys and focus groups involving local healthcareproviders, religious leaders and school officials at
Throughout September, our “sharing projects” room was
. We’ve also posted the results from a
inundated with hundreds of donated gently-worn coats for
survey of volunteers that measured their level of
our Free Winter Coat Shop
. Visit www.nhco.org for a
satisfaction and desire (or lack thereof) for recognition.
recap of the project; we’ll tell you how many familiesreceived coats and who made it all possible.
Another major project in the works is Turkey on Every
, which provides local low-income families with a
complete and nourishing holiday meal. With your help, we
Thanks to generous congregations, Vacation Bible
Schools, civic groups, businesses and individuals, 607
income children and young adults (preschool through
college) returned to school with new backpacks filled with
age-appropriate supplies, and families in extreme need
received clothing certificates. Thanks to six-time lead
Sunday, November 13
volunteer Rosemary Prager
. Special thanks:
and Orchard Hill Church
more than 100 backpacks filled with supplies.
Magoo’s Bar & Bistro
• For the second year, Rogers Elementary
pennies (Change to Make a Change)
school year to purchase clothing gift certificates.
• Northwood Realty
celebrated Christmas in July
offers the gifts
• Hampton Presbyterian
gave money to 17-year-old
100% of the ticket price
church member Sara Hunkele
to help others. Sara
purchased several backpacks and filled them with
and Andrea Gingrich
(ages 8 and 9)
collected school supplies from their North Park Manor
• Lauren Cebulski
collected school supplies from her
neighbors on Balmoral Drive for her confirmation project
and then helped sort and pack the items.
• For the third year, teenager Katie Muskal
collection in her Oakridge Neighborhood.
• Retired school teacher Ann Brooks
bought 42 new
• Oxford Athletic Club
set up a collection box for its
Special thanks to Magoo’s Bar & Bistro
• Treasure House Fashions
donated clothing certificates.
) for generously sponsoring this event.
For more information on any of our sharing projects,
Members of Springdale United Presbyterian Youth Group
On September 16, seventeen MEDRAD
including lead volunteer Drew Campbell
, provided most of
the supplies and tools necessary during their United Way
Day of Caring project at NHCO. The group cleaned up our
grounds, painted walls and made repairs.
faculty and students, led by Kathy White
continued this work later in the month. They bought theirsupplies using donated Shop’n Save Greenpoints.
Both groups have made wonderful improvements to our
facilities, and we appreciate that they chose NHCO for theirprojects.
• HP Laser Printers• Portable tv/vcr combination unit (2)
• Portable/window air conditioning unit• Paper shredder
• Gas cards• Wall-mounted diaper changing table
• 2006 appointment books and calendars• Carpeting (materials and installation) for North Boroughs Satellites
To donate any of these items, contact Dianne Buirge at 412-487-
Phone (in case of questions) ________________________
6316 or [email protected]
For a complete wish list, visitwww.nhco.org.
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NHCO’s Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to move
our endowment fund to The Pittsburgh Foundation
. Currently, we
have about $11,000 in our endowment, but we hope to grow that
amount over the coming years to ensure that no one in northernAllegheny County is cold, hungry or forgotten.
Our endowment was established with gifts from the Rotary Club
! Save postage! No acknowledgment necessary.
and Arlene Grubbs
and from proceeds
from our Fifteenth Anniversary celebration in 2002.
Placing our endowment with The Pittsburgh Foundation offers
Please contact me about volunteering.
many benefits, including the ability to structure, accept and manage
! Please contact me about including NHCO in my will.
complicated gifts such as life insurance policy designations and
! in honor of ! in memory of ! in celebration of
For more information about making a gift to NHCO’s endowment
fund, contact Kerry Mink at 412-487-6316 or [email protected]
- NHCO’s General Fund (allows NHCO to respond most
• 3806 - NHCO’s Employment Services• 9140 - NHCO’s Food Pantries
NHCO is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 organization.
Your donation qualifies as a charitable deduction.
• 9036 - CFC Code for federal employees
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