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NHCO Wins $30,000 Garden Grant;

NHCO Wins $30,000 Garden Grant;

North Hills Community Outreach’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden recently received a $30,000 grant from Seeds of Change, after receiving enough online votes from the community to be considered for a grant award. Seeds of Change, a producer of sustainably grown organic seeds and nutritious organic foods, awarded $310,000 in total grants to 24 garden projects around the country to recognize the value of food, farming, sustainability and nutrition education. The annual grant program benefits select school and community gardening and farming programs in the United States that focus on food, farming, sustainability and nutrition education.

“One of the greatest parts of winning this grant was knowing that we had the support of the community,” said Sharon Wolf, NHCO’s executive director. “Everything we do, from feeding families and meeting their most basic needs, to helping people find better employment and education opportunities, is done because community members support us. By voting, people demonstrated that they trust us to serve the most vulnerable in their neighborhoods. We feel blessed to have that honor.”

North Hills Community Outreach is a nonprofit serving local families in hardship and poverty in northern Allegheny County through more than 20 programs. NHCO submitted an application highlighting how they would use a Seeds of Change Grant to grow their gardening program and nourish a healthier, greener community. The NHCO garden, located in Bellevue, is a community organic garden which, with the help of many volunteers, produces thousands of pounds of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables annually for low-income families who receive food from NHCO’s three food pantries.

Alyssa Crawford, NHCO’s garden and youth coordinator, noted that the grant not only will help feed hungry families, but will support education efforts in the garden. “There is a huge educational component to what we do here,” Crawford said. “Volunteers, including young people, participate in every step from hoeing to weeding and harvesting.  Youth groups and school groups learn about sustainability and food justice issues by working in the garden,  in educational programs in the schools and through presentations at conferences. There’s so much this garden offers the local and broader community.”

NHCO received the grant following a close evaluation of several hundred applicants, and a public voting period, and a competition among the 50 gardens receiving the most votes . Twenty-four gardens received grants:  12 school gardens and 12 community gardens. Of those, 10 school gardens and 10 community gardens received $10,000, two school gardens received $25,000, and two community gardens – one of which was NHCO’s garden – received $30,000.

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NHCO’s Neighborhood Block Party Takes Place April 27th

Get your tickets now for NHCO’s Neighborhood Block Party North Hills Community Outreach’s Neighborhood Block Party is 5:30-8:30 pm, Thursday, April 27 at The Chadwick in McCandless (Wexford). The whole family is welcome at this all-ages event, which includes multiple food stations, live music by Acoustic Diversion and Katie Zeak, appearances by Pittsburgh Princesses and… Continue Reading

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Free Tax Preparation and Citrus Sale Start 2017 at NHCO

NHCO’s Annual Citrus Sale is underway North Hills Community Outreach is taking orders through February 6 for its annual Citrus Sale. NHCO also seeks congregations, schools or civic groups to help take group orders. Boxes are grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and pears are hand-checked by volunteers and are available for pickup March 4 and 5 in… Continue Reading

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Community Auto to Give Away Vehicle to a Family in Need on Dec. 22

Applications accepted now through December 7 The eighth annual Community Auto “Too Big for The Stocking” car giveaway has returned this holiday season with a chance for a low-income working family to win a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. Community Auto is a program of North Hills Community Outreach that serves low-income, working residents all over Allegheny… Continue Reading

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Coat Drive, Produce Donations and More Taking Place at NHCO

NHCO winter coat drive  North Hills Community Outreach will collect new and gently used winter coats for local families in need through October 16. All sizes are appreciated; children’s and adult XL – XXL are especially needed. Coats should be clean and have working zippers and fasteners. Hats, gloves and scarves are also welcome. Donations… Continue Reading

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News for June from North Hills Nonprofit NHCO

NHCO volunteers urgently needed in June Do you love the game of golf, or doing something  meaningful with a group of friends?  North Hills Community Outreach urgently needs volunteers to register to help in our assigned concessions tent at the Men’s US Open golf tournament, June 13-19, at Oakmont Country Club. The Open donates funds… Continue Reading

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Happenings in April at North Hills Community Outreach

Buy tickets by April 8 for NHCO’s Neighborhood Block Party Tickets are available through April 8 for North Hills Community Outreach’s 2nd annual Neighborhood Block Party at The Chadwick in Wexford, 5:30-8:30 pm, Thursday, April 21. Enjoy a variety of food stations, live entertainment, fun and games for the kids, and more. Tickets are $30… Continue Reading

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