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NHCO Helping Children, Vulnerable Seniors and More with Winter Warmth

NHCO Helping Children, Vulnerable Seniors and More with Winter Warmth

NHCO seeks Volunteer Tax Preparers to Help Low-wage Families

Many of our neighbors don’t have access to affordable tax help, fall victim to “rapid refund” loans, or are unaware of state and federal tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that can put thousands of dollars into their pockets. That’s money that can be for food, utility bills, gasoline or bus passes, rent payments, or to eliminate personal debt. If you have experience doing your own taxes, we need you! North Hills Community Outreach is an official partner of United Way’s Money in Your Pocket Coalition for Free Tax Preparation 2014. NHCO is recruiting several volunteer tax preparers for the following sites and shifts during the first six weeks of tax season, beginning  Monday, January 27:  the Bellevue site  from 4 p.m. -7 p.m.  on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the Millvale site from  9 a.m. -noon on Saturdays. Training is provided and is required for all volunteers. All volunteers must register through the United Way by email atfreetaxes@uwac.org or by visiting www.pghfreetaxes.org.  Registration for new volunteers opens November 7.  Volunteers can register for one NHCO site as their preferred location.

NHCO Sharing Winter Warmth

Many believe that no child should be without a gift at the holidays, and Pittsburgh area residents have a history of generous toy donations. But other more basic needs – as well as other disadvantaged populations – often receive less attention. The Sharing Winter Warmth program benefits families with children as well as vulnerable seniors, widows/widowers, and people with disabilities who need help with necessities such as heat and food during the holiday season. Last year, 583 families, seniors and disabled adults in need received up to $50 in certificates toward food and utilities. Knowing they are receiving this assistance, families were able to purchase their own gifts for their children. The gift provides welcome help to seniors and others who might not have other support during the holiday season. Financial contributions and grocery store gift cards are accepted at: North Hills Community Outreach 1975 Ferguson Road Allison Park, PA 15101 If your organization, congregation or business can display a Sharing Winter Warmth wreath with removable gift tags, please contact Vicki at vdburtst@nhco.org or 412-487-6316 opt 1. To donate, please make checks payable to NHCO, write Sharing Winter Warmth on the memo line, and mail or deliver to NHCO, 1975 Ferguson Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101.

NHCO Holiday Toy Collection

North Hills Community Outreach is collecting new toys, puzzles, games, sporting equipment and gift cards for children ages birth through 18 through December 11. Gifts appropriate for teens are especially needed. Donations can be dropped off at NHCO Allison Park, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101, Monday – Friday, 9am-4pm, and at the food pantry behind the building on a special donation day, Saturday, December 7 from 9am-noon. For more information, please contact Vicki at vdburst@nhco.org or 412-487-6316 opt 1.

Get Your Year-End Tax Deduction by Donating a Vehicle!

Do you or a family member have a vehicle you don’t want anymore? Perhaps it’s not worth the cost of repairs, or it sits unused? Year-end is the time to think about tax-deductions! Community Auto, a program of North Hills Community Outreach, accepts vehicles in any condition, has them repaired, and sells them at below market value to local working families who need them to get to work. You could change a life and you could get the maximum tax deduction. FREE pickup, towing and notary! Call 724-443-8300 or visitwww.communityauto.org.

WorkAble Employment Help

WorkAble offers free employment services to unemployed and underemployed people all over Allegheny County. Services include monthly workshops in resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and networking, one-on-one coaching, as well as job fairs, social media training, an online learning center and computer lab, and more.  December workshop dates include Resumes & Cover LettersDecember 4 and Interviewing 101, December 11, both at 9:30 a.m. in NHCO’s Millvale office. To register or for more information, contact Harriet at hzgibbs@nhco.org or 412-487-6316 opt 2 or visit www.workableac.com. WorkAble is a partnership between North Hills Community Outreach, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and South Hills Interfaith Ministries and funded by United Way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th31glBbP08#t=105

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