In today’s Vendor Spotlight, we spoke with North Hills Community Outreach.
Following the community coming together to help victims of a flood in 1986, a group of people recognized basic needs not being met. North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) was born of people helping people. Today we have offices in Avalon, Millvale, Allison Park, McKees Rocks, and Lighthouse Point. We served 13% of Bellevue’s population last year (531 total households in Bellevue).
We have an awesome team of over 30 staff. Last year we provided 20,190 services to 3,290 clients in 40 zip codes and 50 communities. Our services include food pantries in Allison Park, Millvale, and Bellevue; transportation assistance; employment services; educational assistance; and help with utilities and emergencies. In addition, our community garden celebrated its 10th growing season last year. The Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden is a volunteer-powered, community-supported garden that grows about 5,000 pounds of produce annually. That produce goes directly to the food pantries at each of our offices. In 2021 we served 1,131 families and had harvested 45,000 pounds of produce over the past 10 years.
This is our third year at the Bellevue Farmers Market. Service staff from the North Boroughs Office joined the market in 2020 to raise awareness of the services available to the community. We love the great sense of community – especially after last year. It’s great to see people laughing and smiling, kids playing, and small businesses getting support. For the market, we alternate between our garden staff and service staff, including Garden Coordinator – Maddie Sheinfeld. Garden Intern – Grayson Brennan. North Boroughs Services Manager – Angie Collins.
For more information visit www.nhco.org. Some of our upcoming events include: Corks for the Community @ Narcisi Winery – August 9 and the North Boroughs 5K/1 Mile Walk – August 13. Tickets and more information can be found on our website.