Thanksgiving is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the act of giving thanks.” This year, we have many reasons to give thanks, but one of them is for the vital services that Heritage Community Initiatives provides to our neighbors.
For four decades, Heritage Community Initiatives has been providing a variety of programs to those within Allegheny County who are faced with socio-economic challenges. These programs include education, transportation, and life enhancing initiatives with the mission to “enable individuals and organizations to improve health, education, economic strength, and social vitality in their communities.”
Last year, Heritage was able to supply more than 2,000 pounds of food and nearly 1,000 other items including clothing, hats/mittens, books, toys, and more to the families during the holidays. This year, they provided 130 full Thanksgiving meals to families. For the past two years, our team has been fortunate enough to make a donation and volunteer with Heritage by transporting meals for their annual Family Thanksgiving. Heritage provides full Thanksgiving meals to the families of those enrolled in its education programs. During the busy holiday season it can be easy to forget about serving others, and this initiative is a great way to give back!
There are lots of ways you can get involved with Heritage Community Initiatives such as volunteering, donations of needed items (nonperishable food items, children’s gifts, etc.), or through monetary donations. If you are interested in getting involved with Heritage, please visit their website: http://www.heritageserves.org.
Article by Jennifer McGee, Marketing Coordinator
As the holiday season approaches, many people are in the giving spirit. People open their hearts for generosity and feel a sense of satisfaction helping others.The staff at Auberle, located on Hartman Street in McKeesport, open their hearts to the community year round.
In 1952 Auberle opened its doors. The faith-based Catholic agency’s mission is “to help troubled children and families heal themselves”. Auberle offers a plethora of services for children, youth, adults and families including foster care services, in-home crisis intervention, shelter services and transitional living. The goal is to invest in children to break the cycle of abuse and neglect. They also believe strong families build strong children and serve over 3,000 at-risk children and families each year. Serving in seven southwestern PA counties, 60% of the clients are receiving services in the home, school or local community.
Recently, Auberle has partnered with employers to give at-risk youth on the job training. This partnership has been titled Auberle’s Employment Institute and enables youth to develop skills such as work ethic, timeliness and accepting criticism. By gaining real experience, the at-risk youth is able to lessen skill gaps and have higher opportunity for employment in the future.
Auberle recognized as Agency of the Year in the United States by the Alliance for Children and Families. Auberle has also received the Wishart Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management by the Forbes Fund.
Massaro Restoration Services, LLC is honored to be able to work with such a noble organization.
Andrea Soltis, Business Development Representative