Community Corner

Each month, the Lauri Ann West Community Center will sponsor a drive for items that are needed in our community. Check out our upcoming drives below and help us serve all of our neighbors!

July

The Lauri Ann West Community Center needs your help in securing hockey equipment. Hockey classes and camps at the Center are very popular but too often kids don’t have the equipment they need to stay safe as they learn the game. We would like to have that gear available here so that it can be shared with kids who are just starting out. The Center would greatly appreciate your donation of any gently used hockey equipment—nets, shin pads, helmets, hockey sticks, etc. For more information, please contact Jason Fate at 412-828-8566 or jfate@lauriannwestcc.org. THANK YOU!!

School may be out, but Backpack for Hunger is still providing children in our community with care bags of food.  Please help them serve more children and families in our area by donating non-perishable food (such as cans of soup, ravioli, single serve bowls of mac and cheese or cereal, breakfast and granola bars, etc.) or donating gift cards to Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Giant Eagle. A donation box is always in the lobby of the Community Center. For more information, please visit http://www.backpackforhunger.org.

Our community is a vibrant place, filled with exciting events and activities for everyone. Check out some upcoming community events/activities by clicking below:

NHCO needs volunteers in the upper Route 28 corridor; now offers online registration for volunteering to help seniors

North Hills Community Outreach has a particular need for volunteers interested in helping seniors in the route 28 corridor near Tarentum and Brackenridge. Specifically, volunteer drivers and dispatchers are needed for the Free Rides for Seniors shuttle, and individual volunteers are needed to help seniors get to appointments and shopping. NHCO now has an online registration process for those who wish to volunteer to help seniors through its In Service of Seniors: North Program.  Visit http://nhco.org/volunteer-opportunities/volunteer-help-seniors/ and follow the easy step-by-step registration process. Volunteers are needed to help seniors get to doctor appointments, take them grocery shopping, do light yard work, drive shuttles and more. For more information, call Cathy at 412-307-0069 x 3313.

NHCO Millvale is hosting no-cost MOVE UP weight management program

North Hills Community Outreach’s Millvale office is hosting MOVE UP, a no-cost behavioral weight loss intervention program for older adults. Sessions will be held in NHCO’s Millvale office, 416 Lincoln Avenue, 9:15 -10:15 a.m., Mondays beginning in August or September, contingent on number of enrollees. The program is offered by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Aging and Population Health Prevention Research Center and includes healthy eating, physical activity and behavior modification techniques.

Interested, qualified adults are invited to enroll. Requirements include: adults aged 60 to 75 who are interested in weight management or weight loss in a community setting; meet a certain BMI; medical clearance; no active cancer treatment; no hospitalization within the past 6 months; no active participation in another weight loss program.

The study is limited to 15 participants and there is no cost. To enroll or learn more, please contact Project Director Lori Kieffer at lak103@pitt.edu or 412-383-1306.

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Comfort Keepers, located in Fox Chapel, provides in-home care and support that improves a senior’s quality of life and enables independent living at home.  Care services include: companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, transportation, grocery shopping, errand services, respite care and personal care. For more info, call 412-406-7667 or visit the website at: www.pittsburgh-839.comfortkeepers.com (Comfort Keepers is also hiring compassionate adults for care services.)