Building Community

Pitcairn Food Pantry

Pitcairn Food Pantry

Our Pitcairn Food Pantry provides food for over 120 low income families in our community every month. Since the beginning of 2016, PitCare provided approximately 134,000 pounds (over 67 tons!) of canned goods, dried goods, meat, produce, dairy, and personal and household necessities to our community. We also provide special packages to children for weekends and holidays when meals are not provided in school.

In 2018 we moved the Food Pantry to our PitCare “On Broadway” building, located at 520 Broadway. Moving the Food Pantry provides more space as well as a more localized location for our clients.

Not only are we meeting needs in our community, the Food Pantry also gives us another opportunity to get to know our neighbors. If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry  please visit our volunteer page.

Girls Club

Elementary Girls' Club

Under the leadership of Emily Parsons, grade school girls gather together each Tuesday evening to enjoy a healthy home cooked dinner, make a craft, as well as learn how to apply biblical principles to everyday life. Emily along with her dedicated group of volunteer women weekly reach into the lives of these girls and care for them.

Thanks to generous donations, we have been able to provide each girl with a backpack and back-to-school supplies each fall.

In the fall of 2019 we will be moving locations for the Elementary Club to the first floor of our new Kim Parsons Library and Community Center on the corner of Center and Agatha. Watch for upcoming details as the time draws closer.

 Please visit our volunteer page if you would like to volunteer with us.

High School Girls Dinner

High School Girls’ Club

Through the leadership of Penny Ziesloft we have a vibrant High School Girls' Club. They meet every week at our Ministry House for dinner and discussion, often asking deep, probing questions, sharing their lives, hopes and dreams with our volunteers.

It is especially encouraging to see how much these young women have grown to love our volunteer leaders. Penny and her team of volunteers are able to speak into the lives of the girls as they deal with issues of self-esteem, health and wellness, and growing into adulthood. Please visit our volunteer page if you have a heart for helping with teens at our High School Girl' Club or if you would like to provide a meal for these gatherings.

Bike Program

Bicycle Program

PitCare has distributed over 200 bikes over the past several years to children and teens in Pitcairn. Additionally, we have distributed bikes to adults both in Pitcairn and through the Light of Life Mission to be used for transportation to and from work.

Through the leadership of Gary Agate, bike repair and distribution is an ongoing activity. We have sponsored bike give-aways, as well as bike repair days in which volunteers come into Pitcairn to teach and repair bicycles.

In the spring of 2018 we partnered with the Presbyterian Church of Pitcairn to host a "Blessing of the Bikes" and Strawberry Festival. We have received donations of bicycles from individuals, Monroeville Rotary Club, Grace Presbyterian Church, and Penn Hills Police Department just to name a few.

 Go to our volunteer page if you are interested in helping with this program.

Next Level

Next Level

Next Level is a monthly gathering for retired men. The group gathers at the PitCare Ministry House (549 Second Street) on the second Wednesday of every month. Meetings consist of Board Member Gary Agate making his fantastic pancake and sausage breakfast, and a guest speaker encouraging the group to share their wisdom, strengths, and life experiences with others in our community.

Through this gathering many of the men have not only volunteered throughout Pitcairn, but also in South Carolina, New Orleans, and Puerto Rico, using their gifts and abilities through Disaster Response.

Education

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Summer Reading Programs

Over 1,000 books were initially donated from the Monroeville, PA Library; the library in Prairie Due Rocher, Illinois; PNC Bank and a host of individuals.

During the summer months, we offer community library events where volunteers read books aloud, children participate in crafts and snacks are provided. We eventually hope to have after-school hours for homework and tutoring help.

Watch for details on our 2019 Summer Reading Program!

Tutoring

Tutoring

Education is one of the most effective ways of alleviating poverty.  As we prepare for the opening of the Kim Parsons Library and Community Center, we are looking to make after-school tutoring a major educational asset for Pitcairn. If you can help with tutoring, please visit our volunteer page.

Health and Wellness

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Kids of Steel

PitCare continues to sponsor and coach a Pitcairn team for “Kids of Steel”, an award-winning, free youth physical activity, and nutrition program designed to instill lifelong, healthy habits in over 30 children annually. At the end of the program the "team" participates in the one mile run during the Pittsburgh Marathon.

In 2019 we have over 30 participants training each Tuesday evening at the Propel School Gymnasium and look forward to cheering them on at the Marathon!

Nutrition And Cooking Class

Nutrition & Cooking Class

Penny Zeisloft and Lakeia Burke, two dedicated volunteers, hosted our first nutrition and cooking class in 2017. The ladies had a great time learning how to make smarter food choices for their families as well as cooking techniques to help them make healthier meals at home. At the end of the class, moms were given a large box containing all of the cooking staples needed to continue healthier cooking at home. If you have a passion for nutrition and cooking, please visit our volunteer page.

Community Development

Asset Mapping

Asset Mapping & Need Based Surveying

So what is Asset Mapping? The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says that asset mapping provides information about the strengths and resources of a vital community and can help uncover solutions. Once community strengths and resources are inventoried and depicted in a map, one can more easily think about how to build upon these assets to address community needs. This “mapping” is designed to promote connections or relationships among individuals, organizations, and government.

Covenant College, located outside of Chattanooga Tennessee, has included us in their internship program. During the summer of 2017 our initial intern in residence, Elena,  conducted a needs-based survey that was a valuable tool in developing our future ministry strategy. We plan to continue to provide internship opportunities and we highly value such academic assistance from Covenant College and other interested institutions.