Building Community

Food Pantry

PitCare Food Pantry

Our PitCare Food Pantry provides food for over 130 low-income families in our community every month. Since the beginning of 2016, PitCare provided approximately 94 tons of canned goods, dried goods, meat, produce, dairy, and personal and household necessities to our community. We also provide special packages to families and children throughout the holiday season.

Our pantry partners with local social workers and first responders to assist in emergency situations where food and nutrition are a concern. In addition to emergency food, we often assist new clients with connecting to other local resources that will support their household.

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 easier access to essential services. Not only are we meeting needs in our community, but the food pantry also gives us another opportunity to get to know our neighbors.

Our hours of distribution are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 10 am – 12 pm and the 3rdSunday evening from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. We can be reached at 412-444-8506.

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PitCare Meals on Wheels

Headed by Dan Casey, our dedicated group of volunteers work hard to deliver daily home-cooked, high quality meals directly to the doorsteps of seniors in Pitcairn, Monroeville, Trafford, Level Green, Wall, and Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.

Our volunteers and clients are convinced that our work means so much more than just a meal; it is a commitment to making our community a healthier and happier place for all.

Donations to this program support the operational costs, food necessary to serve the clients, and the dedicated staff committed to serving with excellence.

Gary And Kids

Bicycle Program

PitCare has distributed over 350 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, year-round 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 an annual "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.

We are always accepting bikes in solid condition that might need a tune up. Additionally, donations help to purchase parts and tools used to ensure every bike is safe to ride.

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Summer Learn & Earn

The Learn & Earn Summer Youth Employment Program (Learn & Earn) is a community-wide effort to empower youth and young adults in Allegheny County and in the City of Pittsburgh to gain the skills and experience necessary to become successful members of our region’s workforce.

Learn & Earn is designed to provide meaningful work experience and career exposure to low-income young adults, ages 14-21.
The program seeks to:
· Create a positive and safe work experience for youth
· Increase youth exposure to potential careers, occupations, and critical occupational skills
· Increase youth’s soft skills through work-readiness training tailored to their development stages and learning goals

As an active partner with this initiative, we hire 3-5 students throughout the summer. They work directly with our Director of Operations, Heather Luimes, who works to expose them to all programs, gaining valuable experience that each program has to offer. Toward the end of the summer, each participant goes through the process of building a resume and learning how to showcase their skills to the best of their ability. This program has seen 85% of its participants go on to successfully find a job in within 6 months of the program.

As an added benefit, participants are able to experience firsthand what active community participation can do to uplift others and the community as a whole.

Donations to this program assist in providing protective work gear, the supervisor overseeing and directing this program, and transportation for job searching after the program ends.

Education

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Kids Connect

In 2018 we launched our first summer reading program in the basement of what would become Pitcairn’s first ever lending library. Today it has grown into a much-anticipated summer event that operates during the weekdays for most of the summer. Each week has a different theme where the kids explore various elements of the theme through activities, books, crafts, special guests, and digital media. Our dedicated volunteers actively seek out ways to engage all children and find strengths to build upon.

2020 brought on new challenges of having to move this program online, but we have shifted our program and found new ways to interact with the kids such as delivering craft boxes, online challenges, and digital books.

This program is designed for elementary level children and provides an opportunity for older children to participate by assisting the staff. Donations to this program fund supplies, support operations costs to the building and the program coordinator as the planning for this program is year-round.



Health and Wellness

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FOCUS Beyond the Field

This athletic program works to build structure and confidence through sports for underserved youth. Children are encouraged to set goals and learn how to achieve them. Through the drills and the physical activities, youth are not only staying fit but also learning fundamentals such as timeliness, mental and physical perseverance, teamwork, listening skills, and analytical skills.

Our staff also sees the importance of education and requires participants to maintain a 2.5 GPA. The effort to put a best foot forward in all aspects of life is at the root of this program and we will assist every individual to achieve it.

This program operates in multiple locations depending on the weather from Monday to Friday 6PM – 8PM. Funding for this program will provide equipment, training tools, location fees, special events, and staff.

Kids of Steel Practice

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 50 children annually. At the end of the program the "team" participates in the one mile run during the Pittsburgh Marathon.

We have over 35 participants training each Tuesday evening at the Propel School Gymnasium and look forward to cheering them on at the Marathon!

Donations to this program help fund the gymnasium rental, nutritional snacks, and transportation costs to and from the marathon.



Community Garden

Community Garden

Located on 3rd street and in partnership with the Pitcairn Presbyterian Church, this lot of land is wholly dedicated to growing fresh produce to be distributed through the food pantry or those lacking access to healthy and fresh food.

Due to the open environment and nature of this project, other programs, such as Kids Connect, Summer Learn and Earn, and various community service groups, have been able to take advantage of the lessons or the service to the community it offers.

As we continue to develop this program so that it provides a more bountiful crop, we have managed to include a number of community members in this process. We see this lot as a place where relationships can be built and friendships can be made, all building blocks of a strong community.

Donations to this project support the upkeep of the garden, additional growing structures, watering, and plants to grow.

Community Development