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October 2019

EECM Coat Drive NEW DATES

We are extending the Coat Drive in order to collect more coats to distribute in the community.

WE NEED MORE COATS!

Until November 8, drop off your new and gently used coats at Strong II Dry Cleaners. They will clean the coats and then transport them to EECM. We can accept the coats at the following locations:

Homewood
7620 Frankstown Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Downtown
310 Grant St #104,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

If you are in need of a new winter coat, stop by EECM Community House to pick one up. Coats will be available on the dates below.

Coat Drive Distributions Dates:

Thursday, November 14: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday, November 15: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday, November 16: 9:00am – noon

September 2019

East End Cooperative Ministry Kicks Off Online Voting Today for Aetna Voices of Health Competition

East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) announced today that it is a finalist in Aetna’s 2019 Voices of Health, a competition and celebration of grassroots non-profit organizations across the country that are working to address social determinants of health in their communities. Online voting will be available to the public between September 9 – October 13 at www.aetnavoicesofhealth.com.

All organizations participating in this year’s Voices of Health competition, including EECM, were selected in April, during a public nomination period.

Aetna will award $20,000 to the organization that receives the most online votes in its market. Participating markets include: Atlanta; Central Pennsylvania; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Detroit; Fresno, CA; Houston; Inland Empire, CA; Jacksonville, FL; King County, WA; Los Angeles; Louisville, KY; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Santa Clara, CA; South Florida; and Tacoma, WA.

Carole Bailey, EECM President and CEO comments, “EECM’s public nomination for this award is reaffirmation of the value we know that the community sees in the work we do—we hear it every day from our clients, community partners, neighbors and more.  We are known for the highly personal approach we take with every individual who comes through our doors. Respect, hope and dignity are at the core of what we care about.”

Campaigning for Votes

The Aetna “Voices of Health” website will feature a one-minute video from each organization describing how the prize money would help it further its mission. Organizations will be able to advocate for votes in different ways, including sharing their videos through social media and other communication channels.  An individual may vote every day between September 9 – October 13.

To learn more about Voices of Health or to vote, visit http://www.aetnavoicesofhealth.com/.

 

July 2019

Brandin’s Story

 

My first association with EECM began when my mother started working for the organization through the AmeriCorps program. At the time, I was just an innocent and carefree three-year-old who was always happy and smiling. Of course, at that age I did not know what shape my future was going to take or what difficult challenges I would face.
Growing up, I never had my biological father in my life.
I have only seen him a handful of times over my 23 years. Sadly, this is a common experience among my African-American male peers. However, with the support of EECM and the male mentors I had there, I was able to stay away from living a dangerous life and initiate a positive path for myself. I am proud and privileged to call these mentors father figures.
Rev. Leonard has been teaching me valuable lessons in so many aspects of my life.
One of those men that I look up to through this very day is Rev. Darnell Leonard, EECM’s Program Director for Children and Youth Services. Since I first came to know him as a young child, he has been teaching me valuable lessons on not only what it means to be a man of God, but also how to become a leader and to grow in so many aspects of my life.

I learned so much through EECM youth groups. Since 1999, I have been a part of the Camp as both a camper and counselor. Being a camper was a blessing because I was able to learn how to grow in life despite my challenging personal circumstances. As a Camp counselor, I led and taught a younger generation to be their very best, no matter their own […]

June 2019

Google Serves at EECM

 

Thank you Google for sending us your Googlers to volunteer with us at EECM in our Food Pantry and Community Kitchen! GoogleServe, which is Google’s month long campaign during which Googlers volunteer in their community, spent the day at EECM with EECM’s Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Hudson and EECM’s Chef Nicole Baverso for a day of service.

“I love having the opportunity to walk down the street from Bakery Square to volunteer for an organization that is such a force of good,” said Jonathan Harbuck, a software engineer for Google.

“We are delighted to have Google here at EECM to support our vital volunteer efforts for our Community Nutrition Services Program which serves Pittsburgh and the many who are in need of a hot meal and good nutrition,” said Carole Bailey, EECM’s President and CEO.

EECM Stories: Pamela Jenkins

Congratulations Pamela Jenkins on your retirement! Pamela devoted 25 years of her career to helping others reclaim their lives. Please take a moment and listen to Pamela’s story to hear about her journey of transformation, and the profound impact she has had on so many at EECM and beyond. Thank you Pamela Jenkins for your extraordinary service and dedication to EECM. You will be missed.

“Pam has been a devoted employee and has shown how people when given the chance can make a difference in their lives and the lives of their family.  We wish Pam the best in her retirement and we appreciate her years of hard work and dedication.”
— Carole Bailey, President & CEO
“Pam has dedicated the past 25 years of her life here at EECM helping those, especially women, who are battling addiction. She has had a tremendous impact on the lives of many people and no doubt will continue to do so even as she moves into the next chapter of her story. She is truly one of a kind.”
— Rev. Kellie Wild, IMPACTS Program Director

EECM Joins in Celebration of Opening of Tryp by Wyndham in Pittsburgh

 

Pittsburgh, PA – EECM’s CEO & President Carole Bailey along with EECM’s Sewing Program Manager Hannah Moon joined in the June 6th celebration of the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the TRYP BY WYNDHAM located in the former Washington Education Center in Lawrenceville. The 108-room boutique hotel, which has deep neighborhood roots, was built into the former 150-year-old school building, which is perched at the base of Pittsburgh’s 40th Street Bridge, and has magnificent views of the city from its roof top restaurant Over Eden.

The TRYP BY WYNDHAM is Pittsburgh’s first art hotel and features art by over 30 local artists. EECM is proud to be a featured artist as it created the aprons for the hotel’s culinary staff. Amongst the programs and services that EECM provides, EECM helps people who have barriers to employment by providing them with training in the textile industry through its sewing program. Geoff Ballotti, President & CEO of WYNDHAM Hotels and Resorts, and Anthony Emanuelo, VP of TRYP Brand and International Operations, flew in for this special event and delivered remarks to invited guests, artists and the press. “The contributions that the new TRYP BY WYNDHAM brings to Lawrenceville and our great City of Pittsburgh are highly significant. EECM is delighted to be a part of this exciting destination that is reflective of Pittsburgh’s history, art and people,” said Carole Bailey, EECM’s President & CEO.

For nearly 50 years, East End Cooperative Ministry has been a community leader at the forefront of working to address issues impacting our area’s most at-risk, disadvantaged, and underserved populations; and implementing programs to help them become self-sufficient. From its inception, East End Cooperative Ministry was established through an interfaith coalition of […]