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The East End Edition

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/.

 

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 […]

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 […]

Have a Heart for Hunger 2018

EECM will hold its annual Have a Heart for Hunger Campaign through February and March. Every dollar donated has five times the purchasing power! 

The campaign supports our mission to create a community of opportunity in Pittsburgh and to instill hope in all who experience EECM and helps fund our Community Nutrition Services Program, providing:
-Groceries to over 450 food pantry clients and community lunch participants per month, totaling over 50,000lbs of food per month

-Over 73,000 meals a year for our shelter residents and free, daily community lunch for anyone in need

STORIES OF HOPE:
“If it wasn’t for your lunch program, I would go hungry most of the day. The fruit and sandwiches I get to take home help so much. Thank you very much for everything all of you do!” -Suzie, 47

“Even though I have a job, I still don’t make enough to make all my ends meet. EECM’s food pantry provides me and my family with food to take some of the stress of having to worry where to get that extra helping hand to provide a decent meal for my family, to last every month.” -Teresa, 55

“This pantry has been a great help to me. Each month it helps me stretch my meals- food stamps alone are not enough.” -Annette, 58

Community Nutrition Services requires $3,000 per day to operate:

$500 provides 50 people a week’s worth of
hot meals at Community Lunch
$200 provides a year’s worth of groceries for one family
$50 provides over $250 worth of food
Give the gift of hope and donate today to the
Have Heart for Hunger Campaign.
*We are able to keep our costs so low because of donors like you. Thank you!

#HaveAHeartForHunger2018

Sew Forward

East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) is excited to announce a new opportunity for youth and adults to receive multi-faceted support: Sew Forward, a career development collaboration started in conjunction with RK Mellon, the Pittsburgh Opera, and Bridgeway Capital. This project launched February 2017, providing technical education, access to professional machines, jobs, entrepreneurship training, and more, for exploring careers in the employment-diverse fields of sewing, tailoring and fashion design. With the help and grant from RK Mellon, we were able to get Sew Forward off the ground.
EECM has built-out and equipped production and training space for a sewing suite set to industry standards. The program will train participants in fundamentals, costuming, and design. In addition, we will help them grow educationally, teach soft skills, show them how to start a business, use the Etsy curriculum, and provide resources for them to fulfill an order or hold a job, once they gain proficiency.
EECM will build relationships with local performance, clothing, and retail companies. Contracts will be filled by EECM, once we train and establish a core of individuals to become a part of our business production line.
Our sewing classes take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and members participate in a ten week session. When they have completed the program, participants will receive a portfolio and join a community of makers in the Pittsburgh community, putting them in the best position to find work in the textile industry, where modern day skills are hard to find. Participants will have access to all EECM resources, including case management. We will also help them build and document their work history and obtain employment. Sew Forward can act as a launching pad for an individual’s first job and their next […]

EECM Growing Program

East End Cooperative Ministry is reaching out to individuals and congregations in our community to be a part of EECM’s Growing Program!
We will be expanding our capacity to offer healthy fruits and vegetables to our Pittsburgh neighborhoods who do not have access to fresh produce. To become a member of the Growing Program, individuals and congregations like yours commit to donate at least 30% of the growth in their community gardens to EECM clients and programs.
Join our program today and be a part of the solution of local food deserts!
Contact Kate Branagan at kateb@eecm.org to sign up.

Have a Heart for Hunger 2017 Campaign

What do you do when you’re hungry? Check your fridge for leftovers? Grab your favorite snack from the pantry? Run to the grocery store? Unfortunately, many people in our community don’t have those options.
 Your gift to our Have a Heart for Hunger Campaign will help us serve over 1,100 hot meals per week in our Community House Kitchen, and give 450 families over 30lbs of groceries each month from our Food Pantry. This year, we received a letter from a first time client:
“When I initially looked at my empty cupboards and refrigerator I panicked and my anxiety levels rose through the roof.  Once I was referred to you I started a process of having to get over the pride I had with asking for and getting assistance.  The moment I walked into the food the volunteers, and you made me feel comfortable and welcomed, and as a result, alleviated my shame and hesitation in turning to you. I am so grateful for your help.  I have never cried getting groceries and food; I cried out of relief and gratitude most of my way home.”
Community Nutrition Services requires $3,000 per day to operate:

$250 buys ten people a week’s worth of hot meals at Community Lunch
$200 provides a year’s worth of groceries for one family

Will you open your heart for those who are hungry and make a gift that will put dinner on the table for hundreds of families? Be their lifeline with a gift during the Have Heart for Hunger Campaign.

EECM’s Response to Water Advisory

Last night, East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) learned of a water advisory affecting our neighborhood. Over 100,000 Pittsburgh residents are currently under this advisory and in an abundance of caution are being asked to flush and boil water before drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation. EECM took immediate action to ensure that our services remain open, accessible, and safe for our community. Our community lunch is available as normal, packed in bags with fresh bottled water for anyone in need. We thank the volunteers every day, but especially today to ensure uninterrupted service to our community.

East End Cooperative Ministry is pleased to be partnering with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to distribute clean water to those in need. We will be working together to ensure access to clean water to the affected neighborhoods and anyone in need is encouraged to utilize this resource. EECM will be accepting donations of bottled water from anyone with the ability to give. We will be open for both collection and distribution this weekend, February 2-5, 2017 at the following times: Thursday- Friday from 8:30AM-4:30PM and 7:00-9:00PM & Saturday-Sunday from 10:00AM-4:00PM. Additionally, EECM is offering free community meals this Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5, from 12:00-1:00PM. It is our mission and 47 year legacy to respond to community needs with opportunities and resources.

The community kitchen serves hot lunches every Monday through Friday, from 12:15 to 1:00PM. This community meal is provided free of charge to all who are in need, although donations are welcomed! Anyone in need of a meal, clean water, or more information is welcomed to join us.

Location: Collection and distribution will both be available on the loading dock on Harvard Street. The […]