The East End Edition

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 […]

Annual Report 2016

Dear Friends,

East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) will continue to utilize ministry to end poverty and build opportunity in Pittsburgh’s enclaves of entrenched insufficiency and despair. During the past year, our 46th year, we’ve channeled the power of faith, compassion, and diligence to inspire a caring interfaith community to help
eradicate poverty.

A year ago, budget stalemates in Washington D.C. and Harrisburg wreaked havoc on basic human services. Too many programs floundered or received funding too late to be effective. Too many schools and agencies that directly serve the poor were forced to close their doors, in some cases for good.  The failure to disburse sorely needed funds to aid economically unstable Pennsylvanian’s and those obligated to help them, put millions of children, seniors, families, veterans and other struggling adults at risk of financial collapse, job loss, school failure, and worse.

EECM survived the past year because we received contributions of time and treasure from new friends and longtime supporters. Small volunteer groups, families, congregations, community organizations, and others, prepared, delivered, and served free meals to residents of our shelter facilities. We reached out to business partners and foundations to decrease our reliance on government support.

EECM’s 2016 Annual Report tells our story of constantly hurdling challenges while addressing the symptoms of poverty one person at a time. During the coming year, I humbly ask that you join me and all of EECM’s clients, staff, leadership, and supporters to continue building and celebrating our community of opportunity with wellness, peace and blessings for ourselves, our families, and our community.

Sincerely,
Michael J. Mingrone
President & CEO
Click here for our printed 2016 Annual Report
Click here for our 2016 Annual Report Media Presentation

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, January 15, 2017

Our entire community is cordially invited to the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration sponsored by East End Cooperative Ministry in Honor of Dr. King and held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Admission is free, and everyone in the Pittsburgh area is cordially invited to attend.
Donations of canned goods or other non-perishable food for the EECM Food Pantry are strongly encouraged and will be collected at the door.
Click here to view the official event flyer
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Music begins 3:30pm | Service at 4:00pm
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Chapel
616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh 15206.
Parking available directly behind the chapel.

Green Bean Recall

All EECM Community Lunch participants: Please know that in February EECM received and served green beans that have since been recalled at a national level (you may have seen notices in your grocery store). Once we found out about the recall, we immediately removed and discarded the beans as directed. We sincerely apologize for any illness or inconvenience this  may have caused any of our clients.

If you have any questions, please email Ed Kinley at edk@eecm.org.

 

 

 

2015 Annual Report

EECM’s 2015 Annual Report is now available.

2015 Annual Report

Christmas Eve Community Meal

EECM will host a Christmas Eve meal on Thursday, December 24 from 11:30-2:30pm at Community House.  Everyone is welcome for ham, chicken, roasted potatoes and other delicious food of the season.  If you know someone who will be alone for the holiday, or someone who would enjoy a hot Christmas meal, invite them to attend.  Local groups will sing carols during the meal.  Anyone wanting to help should contact Tracy Hudson at 412-345-7124 or tracyh@eecm.org.  Thank you!

“We want to focus on what it takes to create peace.”

On December 4, EECM organized a candlelight vigil to show community support for an end to violence.  Hundreds of friends, neighbors, family and staff encircled Community House with lit candles while local clergy prayed for peace.  Check out this video to see more.