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March 2020

EECM Donated Items Wishlist

We are committed to staying open and distributing essential meals and groceries to vulnerable individuals during the COVID-19 situation. Our services are needed now more than ever, but we need help to keep up with the increased demand for our services.

Please consider helping out by donating food and goods to EECM. If you need some guidance, listed below are our greatest needs at this moment.


Canned tomato
sauceSpaghetti and
macaroni pastaInstant mashed
potatoesCanned soupsCanned fruits in
waterOatmeal and whole
grain cerealsMac & Cheese
boxesWhite and brown


Ziploc bags, any
sizeNapkinsPaper towelsBrown paper bags,
for bagged lunchesTake out boxes60 gallon trash

We can accept donations at EECM from 8AM-2:30PM, Monday-Friday, at the loading dock on the Harvard Street side of Community House. Ring the bell outside of the door for assistance. Call Nikki Baverso, Community Nutrition Services Manager & Chef at 412-345-7140 for any questions regarding donations.

Please note that EECM WILL NOT ACCEPT expired or opened food items.

East End Cooperative Ministry Adjusts Meals and Food Distribution and Seeks Community Assistance

March 16, 2020

At EECM we have been closely monitoring the changing situation and as of this morning, in accordance with the recommendation of the CDC and the Allegheny County Health Department we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our food insecure clients, staff, volunteers and residents safe as we continue serving community hot meals and groceries through our pantry.

EECM is following the social distancing recommendations from the CDC and The Allegheny County Health Department by implementing the following changes:

Community Lunch:  Our daily community lunch from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. will not be served in our dining room but rather as take-out only.  Volunteers and staff will wear gloves and follow proper handling of take-out meals.  Clients can pick up take-out bagged hot lunches and other food items at Entrance G of EECM’s building.

Food Pantry Distribution: Our food pantry will remain open but clients will not be able to enter the pantry, given social distancing and safety requirements.  Staff and volunteers will fill bags with a variety of food items that will be handed to clients as they arrive.

At this time, because of the increased need for food and meal distribution for those who can’t afford to go to supermarkets to stock up during this health emergency, EECM requests monetary donations to our agency at  As of now, our number of generous volunteers remains adequate but that could change and we thank any and all healthy volunteers for helping us serve our most vulnerable neighbors. If you’re interested in volunteering, go to our website at and click on the volunteer’s registration.

In addition, due to increased need we are also hoping to receive the following donated items:

Bottled WaterCanned tomato sauce, vegetables, beansSpaghetti […]

December 2019

Pamela’s Story

My name is Pamela Jenkins. I first heard about East End Cooperative Ministry in January of 1994.

I was homeless. I just got out of rehab. I wasn’t working. I had nothing until a friend kindly steered me to EECM. Dedicated staff and volunteers helped me with food and shelter and, most important, they helped me regain my self-confidence. They helped me get an apartment. And EECM didn’t stop there.

Miraculously, EECM saw talent and conviction in me. And, they gave me a job. I’ve been clean and sober for 25 years and that’s how long I worked for EECM. 25 years beautiful and successful years of never feeling hopeless again. I started out as a secretary and worked my way up to case management.

Every single day, I saw EECM similarly transform lives of desperation into productive lives of confidence and hope. It was at EECM where I found a spiritual connection –not religious– but spiritual. I witnessed first-hand how individuals from East Liberty, Homewood, Downtown Pittsburgh, Shadyside, Southside and beyond reached independence just like I did.

And over those 25 years, I learned that the successes of EECM wouldn’t be possible without your continued generosity. Trust me. EECM saved my life and will continue to save lives thanks to you.

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

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


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 […]

January 2018

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

“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!


March 2017

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 […]