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Gifts are in the cards for updated SHIM holiday program

The Almanac – Gift cards often get a bad rap for being impersonal by letting the giver take the easy way out. Don’t tell that to Jim Guffey. The executive director of Bethel Park-based South Hills Interfaith Movement wants to see stacks of the cards coming in to his organization,…...

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For these families in Pittsburgh, teens’ summer jobs make more than just pocket money

PRI’s The World – Sixteen-year-old Vishal Kharel is spending the summer restoring trails in a large county park in Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs. As he digs a ditch, he describes his actions to the other teenagers on the crew. He’s part of the program called Learn and Earn in Pittsburgh. It’s designed…...

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Donations help South Hills Interfaith Movement distribute back-to-school supplies

The Almanac – Summer might not quite be a costumed mascot’s favorite time of year, especially when heat and humidity join forces. But braving the elements must have been worth it for whoever was dressed Monday morning as the title character of the PBS series “Super Why” when seeing the…...

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Volunteers help kids build bicycles at Heinz Field

TribLIVE – Nuriah Blandchard, 10, of McKees Rocks, works on building her bike with volunteer Jenna Stearns (off camera), 21, of South Oakland, during the United Way of Southwestern PA’s fitUnited Build-A-Bike challenge at Heinz Field on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. 100 local students paired up…...

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Free meals available for children in the summer

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Getting a free and nutritious lunch is something that many needy children can count on during the school year. In the summer, however, it can be a different story. In southwestern Pennsylvania, 43 percent of school-age children, or more than 139,000, are eligible for free or reduced-price…...

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Whitehall refugees staging fashion show to share native cultures

TribLIVE —Daruka Nyuon strutted across the dreary, cluttered porch at her Whitehall housing complex in her vibrant purple, orange and green dashiki, a traditional African dress worn in her Sudanese homeland. As she flipped her hair to the side and let out a confident grin, her friends shouted with approval: “Oh,…...

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Refugees excited about growing own produce in SHIM garden in Whitehall

TribLIVE —Rows of lettuce, spinach, beans and pepper seedlings fill several large wooden crates in a vacant parking lot behind the Whitehall Presbyterian Church. The new garden is a pleasant reminder of home for the large population of refugees hailing from Bhutan and Myanmar now living in Whitehall and Baldwin…...

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SHIM Celebrates the South Hills with successful gala fundraiser

South Hills – Mon Valley Messenger – The event, held at the South Hills Country Club, drew 230 people who purchased tickets as part of this fundraiser to participate in an evening of socializing, wining and dining, and – most importantly – supporting SHIM’s initiatives to assist those in the…...

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South Hills Interfaith Movement opens new garden in Whitehall

South Hills – Mon Valley Messenger – South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) staff and volunteers are working to build a brand new garden at Whitehall Presbyterian Church, bringing SHIM’s total garden count to 13. With garden builds occurring throughout this month and next, SHIM anticipates planting will begin late May.…...

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