Thought Leadership

What makes a successful leader?

Leadership is a skillset and a gifting that has been applied to different persons throughout the course of human history. We each encounter various leaders in the different aspects of our lives. We can each name the leaders in our communities, our churches, our workplaces and even our homes. Each…...

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Back-to-School: Tips to save and ways to help

As a parent with small kids, a friend of many other parents with children of their own, and the director of programs at SHIM, I know firsthand the struggles families face as summer comes to a close and school is in full swing almost immediately. On top of just the…...

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The power of kids giving back

Kids can make a difference, too. Many parents look for ways for their children to give back to their communities, but finding time during the busy school year and identifying child-friendly volunteer opportunities can be a challenge. With warmer weather and a more relaxed schedule, summer vacation always seems to…...

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50 Years of SHIM: The top three biggest changes in the South Hills

A lot can change in 50 years. In 1968, South Hills Interfaith Movement was known as ‘South Hills Ministry in the Mall’ and consisted of a small makeshift operation in the newly developed South Hills Village. With the opening of the organization, many needs were realized, and we quickly outgrew…...

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Why food pantries are especially important during the winter

It’s hard to believe there are people in our community who are going to bed hungry. In a community with some of the area’s best school districts, there are 4,000 children in the South Hills that qualify for free or reduced lunches. Believe it or not, suburban poverty is increasing…...

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Six ways to give like a grantmaker

Many neighbors in the South Hills are fortunate enough to meet their families’ needs and maybe even have some expendable income to help their community. Others in our area might not be so lucky. It’s good to take the time to consider how you can impact your community if your…...

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How summer learning can prepare your kid for back to school

Summer is a time of sun, fun, and no school! But just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean the learning should stop. During the summer months, learning loss among children, especially in low-income neighborhoods, can cause kids to fall behind. According to the National Summer Learning Association, about two-thirds of the…...

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Our neighbors: The top five things you might not know about refugee families

While the refugees in our community have faced challenges and overcome battles that are seemingly incomprehensible, just like each of us, they are working hard every day to build the best life possible for their families and children. Whether it’s through counseling, child care, group discussions, financial planning and more,…...

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Volunteering: Why you should make time to give back

Time is something of which I never seem to have enough. Our family is busy. Like so many families today, my husband and I both work long hours in full-time jobs. We are blessed with two terrific young daughters, a dog, a house, a yard, lots of extended family, and…...

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Why nonprofit organizations are important and why their boards need you

If you Google the words “nonprofit organization,” multiple definitions will appear. But they will all define a nonprofit as: an organization whose purpose is something other than making a profit and that exists to further a particular social cause or advocate for a particular issue. Nonprofit organizations do not have…...

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