Thought leadership

From Refugee to College Student: The Five Greatest Lessons We Learned at SHIM

It is hard to imagine where each of us would be today if it weren’t for SHIM. Would one of us be in love with software development and another preparing for nursing school? SHIM opened windows of possibility that we didn’t even know existed – helping us to discover a…...

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Food Drives Can Save Lives – Top Five Tips for Successfully Operating a Food Drive

So, you’ve made the decision to help combat hunger in your community and want to hold a food drive. Great choice! From the outside, it may seem like a lot of work, but I promise, with a thoughtful plan and a committed team you can completely enhance people’s lives and…...

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Good People: Times change, but some things in the South Hills don’t.

In my 50 years of living in the South Hills, I’ve seen many changes. Our community has faced challenging times and prosperous ones. We’ve grown older. And we’ve welcomed neighbors from across the world. Through this change one thing has remained the same: the people of the South Hills step…...

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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 in unique ways. SHIM hosts events throughout the year for volunteering, but outside of SHIM and even just in your home, there are countless other ways for young people 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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