The Penn Hills Service Association is a local and unique volunteer organization made up of interested residents of Penn Hills, people working in Penn Hills and people belonging to organizations in the community. The organization was incorporated in 1962 as the Penn Hills Service Association. Since its inception, it has fulfilled a great need in the community and now serves in four main areas:
- Christmas Program
- Convalescent Supplies
1 We have one of the finest food pantries in the area. Thanks to the generosity of the good people of Penn Hills we are able to supply families with a generous and complete assortment of canned goods and staples. We are also one of the few pantries able to issue food certificates to enable the family to purchase a few items not available otherwise.
2 Clothing and household items are donated by residents of the community. Volunteers then sort, size and stock the clothing. The clothing is arranged in departments for men, women, teens and children. The families are invited to come in twice a year, by appointment, to select an adequate supply of clothing for each season. Due to shortages in some areas, it is necessary for us to purchase some items of clothing such as underwear, socks and winter jackets.
3 In December we depend on the generosity of our schools, churches, scouts and service associations to raise money and donate food for our Christmas distribution. We purchase canned goods, produce and bread and each family is given a certificate with which they may purchase meat of their choice. Each child (16 and under) is given a gift card to Target in the amount of $25.00.
4 One of our important functions is the lending of convalescent supplies to any person in Penn Hills who has the need. Available items include hospital beds, wheelchairs, commode chairs, walkers, canes, crutches and many other items. There is no charge for borrowing any of these items, but we do suggest that a donation be made if possible. This enables us to keep our older equipment in good repair and helps us to purchase new equipment when necessary.
The Penn Hills Service Association collection basket is one of the first baskets on the left-hand side of the narthex when walking in the front door. Each month, a different non-perishable is collected. Check the Tidings to see what item will be collected for the following month.