PMB’s Great Big Guide to Giving Tuesday 2017 | #GivingTuesday


The community throughout Western Pennsylvania is supported by these groups and organizations and could use your help and support! 

Please think of them this holiday season and especially on #GivingTuesday. 

Open up your hearts and your wallets, volunteer your time, and support these community programs and assistance for individuals and families.

These organizations range from the arts to community outreach to animal help to disability assistance. They are listed in alphabetical format and include the website which will help find the best way to donate your money or volunteer opportunities. to community outreach to disability assistance. They are listed in alphabetical format and include the website which will help find the best way to donate your money or volunteer opportunities.

Thank you for your help and have a wonderful holiday season!

  • American Red Cross (click here)
    • The American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania helps those in need during disasters. They provide community preparedness classes to help prepare for disasters too. Along with disaster relief, they provide support for military families, health and safety training, blood drives, and service to international relief.

  • Animal Friends (click here)
    • This non-profit organization leads the charge in ending overpopulation, abuse and unwarranted euthanasia of animals throughout Western PA. Animal Friends shelter animals in order to find them good homes as well as educating the communities about care for animals.

  • Beaver County Humane Society (click here)
    • “The mission of the Beaver County Humane Society is to protect all domestic animals by providing shelter and care; adoption services; investigation, correction or prosecution of cruelty or abuse situations; education programs; and promotion of the concepts of kindness and respect for all living creatures throughout Beaver County.” (from the Beaver County Humane Society Mission Statment)

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County (click here)

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit mentoring program. The programs provide at-risk kids from low-income families to have the guidance and one-to-one relationship with adult mentors.  These relationships help build positive outlooks for the future of those children.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh (click here)

    • With Big Brothers Big Sisters children ages 6-18 with single-parent families in low-income households can find mentors with adult volunteers. These volunteers help build strong, healthy relationships and help children on the path to a positive well being.

  • Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong (click here)

    • AFB works to help those who are blind or visually impaired to have no barriers or limits in the world around them. Advocating for changes in policies and practices they help those who are blind or visually impaired to create better and more accommodating workplaces, schools and communities.

  • Building Bridges for Businesses (click here)

    • The Building Bridges organization helps provide community businesses with programs to help in educating and empowering. They provide programs such as; Live and virtual business education; Coffee with film series on CBS/KDKA digital; Ucan B career education program for 6th-12th grade students; and Building the Bridges across the business and workforce ecosystem.

  • Catholic Charities (click here)

    • Regardless of faith, the Catholic Charities of Diocese of Pittsburgh helps anyone in their time of need. Whether it be employment, disaster, health care, homelessness, pregnancy assistance this non-profit will step in as a guide and aid those in need.

  • Comtra Theater (click here)

    • The Comtra Theater company in Cranberry Township is a year-round live performance company! They have performances with local volunteer actors and provide diverse and inclusive programs and shows for the community.

  • Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center’s Elders’ Program (click here)

    • The Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center helps support Native American individuals and families throughout the Pittsburgh region. They support the community through a head start/early head start and pre-k programs for children and families. They work with their elder community to help with outreach programs, recreation and activities, counseling and an emergency food bank. This non-profit also put together their cultural program for an annual Pow Wow.

  • Crisis Center of Lawrence County (click here)
    • The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County helps those who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes. The group provides an education and training in helping to prevent violence and abuse. This non-profit provides a shelter and programs for victims in need.
  • Fred Rogers (click here)
    • The Fred Rogers Company mission is: ” The Fred Rogers Company strives to build on Fred Rogers’ legacy by creating quality children’s media that models an enthusiasm for learning and earns the trust of parents and caregivers.” (from the about us page)

  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (click here)

    • Pittsburgh’s community food group who work as a member of Feeding America. They work hard to make sure there is not a hungry family throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.

  • Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (click here)

    • As a national leader in adult education and family literacy, the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council helps bring programs to the communities throughout the Pittsburgh area! They provide programs for those individuals in need of; Basic Skills (reading, writing, and math), Preparation for high school equivalency diploma, English as a second language (ELLs), Immigrant Services and Connections, Workplace skills development, Workforce preparation, Families for learning, Computer skills training, Health literacy, AmeriCorps, and Oasis inter-generational tutoring.

  • Homeless Children’s Education Fund (click here)
    • “The mission of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, guiding them to be productive, empowered citizens. As a national model for addressing the educational needs of unstably-housed children and youth, HCEF leads a collaborative effort among regional partners by providing educational programs and services in Allegheny County and advocating for policy and system improvement.” (from the about us page)


  • Homemaker-Home Health Aide of Beaver County, Inc. (click here)

    • The Homemaker Home Health Aide organization aides the elderly and younger adults with disabilities in their own home throughout Beaver County! They provide services and support for those individuals so that they may remain in their home and remain independent. They will provide daily activities such as, but not limited to: bathing, dressing, taking medications, eating, walking, housekeeping, meals, laundry, shopping, and socialization.

  • In-Stride with Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (click here)

    • This non-profit group provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. This organization also provides therapeutic riding for those who are surviving cancer. In-stride is also working with Horses4Heroes in helping servicemen/women find barns to provide the therapy.

  • Lifesteps (click here)

    • Lifesteps is a non-profit agency who works with the communities throughout Western Pennsylvania. This organization provides help to those with or without special needs, seniors, children, families, and adult. Their organization provides developmental screenings, autism screenings, Early Education Centers, day programs, community homes, and behavioral support services.

  • Little Free Pantry – Aliquippa HOP Lutheran (click here)

    • In Aliquippa there is a small Cabinet outside that is a place for the community to donate and receive food. The continuation of this program is due to the community

    • helping stock and supply the community. There are more of these little free pantries popping up within the neighboring town of Hopewell and throughout the area as people note its success.

  • Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia (click here)

    • “The Make-A-Whish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy in 57 Pennsylvania counties and West Virginia.” (From the Greater PA and WV Make A Wish about us)

  • McGuire Memorial (click here)

    • A non-profit who focuses on serving individuals who are physically and developmentally challenged. They are located in Western Pennsylvania and caring for these individuals in their school, care facility, community homes, day programs and employment option center.

  • Network of Hope (click here)

    • Working with families and individuals within the Pittsburgh area, this non-profit provides help and support for those who are “marginalized by hardship”. This organization wants to provide long-lasting change within the community. They provide a food bank, recovery meetings, financial coaches, employment coaches and support groups.

  • North Hills Community Outreach (click here)

    • Throughout Allegheny County, the North Hills Community Outreach helps those who are in need after a moment of crisis, hardship, and poverty.This is free assistance to those in need and they are able to provide programs such as, but not limited to; a food pantry, utilities and emergencies, WorkAble employment services, Smart Investments for Women, Senior programs, and Legal and Tax preparation help.

  • NPR Pittsburgh (90.5 WESA) (click here)

    • “Our mission is to work for the public to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create a dialog about community issues and stories. As southwestern Pennsylvania’s only independent public radio news and information station, we give voice to provocative ideas that foster a vibrant, informed, diverse and caring community.” (As shared in  About Us)

  • Parents in Toto Autism Resource Center (click here)

    • A non-profit group that helps individuals and their families, no matter the age, who live with autism. As a resource center, they are a place for the individual and family to find support and unique programs.

  • Phipps Conservatory (click here)

    • The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a beautiful place that provides a rich atmosphere and variety of plants to view and learn about. They advocate for the importance of plants and environmental concerns.

  • Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital (click here)

    • The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh provides world-class care to the local and international community. They work hard at improving their care for children through research and teaching. Alongside the care within their hospital, they also provide community care through their sites within different areas and through community outreach programs.

  • Play It Forward Pittsburgh (click here)

    • A local non-profit group who collect gently used toys for children ages 0-16. The group then shares these toys with families in need. This year at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (and other locations throughout the Pittsburgh area) during the week of December 11th the group will be taking donations from 9am to 9pm filling the entire bottom floor of the Convention Center. On Saturday, December 16 there is a “free” toy Drive where families can come and take home toys and books for free. Please donate toys, white garbage bags, gallon Ziploc bags, packing tape, boxes and monetary donations. You can help through their link on Paypal to help in covering operating expenses.

  • Stage 62 (click here)

    • Stage 62 is a non-profit theater company in Carnegie, PA. They provide shoes for the community and children’s theater. They create affordable and quality theater for families and individuals of all ages. The theater features artists from the community and provides volunteer opportunities for those to learn more about the theater arts and production. Every fall they raise money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and throughout the year provide an outreach program to the youth of the community.

  • The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center (click here)

    • Promoting the health and well-being of infants and children the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh provides programs to meet the needs of the community. They provide the programs to assist in adoption and Child’s way; along with their pediatric specialty hospital and the Lemieux Family Center.

  • The Peal Center (click here)

    • Helping those with disabilities and special health care needs is the focus of this non-profit group. They provide education, empowerment programs and a are a community resource for disabled and special health care needs individuals and families.

  • The Salvation Army (click here)

    • Do you hear those bells ringing outside with the red cans? Take a moment to donate to a non-profit organization that provides food, care, education and worship centers throughout western PA to help families and individuals.


  • Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (click here)

    • Supporting the Pittsburgh area, the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh helps is providing safety, shelter, and support to all victims of domestic violence. Their commitment to helping protect the safety and well-being of victims as well as prevent violence is evident through their push for social change. They provide victims with supportive services from experts with a 24-hour hotline, emergency family shelter, legal advocacy, domestic violence support groups and more.

  • Young Men and Women’s African Heritage Association (click here)

    • From the Young Men & Women’s African Heritage Association website: “Young Men and Women’s African Heritage Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging the Pittsburgh community through culture, arts, music and education programs. YMWAHA believes in the importance of arts and music education. Our arts-centered programs were developed to empower Pittsburgh’s children with a sense of determination and accomplishment. It is our hope that our programs will allow for personal growth, creative expression, and social change.