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Social Services: Help for People in Need
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Crisis hotlines (suicide prevention, domestic abuse, poison control, etc.); emergency housing and shelters; info on government assistance; food pantries; support groups and other resources for people in Pittsburgh who could use a helping hand.

Homeless Services
Help for the homeless population in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities, including food, shelter, clothing, health care, educational, and professional services.

Pittsburgh Hotlines & Helplines
Emergency hotlines for people in crisis and helplines for people who need someone to talk to. 24 hour hotlines include suicide prevention, runaway switchboard, domestic abuse, rape, poison emergency, women's shelter, child abuse, mental health, addiction, and crisis intervention.

Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth & Families
The largest child welfare agency in Western PA, CYF works to protect children from abuse and neglect through a wide range of child protective and family support services.

American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania
A humanitarian organization led by volunteers that provides disaster relief, health and safety services, services for families of Armed Forces, blood donation services and more.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh
Learn how you can get involved in this national youth-service organization based on the concept of creating a one-to-one relationship between an adult volunteer and an at-risk youth.

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Pittsburgh
Catholic Charities cares for and counsels people, regardless of their religious background or ability to pay, in all corners of the six-county Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Father's Resource Center of Pittsburgh
An educationally-based support program founded in Pittsburgh which provides services to help fathers be better parents to their children, including counseling, help with custody and visitation, help with child support, father mentoring services and workshops.

Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh
Provides employment and training services for people with disabilities and other disadvantaging conditions such as welfare dependency, illiteracy, criminal history and homelessness.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
A nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes food and household products to more than 348 soup kitchens, food pantries, women's shelters,homeless shelters, daycare centers, senior centers and youth programs in Southwestern PA.

Hill House Association
A multi-purpose social service agency that has been providing services such as child care, teen pregnancy education and support, senior services and more to residents of the Hill District and the Pittsburgh area for more than 30 years.

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh
Offers counseling and mental health services, vocational services, services for the elderly, scholarships and loans, an adoption center, services for families with special-needs children and community outreach.

Make a Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania
Covering 33 counties in the western half of Pennsylvania and 23 counties in southern West Virginia, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Western Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia and fulfills the special wishes of children under the age of 18 who have a diagnosed life-threatening illness.

Mom's House
Mom's House of Pittsburgh helps single low-income parents complete their education by providing free child care, tutoring, support groups, counseling, and informal classes in parenting skills.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
The Allegheny Westmoreland Beaver chapter of MADD works to stop drunk driving and to support victims of this violent crime.

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
This organization provides help for survivors of sexual violence (crisis intervention, counseling, etc.) and works to educate the Pittsburgh community to prevent sexual violence.

Pittsburgh Aids Task Force
Southwestern Pennsylvania's largest non-profit AIDS service organization dedicated to HIV prevention, education, and client support.

Pittsburgh Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
A state agency that helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and keep competitive employment.

United Way of Allegheny County
United Way improves the quality of life in the Pittsburgh community by supporting programs which nurture children and youth, strengthen families, support older people, promote health & wellness, and increase self-sufficiency.

Vectors Pittsburgh
An organization of young Pittsburgh professionals who organize and participate in a variety of community service projects in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

"Building hope, health, and strength" is the motto of this youth and family organization which provides crisis intervention and a full range of programs to deal effectively with alcohol and other drug problems, runaways, homelessness, behavioral problems, abused and neglected youth, and other family and community difficulties. Locations throughout Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania.

YMCA of Downtown Pittsburgh
Provides many adult and youth programs and services in the Pittsburgh area including subsidized childcare, tutoring programs, education counseling, outreach programs, food pantries, and preventitive health, nutrition and wellness programs.

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