SHIM is based in Bethel Park and runs the in . SHIM is a nonprofit, human services organization that provides family and children services to the suburban poor and to refugee families living in Pittsburgh’s South Hills area. SHIM’s suburban poverty programs include a food pantry, a community clothing closet and financial literacy classes.
SHIM’s programs are designed to serve as a bridge toward self-sufficiency—meeting the emergency needs of the individuals and the families that they serve by providing the resources that they need to attain that self-sufficiency.
During the Twitter drive, St. Clair Hospital will donate 50 cents to SHIM for every retweet of the original St. Clair #Tweet2Help message from the @StClairHospital Twitter account—up to $1,000.
Every $100 donated will provide groceries and household supplies to five families. Every $500 donated will provide for 25 families. Meeting the $1,000 goal of the drive means that 50 families will receive a meal this holiday season.
The drive commences on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and will continue until the $1,000 goal is reached.
Again, all that it takes to help 50 area families this holiday season is to retweet #Tweet2Help, the official hashtag of the campaign, from the @StClairHospital Twitter account, beginning next Tuesday.
Fast Facts from SHIM
- There are approximately 5,000 families living at or below the federal poverty level within SHIM’s service area.
- Almost 13 percent of families in the Keystone Oaks School District live at or below the federal poverty level.
- Four years ago, SHIM’s food pantry served an average of 119 area families each month. Last year, as the number of suburban poor continued to grow, SHIM served an average of 301 families.
- SHIM’s food pantry distributes more than 31,000 pounds of food each month.
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