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Please click on the links below to see more information about organizations within our township:

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh has begun accepting applications for two new programs designed to help low income homeowners with repairs to their property.

"A Brush with Kindness" assists families with minor repairs to the exteriors of their homes. Activities covered under this program include painting, minor roof repairs, window repair or replacement, handicap ramp repair, mending fences and other volunteer-friendly activities.

Habitat's Weatherization program assists families struggling with the cost of high utility bills. Habitat conducts an in-home energy audit to identify energy inefficiencies, which are then corrected through repairs and renovations to the home. The repairs result in lower utility bills and may increase the safety or air quality of the home.

For both programs, volunteer labor allows Habitat to offer repairs at a very low cost to homeowners. The fundraising efforts of Fox Chapel Area School District has enabled Habitat to target funds specially for homeowners living in the six boroughs served by FCASD; Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, Indiana, O'Hara and Sharpsburg.

Habitat is also accepting applications for its homeownership program. Low-income families in need of affordable housing may be eligible to become homeowners through Habitat for Humanity. Partner families have interest-free mortgages and have no down-payment on their home.

Applications can also be found online at www.pittsburghhabitat.org

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Fox Chapel Garden Club

Fox Chapel Garden Club, founded in 1931, is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. The Fox Chapel Garden Club’s mission is to further the appreciation and knowledge of gardening and the use of plants and to study, support, and protect the natural resources in the local area and beyond.

Fox Chapel Garden Club is pleased to announce "Glitter and Glow" our major fundraising event of the year which benefits area conservation groups and educational organizations including the Aspinwall Riverfront Park, Lauri Ann West Community Center in O’Hara Township, renewal planting of native plants at Trillium Trail, the monarch waystation and welcome garden at the Cooper-Seigel Community Library, the Fox Chapel Borough Parks Commission, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, the St. Margaret Foundations’ “Garden of Hope” and other deserving organizations.

Check out the event flyer for "Glitter and Glow" the garden club's Holiday fundraiser or visit www.foxchapelgardenclub.org for more information on the garden club and their events..

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Meals on Wheels

Aspinwall Meals on Wheels has been dedicated to helping members of the Fox Chapel Area School District for 40 plus years and has served over 400,000 meals. We receive no government funding; our only income is derived from customer fees and generous donors. Our mission is to ensure that our customers have access to adequate nutrition and peace of mind, so they are able to live healthier lives in their own homes. We prepare and deliver fresh meals five days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Did you know that for as few as three hours a month you can become a volunteer? Join an amazing organization, make new friends, and help make our community a better place. For more information, to sign-up, donate or volunteer, please call 412-820-8350 or visit www.aspinwallmealsonwheels.org.

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Fox Chapel District Association

The Fox Chapel District Association is a community-sponsored organization that supports Fox Chapel, Aspinwall, O'Hara, Sharpsburg, Blawnox, Indiana, and Harmar. The FCDA plans and implements projects to enhance and beautify the community but which are not taxpayer funded. The FCDA Board is comprised of 21 of your friends and neighbors from the communities serviced by the association who serve three-year terms. The FCDA is committed to enhancing the quality of life in this area that we call home.

If you are not a member, use this as your chance to join an organization that is committed to enhancing the quality of life in our area. For an annual fee of only $35 per family, you can join the FCDA by sending your name and annual fee to PO Box 111595, Pgh., PA 15238. To further explore what FCDA is all about or to join please visit www.foxchapeldistrictassociation.org.

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Camp Guyasuta

Camp Guyasuta is owned and operated by the Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America. This beautiful property consists of 175 acres located in O'Hara Township and Sharpsburg. The camp dates back to 1918 when it was donated by Mrs. Darlington, the great granddaughter of General O'Hara.

The facility includes the McGinnis Education Center, a full service conference center building that includes a dorm facility along with four other buildings, six program shelters, campfire arena, swimming pool with spray ground, basketball court, volleyball court, 1/2 mile handicap accessible nature trail complete with signs about the history, flora, fauna, animals and geology. The Rohr Challenge Center teaches both youth and adults team work, conflict resolution, problem solving, leadership, self esteem building, trust and learning about each other. The high ropes course also has a 50' climbing and rappelling tower. The Challenge Course and Climbing Tower are handicap accessible.

The swimming pool is open to the public and is used by many organizations. The camp also offers other programs including a canoe & cycle program. Participants canoe from Sharpsburg to either Millvale or PNC Park then they bike back to Camp Guyasuta using the riverfront trail.

Throughout the camp you will see a variety of wildlife and birds. While hiking through the camp you get the experience of being in the wilderness while being only a few miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

For more information on facilities and programs available at Camp Guyasuta, please visit www.campguyasuta.org.

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Fox Chapel Area Land Trust

The Fox Chapel Area Land Trust plays a central role in conserving our community's natural heritage. Since 1978, we have been actively acquiring and preserving properties in their natural condition. The Land Trust has grown to become the third largest landholder in the Squaw Run Watershed.

The Land Trust is responsible for more than 200 acres throughout O'Hara Township, Fox Chapel Borough, and Indiana Township. Uniquely, our holdings consist of properties and conservation agreements (easements) that literally serve as oases for our region's animals, birds and flora, and protect the sights and sounds that we associate with our home.

O'Hara Township continues to be a focus. The Land Trust already holds a number of properties in O'Hara Township and is interested in identifying and securing additional properties and conservation agreements (easements). As the Township grows, it is increasingly important to protect green space and sites of ecological importance for future generations.

As stewards of the land and executors of generously donated properties, the Land Trust volunteers and Board of Directors are fully committed to respecting these gifts by shielding these properties from encroachment, maintaining these sites in a natural state, combating invasive species and litter, and adding additional land holdings that complement existing sites.

In addition to preserving our environment for future generations, land donations may qualify grantors with significant income, estate, capital gains, or gift tax savings.

If you are interested in learning more about the Fox Chapel Area Land Trust, the benefits of land trusts and conservation, and how you can support the organization, please visit our website at www.fcalt.org.

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Fox Chapel Newcomers' Club

The Newcomers' Club is open to residents of the Fox Chapel Area School District who have lived in the area for five years or less.

Meetings are held from September through May on the second Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Upcoming dates for 2015 / 2016 are September 11, October 9, November 13, December 4*, January 8, February 5, March 11, April 8, May 13*.

Meetings are held at Beechwood Farms, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. *Location TBA for these meetings and there is a fee to attend.

Visit our website at www.FoxChapelNewcomers.org or our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/FoxChapelNewcomers for more information.

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American Association of University Women

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, philanthropy, education, and research. The Fox Chapel Area branch holds its monthly meetings and programs at 9:30 a.m. at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Chapel from September through May on the second Tuesday of each month. The meetings are free and open to any interested person. In addition to the monthly meetings, the branch offers members a wide variety of interest groups as well as numerous opportunities for community service involvement. For more information go to www.aauwfoxchapelareapa.wordpress.com.

For childcare during the meeting, call the Presbyterian Church at (412) 963-8243 and speak to Little Blessings, a curriculum-based program for 1-5 year olds at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church to ask if space is available. Reservations are a must.

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Parent Advocates for Learning Support (PALS)

PALS is a support group for parents and caregivers of children with learning differences formed by a few parents who recognized the need to share information and resources.

We invite you to attend our monthly meetings. Meetings often include a guest speaker to discuss the special education process, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and implementation issues, legal and educational rights, and other educational resources and options available. We discuss successes, problems and concerns in the classroom. We provide an opportunity to meet with parents and caregivers who understand and can offer some insight, ideas and support.

Details about upcoming meetings can be found on the PALS website at www.palsinfo.org . For additional information please e-mail: palsfcinfo@gmail.com .

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Aspinwall Toastmasters

Aspinwall Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. We are a chartered, award-winning Toastmasters International club.

Toastmasters International founded in 1924, is a proven product, regarded as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development . Toastmasters International helps more than 352,000 members in 141 countries communicate effectively and achieve the confidence to lead others.

For more information about Toastmasters and our club, please visit:

Aspinwall Toastmasters meet every Tuesday evening from 6:30 - 8 pm in O'Hara Township at the UPMC Lighthouse Pointe Village at Chapel Harbor.

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