Nonprofit of the Month: Center of Life Hazelwood

Center of Life Hazelwood

HBT Digital Consulting has long-desired to help and support local charities and nonprofits, and it is our pleasure to welcome HBT Digital’s very first Nonprofit Organization of the Month, Center of Life (COL)! We could not be happier to be supporting such a selfless organization this January.

Center of Life Hazelwood is a “community-empowerment organization” located in Hazelwood, PA, and provides youth and their families with many different skills and training necessary to keep and create a strong community. Kids are welcomed to COL with open arms and a staff that is ready to work hands-on (and masks-on, of course) with them. 

Center of Life is recognized throughout the Pittsburgh community, as the organization has been working on some amazing things this past year.

Helping Hazelwood

  • COL staff have delivered over 175,000 free meals throughout the Pittsburgh community (five days a week) since March. That’s a lot of meals!
  • COL has been hosting a learning community hub for students who do not have a safe, supervised place to complete their online learning. COL staff assists kids throughout the day while they are logged onto their online schooling. This operates Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.
  • COL Jazz and the KRUNK Movement students have been putting on virtual concerts and performances due to social distancing guidelines. Each group has hosted one so far, and they plan to host their second concerts soon!

Center of Life’s Mission Statement: To provide families and youth with the life-skills, education, training, and resources necessary to be strong and to make their communities strong

Center of Life’s Vision Statement: To empower and equip families to bring economic revitalization to their communities

Donations can be made online at its online donate page or by mail at 161 Hazelwood Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15207. For more ways you can support Center of Life Hazelwood, please visit the nonprofit’s donate page.

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RJ Huebert
RJ Huebert is the founder and managing principal of HBT Digital Consulting, a Pittsburgh-based business. A digital marketing professional, he specializes in search engine and social media marketing for B-to-C companies looking for lead generation and online optimization. He is also the co-race director for three Tampa Bay 5K events called The Great Mother’s Day Race, The Great Father’s Day Race, and The Great Gay 5K. The races have had over 12,000 participants and have raised over $7,000 for local charities since 2012. Previously, RJ was the marketing director for a world-wide market research firm, and has held management roles in verticals including healthcare, banking, and for-profit education. Helping local business succeed online is his daily passion, launching 5K events gives him joy, and contributing to the Pittsburgh business scene inspires him. RJ earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Arts from the University of South Florida, focusing on Strategic Communication Management. Currently, he sits on the American Marketing Association Board of Directors - Pittsburgh Chapter. He resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Taylor, chocolate Lab Coco, and a Jack Russel Terrier named Rosie.