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Bulletin: November 2019

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Bulletin – April 2019

Sneak Peek:

2019 Comcast Cares Day at Sarah Heinz House 

What:  Volunteer for service projects at SHH, help us get some much needed work done. Comcast will provide a free tee-shirt and lunch for all volunteers, and makes a donation to SHH for EACH volunteer who participates!

When:            Saturday April 27th – 8:00 AM till 12 PM Noon

                        Feel free to stop down and help for any period of time.

Where:           1 Heinz Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

                        Come dressed to work!

Who:              Open to all members, families, and friends.

Projects:       Planting the learning garden, creating a pumpkin patch area, weeding, mulching and landscaping, preparing the building for summer programs, cleaning and much more.

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Bulletin – March 2019

Sneak Peek & Congratulations!

Sydney Serena was recently selected as the Sarah Heinz House Youth of the Year!  Sydney competed against 4 other great Youth of the Year Finalists, Mary Doerfler, Jazmine Schon, Aidan Gilson, and Alicia Deets!  Sydney competed againstaslate of her peers at the club level and will be competing at the State competition in April.  The competition will be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this year.

Congratulations, Sydney and good luck at the State competition!

For the full March Bulletin, Click Here

Bulletin – February 2019

Sneak Peek:

Each Program Year, during the month of February, the members of Sarah Heinz House take time to consider others, raising funds and awareness for a fellow non-profit or neighboring organization. This year, our minds, hearts & focus will be with The Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation in Squirrel Hill.

In the wake of the horrific anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27, 2018, Sarah Heinz House members have chosen to honor and remember the victims of the attack by choosing the organization to be the recipient of this year’s Campaign of Others.  By assisting and supporting the victims’ families and helping rebuild the Tree of Life Synagogue we hope to show that Pittsburgh and Sarah Heinz House are “Stronger Than Hate”. Learn more about the Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation at

Many exciting fundraising activities are scheduled to benefit the Campaign for Others. In the bulletin is a schedule of programs including dates, times, and fees for many of this month’s events. Take comfort knowing that by participating in the fun and exciting activities, you are providing resources to benefit other kids and community members.

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In Memoriam, Mr. Chauncey Smith

On December 30th, 2018, longtime Board Member of Sarah Heinz House, Chauncey Smith passed away.

Mr. Smith served the Members of Sarah Heinz House demonstrating the values of Character, Service & Leadership. He made our community more of a home away from home with his smile and kindness. Professionally, he had served the H.J. Heinz Company as well.

His legacy of caring for others will live on. We are grateful for his devotion to the cause of Sarah Heinz House, for the invaluable service in the development of its Members & for guidance rendered through hand & heart to the needs of youth.

We mourn and are saddened by his death. May he rest in peace. We wish his family and friends our sincerest condolences.

Bulletin, January 2019

Sneak Peek:

What’s Your Word for 2019?

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.  -Peter Drucker

As 2018 came to a close, we gathered as a staff for a moment of self-reflection and sharing.  We were charged with the difficult task of identifying ONE Word for the coming year.  We were not to consider our intent for Sarah Heinz House, but rather, for ourselves personally.

Upon reflecting and selecting our individual Word, we then forged our intent onto a piece of jewelry.  Stamping our own Word not only symbolized our commitment to live out our intent for 2019, but also served as a reminder of both the effort and focus it will take to do so effectively.

The best part of the exercise was the sharing out of each person’s Word and why they chose the Word that they did.  Each Word was wonderfully unique and tightly tied to our humanness.  It was both a moment of vulnerability and of strength.

I will not be the spoiler and share my colleagues’ Word choice. I will, however, share my own and encourage you to seek out staff members to engage in discussion about their Word.  You will get a beautiful and honest glimpse into the souls of those who devote themselves to helping our kids to laugh, learn and lead on a daily basis.  So without further ado… 

My Word was “Curious.”   The reason I chose and commit to being Curious in 2019 follows.

If I am curious, then I will keep in mind that every person has a unique path and that we all learn differently. I will meet others where they are and be open to difference.

If I am curious, then I will be open to how relationships serve as wonderful mirrors, allowing me to see myself more clearly.  I will pause in an effort to understand why I am feeling irritated and then, like an oyster, transform such irritation into a pearl of insight and wisdom.

If I am curious, then I will approach the world and life with a child-like wonder.  I will be kinder to myself and far less critical. I will not fear the unknown.  I will take risks.  I will see opportunities as opposed to challenges and will embrace failure as part of the learning process. 

So, we now challenge you to identify your ONE Word for 2019.  We look forward to hearing what you chose!

Happy New Year!

Jennifer Cairns
Executive Director

For the full January Bulletin, Click Here

Gift from The Rite Aid Foundation

This holiday season, The Rite Aid Foundation kindly donated $5,000 to help Sarah Heinz House further our programs to strengthen the emotional and physical well being of our member youth.

“The Rite Aid Foundation wants to recognize and thank Sarah Heinz House as one of our KidCents charities for making a positive impact in their communities and helping to give kids better lives and brighter futures,” said Tracy Henderson,director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives.

THANK YOU Rite Aid for our multi-year partnership in serving our community’s wonderful children.

Bulletin, December 2018

Sneak Peek at December’s Bulletin:

Basketball Leagues

The fee is only $15, for members. The fee for social members is only $30.

Practice/scrimmage times are as follows:

School League: Starters & Prep

  • December 7th – 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

College League: Junior & Intermediates

  • December 8th – 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Pro League/”PICK-UP” Basketball (FREE): Middler, Senior Members & (Active) Adult Volunteers

  • December 8th – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Youth of the Year, Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to this year’s Youth of the Year Semi-finalists. Twelve teen candidates were selected to work with staff on their packet of obstacles and achievements they have faced throughout their lives.  The candidates will be narrowed down to 3-5 finalists over the next two months, and then one candidate will be selected to represent Sarah Heinz House at the State Competition.  Congratulations to Alicia Deets, Mary Doerfler, Victoria Fingal, Aidan Gilson, Domenic Grimm, Nicholas Guy, Achante Myles, Kevin Salipante, Jazmine Schon, Sydney Serena, and Daniel Snow!

To read about last year’s finalists and the Youth of the Year Program, Click Here

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Preparing Kids for Digital Futures

Article from
Posted 11/12/2018 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Partner NewsOpening Doors

Kids today are considered “digital natives” – growing up in a world infused with technology. Thanks to smartphones and tablets, many kids know how to swipe and tap a screen before they develop other essential motor skills. Yet even with all of today’s technology, and as important as digital skills are for future careers, many kids and teens from under-served communities lag behind in technical computer skills. The ability to use a touch screen, for example, does not prepare children with the technical prowess they’ll need for future success in grade and high school, and beyond.

There is a digital divide that separates young people today and it has major implications for how a young person is able to succeed in life. Boys & Girls Clubs and Comcast NBCUniversal want to close this gap by offering opportunities and experiences that can change young lives. One of those experiences is our interactive digital platform, named My.Future, launched by Comcast NBCUniversal in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs in 2014. Comcast NBCUniversal, one of the nation’s largest media and technology companies, was able to provide technology expertise combined with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s leadership in youth development. Available at Clubs nationwide, My.Future provides access to a variety of online digital programs that encourage youth to develop a range of knowledge, skills, and behaviors that are required for success in any 21st-century career.

My.Future helps to elevate important digital and computer competencies, and it does so in a way that excites and captivates young people. With more than 125 activities, Boys & Girls Club members are able to discover new passions or view their current hobbies through a new, digital lens.

Nick G.

For another Boys & Girls Club member, Nick G. of the Sarah Heinz House in Pittsburgh, My.Future was the gateway to photography. The platform gave Nick his first introduction to digital photography, and he was able to experiment with editing techniques using its photo manipulation software. As his digital skills improved, so did his photography. Nick has since auctioned off several of his photos at Boys & Girls Club fundraiser events, and he hopes to pursue a career as a professional photographer.

Nick G. celebrates his national photography award, thanks to photo manipulation and digital photography software available through My.Future.

My.Future has shown Nick how technology and art can come together to create something beautiful. In addition to photography, Nick now experiments with laser wood engraving, which requires sophisticated technical skills.

From advanced photo editing to web development, these two Club members embody the diverse digital skills that My.Future helps foster in our young people.

Whether kids hope to become a teacher, programmer, nurse or photographer, digital skills are essential. With screen time devoted to the development of technical competencies – and a break from the world of endless scrolling – My.Future is helping prepare our kids for successful digital futures.


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