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January Bulletin

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January Bulletin

Read this month’s bulletin to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the start of 2020!

Keystone Positive Action

This fall, Keystone Club members from Sarah Heinz House (SHH) attended the Northeast Regional Keystone Conference in Delaware. As part of SHH’s commitment to Healthy Choices for Life, as well as our implementation of the Positive Action Curriculum ( ) in our programming, members of SHH Keystone Club generated over 250 pledges from peers attending the conference and at SHH promising to stay “drug-free.” We’re proud of the Keystoners who represented us at the conference, both for their commitment to healthy choices and for their leadership!

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

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