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Sarah Heinz House Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Boys & Girls Clubs, Children & Youth

Mission: To empower all youth, especially those who need us most, to Laugh, Learn and Lead.

Results: We are a Boys & Girls Club that serves over 1,000 youth every year & have received multiple awards in character and youth development. We have a proven track record of giving members the skills they need to achieve personal growth and develop into leaders. Mentoring is the cornerstone of every program we offer.

Programs: after school & summer robotics tutoring swimming art music dance sports leagues fitness

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Sarah Heinz House for many years now. I have watched young people grow into amazing young adults with the help of the caring staff. Sarah Heinz House is a safe haven for many children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sarah Heinz House has made a significant impact on my life both as a child and as an adult. This wonderful institution played a vital role in making me into the person I am today by teaching me the values of cooperation, community, generosity, dedication, and communication, amongst many others. Whether it was the guidance of the volunteers or the bonds that I made with fellow members, I always knew that I had a place at Heinz House with people who cared. Into my adult life, Heinz House has continued to make an impact on my life as I have become a volunteer. I still look forward to all of my time that I get to spend at the house and the ability to make an impact on an organization that is such an important addition to the city of Pittsburgh and the North Side.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Sarah Heinz House has been providing a safe place for children to laugh, learn and lead for over 100 years. It is a second home to many at risk children and a place where they are accepted for who they are, as they are. Here they are safe to be themselves secure in the knowledge that they are being surrounded by caring volunteers and staff. Children here are free to explore, learn and grow in ways they would otherwise not be able to experience. It has and continues to positively change young lives in our region. I am proud to be a part of supporting the organization and its mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Every year I am more and more impressed by the quality of the staff and services at Sarah Heinz House. In addition to its core after school Boys and Girls Club programs, the Club provides services to the elderly through Silver Sneakers, to the very young through summer day camp and swimming lessons, and to a variety of other populations from throughout the city. Heinz House and its staff are truly remarkable assets for the city of Pittsburgh.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was asked to serve on the Board of Sarah Heinz House, an organization I did not know, I was not confident that I would be able to commit the appropriate amount of time given other obligations. From my first visit to "The Club", however, I realized that I simply could not say "no" to the request. The "vibe" of SHH is overwhelming - from the energy of the kids to the commitment of the enormous number of volunteers to the integrity and passion of the staff. Once you've been there, you simply want to contribute whatever you can to help such a special place. Of particular note is the staff's focus on continuous improvement and desire to make a great institution even better. Their professionalism surpasses that of most institutions with which I have had experience, from small companies to large corporations.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I only wish I had known about Sarah Heinz House when my children were in school! I recently began to work at SHH and I found myself amazed! Not only is the staff warm, welcoming and engaging; but the children were even more so. The values of leadership, learning and laughter are evident each day and by each member, volunteer and staff. I feel privileged and honored to say that I work here. When I tell people were I work; most times I get the "hey I went there" or "what a great place" and I get a thrill knowing that I am a part of something larger and helping SHH continue its mission to brighten and impact the lives of our children.

Matthew M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SHH is one of the most impactful organizations for youth development in the Pittsburgh area. Their motto is laugh, learn, play and the children that attend live by these pillars everyday.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sarah Heinz House provides opportunities and experiences for kids to learn and grow. During the open house last year my family and I met a few students that attended the After-School activities as well as the summer camp. Their testimonials of what the Sarah Heinz House meant to them drove me to get involved. They discussed the fun, educational and amazing programs offered to them after school and the camp in the summer. The facility itself is amazing. I had driven past it multiple times and until the tour I had no idea the size and offerings it has with space, gyms, swimming pools and fitness center. The Sarah Heinz House is one of the best kept secrets in Pittsburgh and I can only hope this testimonial provides some insight for more to help participate in their success.

Donor

Rating: 5

My father was a Board member of Sarah Heinz House in the 1970's and 1980's. I remember his comments about the fine work that SHH did. I became reconnected to SHH earlier this year, and was reminded of my father comments. Meeting the Executive Director, other staff members, Board members, and program participants of SHH confirmed for me that the fine work my father commented on continues to this day. My wife and I are honored to have become financial supporters. Rob Spicher

Donor

Rating: 5

Sarah Heinz House is a rock in the lives of the many children it serves.

Donor

Rating: 5

The position of SHH on the north side of Pittsburgh in a neighborhood with many issues makes it a potential haven for all the kids and families they serve from near by communities. Their programs enrich both body and mind and cater to all. This non-profit with a long history of community service is a gem in our region and a true oasis for many kids. Mike Kauffelt.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Several years ago, my colleague and I started raising funds for children from an underprivileged school district in Colliers, WV. It broke my heart to see some of these kids without enough food, with no notebooks or pencils for school. We started a vending service in our office and used the proceeds to purchase clothes, school supplies, snacks, etc. for the kids and have been doing so every year. The feeling of making a difference in their lives is unparalleled. When I heard about the Sarah Heinz House and what they do for children in similar situations, I was immediately drawn to the organization and wanted to play a part in aiding their mission. Once I joined, I was amazed by the intelligence, drive and kindness in each and every one of the children who come through SHH. It's sincerely an incredible organization that I'm more than proud to be a part of. SHH is a vital outlet for so many kids – impacting their lives in the best way so they can achieve everything they dream of.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Sarah Heinz House for about a year now and am very impressed with the work of the organization. They show a deep interest in developing the childrens' skills in teamwork, responsibility, discipline and respect. Shh is an outlet for kids to learn outside of their daily life activities. SHH cares and helps cultivate youth into becoming respectable members of the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended summer camp there a few summers when I was in elementary school. The counselors were great - they were nice to all of us and made the days fun. The climbing wall in the pool was awesome.

2 Gino B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I grew up with Sarah Heinz House in my life everyday! If I never found them my life would not be the same. It gives the youth a place to flourish no matter the disability, home life, and neighborhood! It is truly a safe haven for everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of working with the Sarah Heinz House staff and the 911th Air Wing to conduct a drill that would keep SHH students safe. I continue to be highly impressed with the SHH team, its students and the entire program. SHH delivers a valuable service to our region's youths: helping them to grow up to be productive, safe, healthy and strong people who can make a positive contribution to the region!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization and its programs are indispensable to our region's youths. It has a rich history and a team of leaders who possess high integrity. Outstanding role models for young people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place truly molded me into the woman I am today. Words could not express my gratitude for all of the opportunities in leadership development, beginners employment, and friendship that this organization had given me. It was here that I felt comfortable to find my voice and be a leader in my community. This is arguably one of the best investments you can give to your child.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sarah Heinz House Association (SHH) delivers a highly valuable service to our community! The team is outstanding, providing very positive programs to our region's youths. This is a dynamic, energetic organization that fulfills its mission each and every day!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sarah Heinz House delivers outstanding mentoring and creative programs to the youths in our region! I am so impressed by the work they do for families!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls Camp Rocks! Camp is one of those experiences that will last a lifetime.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff at Sarah Heinz House are an amazing group of people that are very dedicated to serving the youth of the region. I greatly enjoyed working with the staff and was so impressed with everything they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love this place!

Everyday I get to experience the benefit that Sarah Heinz House offers to the members and families they serve.

Every day, I look forward to 'goin dahn to Heinz, n'at!' : )

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am continuously amazed at what the staff/volunteers accomplish and the relationships they form with our members and their family's.

This is not just an organization of employees/volunteers. It is a community of people coming together, for the sole purpose of putting kids first.

2 Ted M. P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a board member for just about 2 years. I cannot express the dedication of the staff and their impact. The loyalty created by the programs here displays the significant role this organization has with the community. I'm so proud to be associated with the House.