I am a eight year volunteer with this organization that provides a safe place for children after school hours, on Saturday and camping experiences during the summer. Sarah Heinz provides recreational,STEM,leadership, homework help and mentoring for children from several school districts in Pittsburgh,Pa.
My son,Lawyer , attended ten years at Sarah Heinz. Sarah Heinz help develop him into the man he is today. I give praise to this organization,club leaders,and the volunteers who had impact on his life. Lawyer is now a teacher and is involve with children that live in his community.
I have been a part of Sarah Heinz House for over 20 years. I should really say that Sarah Heinz House has been a part of me for over 20 years. As a member, it gave me confidence when I needed it most and allowed me to meet some truly amazing people, many of whom I am still friends with today. As a volunteer of SHH, it allowed me the opportunity to give back to a great organization that offered me so much. I am forever a "Heinz Houser"!
I was a member and volunteer here for many years, and SHH impacted my life positively in many ways. It promotes strong character, good values and allowed me to form many long-lasting relationships. It truly is a wonderful place for youth. In fact, I am honored and proud to share the tradition with my children who participate in the tot programs and plan on enrolling them as members when old enough. It is much more than an after-school program, it is a second home!
I've recently became involved with Sarah Heinz House Association due to me being the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are many great things I could say about them, but the one that hits home with me is the environment and opportunities they provide our local youth. They have a great, clean, safe facility and endless programs to support our youth throughout their adolescent years.
Good leaders are trailblazers, making a path for others to follow. Great leaders, however, can inspire the children to reach higher, dream bigger, and achieve greater. Perhaps the most important leadership skill you can develop is the ability to provide inspiration to the children that attend the Sarah Heinz House. If you inspire them to reach for the stars, they just might bring you back the moon. This is what my children where taught from the staff and volunteers here at SHH. I am grateful for the new family we have gotten as a place we can all call home and be inspired by everyday a child opens the door and enters this unique organization. Today I feel my children are always striving to be a role model and are carrying on the values that they learned here at SHH
The staff members and volunteers are excellent - they really care about the kids and they are committed to every member becoming the best they can be. Sarah Heinz House provides a place for young people to get together, have fun and at the same time develop social and educational skills.
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.
All three of my sons have attended Sarah Heinz House. They grew, learned, and developed skills. They also learned how to help and mentor younger members. I also teach swim lessons and enjoy the times that I get to spend with the students, I love teaching a skill that will last them a lifetime.
I was a member, am a volunteer, was a parent of a member, and am also part time staff. I love what Sarah Heinz House represents to me, my family, and to the community. Until you become part of this organization and learn first hand everything it has to offer you can't fully appreciate the difference they can make and have been making for more than a century.
Sarah Heinz House has been a part of life since I was born. My grandfather was a former program director and executive director there for many, many years. My parents met there as members of Sarah Heinz House. I too was a member of Sarah Heinz House, where I took dance classes and attended their summer camp program in Ellwood City. Now all these years later my daughter is in going into her 5th year as a member of Sarah Heinz House and her first year as a junior volunteer. The best thing I can save about Sarah Heinz House is that after all these years, the same core values and rules still exist and are followed to this day. You learn respect from the moment you walk in the door of Sarah Heinz House and are asked to take your hat off. However Sarah Heinz House has not failed to keep up with the times either - now offering programs such as day camp, robotics, media lab and silver sneakers. These are just some of the wonderful addtions made to the Sarah Heinz House over the years. Sarah Heinz House has always been a safe and fun place for school kids of all ages to go. Everyone is made to feel like they are part of one big happy family while they are down there. The staff and volunteers are exceptionally patient, caring and fun. They go out of their way to make every kid feel special and apart of the family. My daughter just loves Sarah Heinz House. She says she feels like she fits in and belongs more there than at her own school. Sarah Heinz House is truly a treasure to be shared by all.
Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation
Inn 1991 being between jobs I applied and got hired as a camp counselor at Heinz House Camp. Had the best time of my life. Met great people and great kids! I was invited by Charlie Chmura to come to the club and be a volunteer. 22 years later I am still volunteering and enjoying this boys and girls club. The facility is state of the art, has multiple activities and offer so much opportunity. But the best part of this place is the kids and the volunteers. Many of my best friends have come from meetings them or volunteering with them at Sarah Heinz House. Growing up in south suburbs of Pittsburgh I never really knew what the Northside was. This club and it's people not only welcomed me into their group, I became like one of the family. If you donate to Heinz House know that your investment is reaching lots of kids if you volunteer know that it will become a life of friendship and fulfillment.