Summer 2018- HEARTH Tour Dates!

HEARTH has added summer tour dates!
Please remember to check our Get Involved at HEARTH page for updates!

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ noon

Thursday, July 5, 2018 @ 6 pm

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ noon

Thursday, August 16, 2018 @ noon

Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 6 pm

Contact Tara Maziarz at least 4 days prior to the selected date to schedule a tour

412-366-9801 ext 13 or trmaziarz@hearth-bp.org 

HEARTH Executive Director, Judy Eakin on WPNT

Did you miss our Executive Director, Judy Eakin on WPNT’s “Issues on The Point” this month? We have her interview right here! Follow this link, her video is the third video on the page.

Click here to see the interview!

 

HEARTH’s Spring e-Newsletter

We have some exciting stories in our Spring E-Newsletter!

In this issue:

Check-in with HEARTH’s Executive Director, Judy Eakin for exciting additions to the HEARTH facility!

We have been chosen by a local organization as their beneficiary for a fun kickball tournament! Interested in seeing who chose us?

Last, but not least, we have information on our signature events, volunteer and tour opportunities, and so much more!

You can read all about it here!

‘The Art of Wine & Food’ to be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018

The 17th annual ‘The Art of Wine & Food’ will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

HEARTH will be posting more details over the coming months.

For sponsorship or vendor inquiries, please contact Morgan Ceschini at mlceschini@hearth-bp.org or by phone at 412-366-9801 ext.12

 

HEARTH has been selected by The Pittsburgh Foundation as part of their “Critical Needs Alert, Day of Giving!”

HEARTH has been selected by
The Pittsburgh Foundation as part of their “Critical Needs Alert, Day of Giving!”

This means that on May 1,2018, all donations made between 8 am and 11:59 pm through The Pittsburgh Foundation’s website (www.pittsburghgives.org/hearthpgh) will be matched from a pro-rated pool! This year the “Critical Need” is food insecurity. Check back on our website and social media over the coming week for more information!

2018 Spring tour dates added!

HEARTH has added spring tour dates!
Please remember to check our Get Involved at HEARTH page for updates!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 6pm

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ noon

Contact Tara Maziarz at least 4 days prior to the selected date to schedule a tour

412-366-9801 ext 13 or trmaziarz@hearth-bp.org 

Sandcastle tickets for HEARTH!

HEARTH’s open letter to Snapchat

An open letter to Snapchat,

This week HEARTH has been busy preparing for our fundraiser, ‘Hops for HEARTH.’ This event is put on by our Associate Board, a group of passionate and dedicated young professionals from the Greater Pittsburgh Area. This enthusiastic group of volunteers keeps HEARTH moving forward with the times, specifically utilizing various social media platforms to spread our message, “A Safe Place Matters.” HEARTH staff, our Board of Directors, and our Associate Board were absolutely appalled when we woke up this past Friday to see the news regarding Snapchat’s inability to police their ads. HEARTH was hoping that more than an apology would have been done by now. We will not be using a Snapchat filter or their app at this Friday’s event.

HEARTH takes this negligence very seriously. The ad for the new “Would You Rather” app, which referenced the 2009 domestic violence case regarding Rihanna and Chris Brown should have never made it past Snapchat’s screening process. We are asking that Snapchat work with agencies that serve domestic violence survivors to re-evaluate acceptable terms used in this process in accordance with those organizations’ verbiage. A public apology is not enough; apologies are what domestic violence victims hear from their abusers every day. HEARTH calls on Snapchat to do more. “Snap Chat reaches and has influence over a lot of young teens and adults so they should know better than to send out such a terrible message with that ad” – Kristen Moss, HEARTH Associate Board Secretary.

We ask that Snapchat recognize this egregious error by donating to and supporting causes that aid domestic violence victims. There are a plethora of measures we ask Snapchat take to become a leader in the fight for domestic violence survivors:

  1. Set up a scholarship fund that helps prior victims apply for and enter schooling or job training.
  2. Free advertisement for organizations like HEARTH that build up survivors.
  3. Partner with organizations on their social media platforms on key messages geared at eliminating the stigma many survivors face as well as promoting next steps for survivors once they leave their abuser.

“Mistakes happen. This “Would You Rather” ad was obviously a mistake.  BUT, an apology is not enough.  We call on Snapchat to back up their words with actions – support survivors of Domestic Violence and give this subject the dignity it deserves”  – Judith Eakin, HEARTH executive director.

Most importantly, we also ask that they refuse to support the “Would You Rather” app, their developers, and those associated in the future.  “Domestic violence is not funny.  It is never okay to hurt another person and it is never appropriate to position a prior domestic violence situation as a joke in a game” – Mike DiChiazza, HEARTH President, Board of Directors.

HEARTH would like to thank Rihanna for standing up to Snapchat and for continuing to support and bring light to other domestic violence survivors like the women living at HEARTH. It is very easy to talk the talk, but we have found it is much harder for companies like Snapchat to walk the walk. We hope that Snapchat will take our outrage as a community seriously and strive to support causes that improve the lives of women, not further endanger them.

Child Care Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for child care volunteers!
Requirements:

must be at least 13 years old.
Twice per month from about 6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
There is a brief training. 

This is a great way for students to complete service hours!

If you are interested please contact volunteer coordinator Vicky Gill @ vlgill@hearth-bp.org