HEARTH’s CEO, Judy Eakin is retiring

HEARTH would like to announce the well deserved retirement of our CEO, Judy Eakin. Judy will be retiring on October 2, 2020. She has been HEARTH’s CEO for 24 of our 25 years.

We want to ensure that our supporters know this was not a spur of the moment decision. Judy has been planning and discussing her retirement with HEARTH’s Board of Directors and HEARTH’s staff members for over 12 months. We have put a very thoughtful and detailed plan into place for the CEO transition.

HEARTH has hired Nonprofit Talent to conduct the search for the new CEO. They are working with a search committee comprised of key HEARTH volunteers, which include members of the Board of Directors, Emeritus Board, and Young Professionals Board.

Nonprofit Talent will be posting the position tomorrow. To view their website, please click here.

Highmark Walk is now VIRTUAL – Walk for healthy community and for HEARTH!

The Highmark Walk is still happening with one small change… it’s VIRTUAL!

Message from Highmark:

Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection and safety of our Walk participants and volunteers, the difficult decision has been made to modify all seven 2020 Highmark Walks for a Healthy Community to an online only fundraiser and virtual walk for this year’s campaign.”

 

HEARTH’s Message to our Supporters:

HEARTH encourages you to walk for a healthy community from the comfort of your own neighborhoods while practicing safe social distances.  Help us spread awareness by taking photos or a video of you walking and post it on our Facebook event page.

*Please remember to tag us in photos of your virtual walk using @hearthpgh, #hearthpgh, #highmarkwalkhearth, #highmarkwalk

 

Thank you Team Captains! 

We just want to take a moment to recognize our amazing team captains!

Anne Mlecko

Joan Eichner

Jessica Merolillo

Meghan McLachlan

Jamie Kuhn

Tracy Bielski

Soo Yi

Mia Siclari-  HEARTH’s Young Professionals Board

Jessica Monahan

Morgan Ceschini

Harriet Riley

 

HEARTH’s 25th Anniversary Rescheduled for Thursday, October 29, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and for the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers, HEARTH and our Host Committee have decided to
re-schedule the 25th Anniversary Event for

Thursday, October 29, 2020. 

*The event will still be held at the Tower at PNC Plaza, more details to follow.

Please Click Here with any questions you might have

The Second Pillar of HEARTH

As many of you are aware, HEARTH is celebrating our 25th anniversary serving the community! As we looked back on the organizations history and looked to the future, we realized we needed a clear way to explain how we serve families. We have developed the Four Pillars of HEARTH. This is an easy way for our supporters to explain to others what we do!

This year we will take the time to delve into each pillar. Our goal is to present you with quarterly information on each of these topics. This will help us to reminisce on our past and look to our future.

The second pillar of HEARTH  is, supportive services!
What does that mean?

HEARTH’s transitional housing model provides on-site services through a facility-based program, which means that mom can focus on her education, parenting, and life skills training while she and her children work to overcome their trauma. During the next three months we will highlight many of these services and the volunteers and staff who maintain them!

*Each Quarter we will delve deeper into each pillar, highlighting how that topic pertains to the families at HEARTH. The first quarter looked at housing. The next two quarters will be economic self-sufficiency, followed by relationships.

Hops for HEARTH Cancelled

    

HEARTH will be cancelling our Hops for HEARTH event being held next Friday, March 20, 2020 and it will not be rescheduled. This was a difficult decision for us, but our community’s safety is our number one priority.  We came to this decision after numerous discussions with staff, supporters, and community members. Governor Wolf and the PA department of Health have recommended suspension of all social gatherings over 250 people. Hops for HEARTH has many more than that in attendance and, out of an abundance of caution for everyone in attendance, we feel that this was the right call to make.

Silent Auction Items – HEARTH will still host our silent auction; however, it will be displayed virtually! You can still browse all of our items that would have been at Hops for HEARTH and bid via BidPal. The auction will open on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at noon and will run until Monday, March 23, 2020 at noon.

You can bid at this link – https://one.bidpal.net/hopsforhearth2020/browse/all(details:item/1)
Any questions about bidding can be directed to Morgan Ceschini at mlceschini@hearth-bp.org
We will notify you if you win a silent auction package. We will notify you when you can come to HEARTH to pick-up your items, this date will be determined as COVID-19 information is updated. If there are time sensitive materials such as tickets in your package, those will be mailed to you right away.

For ticket refunds – HEARTH will issue full refunds within the next 7 days (thru Friday, 3/20/20 at midnight). You must contact Morgan at mlceschini@hearth-bp.org  to receive your refund. We have had several attendees donate their ticket purchase to the organization and we are very grateful for their support! Just a reminder, the Hops for HEARTH provides around $34,000 annually to the HEARTH budget. Please consider making your ticket purchase a donation to HEARTH. We will have a significant financial hole to fill in the wake of this crisis and cancellation.

Thank you! We would like to thank all of our sponsors, vendors, and attendees for being incredibly understanding during this period. It is at times like these that we are very grateful to have such a caring and supportive community surrounding HEARTH! We will continue to update you with more information as we receive it.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Etna donates cold and flu kits for HEARTH’s Families

Cold and flu season is still upon us! HEARTH was thrilled to receive a donation of cold and flu kits for our families, collected and put together by the congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Etna. Mary Jo and Kevin Smith delivered the packs to our facility,  which mean each family has a pack to provide relief and comfort when seasonal bugs strike.

Thank You Emmanuel Lutheran!

HEARTH’s exciting new match opportunity!

HEARTH is pleased to announce that we have an anonymous donor
matching 2:1 all new or increased donations up to $250,000
for our 25th Anniversary Year! The match will run from March 2020 until March 2021.

How do you qualify for the match? It’s easy! All new or increased donations will be matched 2:1!

Here are some examples to better explain the match!

Example 1: You are a new donor. You have heard of HEARTH and decided to get involved! You donate $100 for the first time to the organization. Your $100 will be matched 2:1, making it a $300 donation!

Example 2: You have been donating or sponsoring HEARTH for many years. You typically give $100. This year in honor of our 25th year, you decide to donate $150. $50 of that $150 will be matched 2:1, making the donation total $200!

*Ticket sales and silent auction purchases are not eligible for the match.

Collaboration Beer 10-25 HEARTH featured in Pittsburgh’s City Paper

HEARTH is excited to announce the name and style of our special anniversary beer! The beer is a collaboration effort between First Sip Brew Box, Lincoln Avenue Brewery, Bedillion Honey Farm, CNC Malt and HEARTH!

This year 10-25 HEARTH a honey pale ale will be unveiled at the 10th annual Hops for HEARTH event! The beer takes it’s name from two important milestones in HEARTH’s history, 10 years of Hops for HEARTH and 25 years of HEARTH in the community.

Read City Paper’s Article about this special effort by clicking here!

 

 

 

The 4 Pillars of HEARTH

As we prepared for our 25th anniversary, we started to re-think how to describe our program. HEARTH is very unique with many moving pieces. This means we needed to develop a clear way to explain what exactly our program does for homeless women with children.

This year we will take the time to delve into each pillar. Our goal is to present you with quarterly information on each of these topics. This will help us to reminisce on our past and look to our future.

The Four Pillars of HEARTH are,

  1. Housing
  2. Supportive Services
  3. Economic Self-sufficiency
  4. Relationships

Each Quarter we will delve deeper into each pillar, highlighting how that topic pertains to the families at HEARTH.