91.3 WYEP celebrates 20 years of helping HEARTH

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, 91.3 WYEP and 90.5 WESA hosted a food drive for HEARTH. WYEP and WESA have been supporting HEARTH for 20 years! This year they tried something new and hosted the food drive at their station. They were able to showcase their studio and HEARTH in a new light! The event had studio tours, a chance to meet the DJ’s and staff, and a cookie table! This new format allowed for even more food donations for HEARTH’s families!

First Sip Brew Box and Lincoln Avenue Brewery are collaborating for HEARTH!

First Sip Brew Box Facilitates HEARTH 25th Anniversary Beer Collaboration with
Lincoln Avenue Brewery

First Sip Brew Box is at the epicenter creating a platform for change with businesses in the craft beer industry.

Check out Morgan’s interview with First Sip Brew Box on ‘The Daily Sip’ here! 

First Sip Brew Box has announced a special collaboration with HEARTH and Lincoln Avenue Brewery, located in Bellevue. They are facilitating a 25th Anniversary beer for HEARTH as we celebrate 25 years of serving our community. The beer will be in conjunction with our 10th annual Hops For HEARTH event!

This beer collaboration is the first of its kind. The goal is to build awareness around the mission and services provided by HEARTH.

“We are excited to put this collaboration together with HEARTH and Lincoln Avenue Brewery using Pittsburgh’s craft beer industry as a catalyst for helping the community.” – Dennis Guy of First Sip Brew Box

This collaboration beer will be presented exclusively at the 10th annual Hops For HEARTH on Friday, March 20th, 2020 located at Nova Place on the North Side for craft beer drinkers to experience. A select few of Pittsburgh’s libations spots will also have this brew on draft. First Sip Brew Box’s vision is also to connect with local artists to create visual works to showcase the internal struggle we all have communicating with each other around topics like domestic violence. The works of art will be auctioned off at the Hops for HEARTH event to help raise funds for our program!

CNC (Custom ‘N Craft) Malting Co. is a craft local malt house located north of Pittsburgh in Butler County has agreed to donate all the malt needed to brew this collaboration beer.

This Collaboration will be featured in a First Sip Brew Box filled will exclusive merchandise commemorating the collaboration and the event. “The best friend of a small business is another small business,” says Dennis Guy, CEO at First Sip Brew Box. “This collaboration is yet another example of how craft beer is a pillar of the community and goes beyond just good beer.” says Dennis Guy, CEO at First Sip Brew Box.

“There is no power for change greater than a community coming together to support one another.” Says Morgan Ceschini, HEARTH’s Special Events and Development Coordinator.
“Pittsburgh’s beer world has supported HEARTH thru Hops for HEARTH for the past 9 years, raising over $150,000.00 to support survivors of domestic violence. This collaboration is the icing on the craft beer cake! We couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate our 10th Hops than with this special beer!” Says Ceschini.

*The beer style, name and brew date are TBD and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Hops for HEARTH are on sale now, www.bidpal.net/hopsforhearth2020. This year’s Hops for HEARTH is celebrating 10 years of bringing craft beer to the people in addition to HEARTH’s agency 25th anniversary. This year there is a special honorary committee comprised of former Hops for HEARTH Chairpersons, Chris Borsoni, Tiffany Martin, and Lisa Fox.

About First Sip Brew Box: First Sip Brew Box is a husband and wife small business that partners with craft breweries and their teams every month to bring you unique beer gear. First Sip then takes it one step further and collaborates with diverse small businesses that make items out of beer!

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.

Hops for HEARTH tickets are on Sale Now!

Join us for our 10th annual ‘Hops for HEARTH’ a beer tasting, presented by Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh! The event will once again be held at Nova Place in Pittsburgh’s historic North Side neighborhood. Check out our ‘Hops for HEARTH’ page for more information on vendors and sponsors!

You can purchase your tickets by clicking here!

We are Looking for Tees & Traps Committee Members!

Join HEARTH’s Tees & Traps Committee!

Do you love golf or trap shooting? How about helping your local community? The Tees & Traps committee is looking for you!

Interested? Contact Morgan at mlceschini@hearth-bp.org.

Role of the Tees & Traps Committee

Purpose of the Committee: As an operational committee of the organization, the Tees & Traps Committee is responsible for planning HEARTH’S signature fundraiser, “Targeting Homelessness Tees & Traps Event”.
• Members of the Tees & Traps Committee assist the Chairperson and Special Events Coordinator                with planning the event. The chairperson(s) or board liaison of the committee reports to the board            on all aspects of the event.

Reporting: As an Operational Committee, it will report to Special Events and Development Coordinator
• The Board Liaison (or Chairperson) with report to the Board the responsibilities for the event

Committee membership and operations: Members include both Board and non-Board members. All committee work is done in partnership with and through the leadership and enabling of assigned staff. The CEO makes all staff assignments. The committee does not usurp the authority of the Board, and neither directs nor oversees staff.

Scope of work for the Tees & Traps Committee:
1. Attend meetings
2. Fulfill areas of accepted responsibility
3. Solicit sponsors and foursomes/fivesomes
4. Secure silent auction packages
5. Secure foursomes to the event
6. Recruit committee members and Friends of Tees & Traps Committee
7. Donate one bottle of wine or liquor for the silent auction

Skill Set required:
• Commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of HEARTH
• Ability to engage donors & sponsors in order to meet Tees & Traps goals
• Adept at maintaining relationships with donors and vendors
• Capacity to attend and participate in committee meetings

Frequency of meetings: As necessary, estimated at 9 times per year

Meeting logistics: First Tuesday of the Month at HEARTH or offsite

Homelessness is not what it appears

HEARTH was featured in this week’s Post-Gazette issue in response to their series on homelessness. HEARTH board member and volunteer Barb Smith submitted a powerful letter to the editor. In it she highlights the importance of transitional housing.

You can read Barb’s letter by clicking here.

The original articles on homelessness were a two part series.

Part one

Part two

Help HEARTH win $20,000!

HEARTH has been selected by Aetna to participate in their #VoicesofHealth campaign for a chance to win $20,000 for our mission!

You can vote for HEARTH 4 times per day via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and your e-mail! The contest runs through October 13, 2019 and we are up against some other amazing non-profits in Pittsburgh!


Join HEARTH at Bar 11 for a ghoulish good time!

HEARTH’s Young Professionals Board is hosting a costume contest and Halloween party on Thursday, October 24th at Pittsburgh’s infamous Bar 11! The event will be from 7 pm until 10 pm.

There will be a cash prize for the costume contest winner as well as treats, tricks, and a silent auction!

Don’t miss your chance to have fun and raise money for the families at HEARTH!

For more information or to purchase tickets visit our Facebook or EventBrite pages!

Young Professionals – we are looking for you!

HEARTH’s Young Professionals Board is looking to expand our members!

Our YPB is a thriving group of passionate individuals looking to make a difference in their community.

If you are looking to join a cause with a friendly and outgoing group of like-minded young professionals, please e-mail Tara Maziarz at trmaziarz@hearth-bp.org for more information