Category Archives: CityHeART

A Big Thank You <3

Psssst!! You … the one reading this message… you’re a huge reason why we are where we are and why we love what we do. Without support from people like you, and the people who donate their time, their funds, their gently used items … we couldn’t “wholeheartedly love our city and tell its stories.”

Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters that continue to help us make a difference in the LB community. ❤

Feeding Long Beach Sack Lunch Tuesday

 

Thank You to Our Wonderful Volunteers!

Our helping hands are irreplaceable. Coming out and giving us a few hours of your time during Feeding Long Beach’s weekly Sack Lunch Tuesday, Connect!’s Walking Closet events or mental health workshops, HeARTsy’s community events for the kiddos, or Harvest Partners LB’s weekly harvests makes it so that we can accomplish and contribute more to our mission. Your time is a donation that is priceless, and we are very grateful for it. We hope to continue feeling the glow of your big HeARTs in your service.

Harvest Partners Volunteer Thanks Victory Garden

 

Thank You to Our Awesome Contributors!

Those who have donated to us either financially, through partnerships, or with clothing, food, and art supplies have blown our minds! You are a big reason why our programs keep going strong. Your continued support means the world to us. Our volunteer-based, fast-growing organization is so grateful for any form of donation we receive. Our hope is to continue partnering with you in the months and years to come. ❤

Connect Walking Closet Donation Thanks

 

 

Our Upcoming Volunteer and Donation Opportunity

We are extremely excited for our upcoming CityHeART Swap this Saturday. It is an opportunity for members of the Long Beach community to come and donate or swap their gently loved clothes, shoes, toys, and school supplies. If you have produce or other food items to donate, you can bring that as well. Donations will go to support the local organizations with whom we partner. There will also be face painting! We need some volunteers to help make it all happen. If you can’t volunteer, then we hope to see you drop by to Swap Your HeART Out!

Harvest Partners Call for Swap Volunteers

 

In the Community:

Got Friday Night Plans? We Do!

 We’re Back at Urban Hive Market!

If you popped by Urban Hive Market last month, we’re sorry we weren’t there to see your beautiful faces … but we are back today! 

Urban Hive In The Past For CityHeART

In April and May this year, Feeding Long Beach @CityHeART held a booth at the Urban Hive Market, advocating and raising funds for our Sack Lunch Program. Simultaneously, we supported local businesses in Long Beach by selling donated goods and raffling off prizes. Some of the vendors who donated were also at Urban Hive! Thank you to all who came during those months and helped make a sack lunch for someone in need. 😊

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What You Can Look Forward To At This Month’s Urban Hive

This time at Urban Hive, we’re switching a few things up. Food is back! Our raffle is still going strong, so don’t miss your chance to win one of our lovely prizes. We’ll also still be selling some locally donated food items — and coffee!! What will be different? Art activities, face painting, and CityHeART merch such as our HeARTastic T-shirts! Rather than raising funds for just Sack Lunch Tuesday, the proceeds this Friday will support the organization as a whole.

We look forward to seeing those beautiful faces tonight. See you there!

CityHeART

Can’t make it, but still want to supporter cause? 

 

A Closet that Walks??

What is a “Walking Closet?”

 

For us, it’s a monthly clothing drive that services our partner organizations across the city to help bring more clothing to more people in need! 

Started by Connect! @CityHeART, the CityHeART Walking Closet is always open ❤ 

 

We’re happy to pick up or receive drop-offs from anyone interested in donating!

Email love@ourcityheart.org to coordinate a donation. 



 

At Connect! we value providing safe spaces for all people in our community. Tonight we continue to stick to our values of resiliency, connection, reclaiming our lives and stories, and recovery as we host Connect! Women. If you or someone you know identifies as a woman and can benefit from a safe space to share, grow, connect and learn, please email us at connect@ourcityheart.org 

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Why We Do What We Do @CityHeART

Service is a road paved with potential, opportunity, reward, and fulfillment. It’s not a one-way street by any means, and that is the surprising gift for all who give of themselves: the personal satisfaction, the sense of purpose, and the overall feeling of goodness that comes with serving others is like no other path.

When we @CityHeART give to others, we get to share in the joy, take part in the creative process, and receive the peace and love flowing from those whom we serve.

  • Every sack lunch, packed with care and packed with the generosity of all who contribute, fills a hungry stomach; but more importantly, each sack lunch offers hope to the hungry, and provides peace of mind for the long day ahead.
  • Every harvest, big or small, not only delivers locally grown  produce to food banks and shelters across the city, but also builds community among the volunteers who come together to pick the produce by hand, and then share the fruits of their labor with those in need.
  • Every art workshop, for kiddos and even for adults, spreads smiles and prompts laughter that can overshadow the monotony of a soup line and uplift the weariness of a heavy heart on the street. Creativity can heal souls and overcome despair.
  • Every connection built in the safety of a peer-support group has the power to heal the emotionally wounded, transform darkness into light, and even save a life.

It’s not simple, this thing we are doing here in the City of Long Beach. We are a small but mighty, all-volunteer team of dreamers in a community where anything is possible. We are learning, we are working, and we are “wholeheartedly loving our city and telling its stories.” 

And we can’t do it alone.

Every little bit of support, monetary or otherwise, takes us a little bit closer to our vision of a multipurpose, non-profit collective that can serve those in need in our city with the most effective impact for the betterment of our neighbors in need. 

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