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Woo Hoo! We had an amazing week!

The Excitement @ CityHeART

We’re overjoyed that people came out and swapped their socks off. The donations from the CityHeART Swap along with big news for the Walking Closet have us jumping for joy! We are thrilled to share some of that excitement with you.

The Swap Was A Whopping Success!

Thank you to everyone who took time out last Saturday to join us in Bixby Park with some clothing, toys, and produce. We were left with bags upon bags of adult and children’s clothing to donate to local organizations. Among the donated toys were baby dolls, mini monster trucks, and costume supplies. Not only tomatoes and other vegetables, but also several suculents were donated to the produce table. We were surprised by how much we had to give when it was all over, and that’s a great thing! We enjoyed talking to you as you dropped things off and perused, and we look forward to holding similar events in the future.

 

What’s Up With the Walking Closet? GREAT NEWS!

Recently, CityHeART had the honor of being selected by La Bomba Vintage Clothing for a HUGE clothing giveaway.

10,000 POUNDS OF CLOTHING!

We couldn’t believe it ourselves until we started packing everything up on Sunday night.

We wrapped up the week by delivering all the bags of clothing to Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC), where we will sort through them and distribute to residents via a clothing closet.  The closet, which will have clothes for all ages and occasions, will be a helpful addition to our efforts at CVC. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the generous gift from La Bomba and all of the many volunteers who helped us pack and move Mt. Clothing Pile. We are extremely grateful for everything that’s happening and can’t wait to update you on what’s next.

 




 

Thank you for taking the time to join us in our excitement. If you want to get involved with events like the swap or help in our efforts with the Walking Closet, feel free to email: love@ourcityheart.org.

 

This weekend:

 

Join us at Urban Community Outreach at First Congregational Church on Sunday, where we will be doing arts and crafts with the kiddos and handing out clothing via the #WalkingCloset. [Sunday, 8/27/17, 12-3 p.m.]

Interested in volunteering? email love@ourcityheart.org

 

 

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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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Human Connection

Need to talk? Looking for a safe place to share and listen and grow?

Have you checked out Connect! @ CityHeART?

Connect! @CityHeART is a free, peer-led support network that aims to provide a safe and empowering environment for individuals who are seeking to recover from trauma, heal from grief and loss, and reclaim personal strengths and goals.

 

Connect! @CityHeART is holding a weekly women’s group at Beacon for Him in Long Beach. Email Connect@ourcityheart.org for more details!

 

Spotlight on Connect! @CityHeART Program Director, Helena Pataeva!

She created the CityHeART Walking Closet, which now gathers and delivers clothing donations across the city on a monthly basis. ❤