Category Archives: HeARTsy

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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What’s new with HeARTsy?

Well, we kicked off July with a HeARTist Showcase featuring child heARTists from all around Long Beach, which proved to be an eye-catching art show.

Pieces included paintings, drawings, and sculptures. It was a blast! Kiddos and adults alike popped in to see the masterpieces. Among those who submitted art were kids from Century Villages at Cabrillo and Urban Community Outreach, two organizations CityHeART works closely with every month.   Not only was the art show a heARTastic opportunity for the kiddos to interact and present their art to the community, it was also a chance for HeARTsy to fundraise for our upcoming summer camp, which will take place throughout the month of August. Donations made in person at the event and online are going towards more creative expression, arts and crafts, and holistic takeaways.

Didn’t get a chance to donate?

We extend our greatest thanks to everyone who submitted artwork, attended the show, and/or donated to our program. Also, thank you, Hellada Gallery for continuing to provide a space for us to host our showcases. We appreciate all of you and your efforts to help us repare for summer camp. The art show was a blast! We hope to see you at  future events!

Interested in sending a child to the HeARTsy summer art workshop series?

 

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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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HeARTsy Springs into Summer!

Healing Hearts through the Arts!

HeARTsy has been healing the hearts of kids  in the Long Beach community non-stop these past several weeks, and it’s just the beginning. A fun, art-filled, expressive summer awaits!

Take a look at what HeARTsy did in May!

HeARTsy and Feeding Long Beach made their monthly appearance at Century Villages at Cabrillo. HeARTsy provided a wonderful Love Your Selfie workshop, which allowed the kiddos to embrace self-love through self-portraits and yoga. The workshop participants went all-in on their portraits, and they came out great! Feeding Long Beach served up a hot meal, complete with veggies, pasta, and a hot pink cake for dessert!

The very next week, HeARTsy went down to Urban Community Outreach to hold the monthly art table for the kids who join their families for a hot meal. We enjoyed being part of the support UCO gives to homeless youth in Long Beach. It was an immersive and colorful experience for the children there.

 

First Fridays popped up on June 2, and it was “HeARTastic!”  Bixby Knolls gained a lot of Summer Love from HeARTsy, Auspicious Arts, and Harvest Partners LB. Children had their faces painted and drew and decorated hearts. What a blast!

 

Spotlight on Yeggi Watts, Program Director of HeARTsy!

 

With Summer Love and the kiddos in mind, HeARTsy is filling this summer up with more healing through creative expression, starting with a children’s art show on Saturday, July 15 and ending with HeARTsy summer camp in early-August. The Children’s Art Show Fundraiser at Hellada Gallery is a chance to have children’s artwork displayed for people to see. It’s an artist’s stepping stone.

 

Hope to see you soon during this HeARTful summer!