12 Days of CityHeART Holiday Giving

What is it?

12 Days of CityHeART is a series of 12 community service projects that take place in the month of December.

Projects include:




Harvest Partners LB

We are an all-volunteer organization, and we encourage you to volunteer to lead a harvest so that we can continue to grow into a more sustainable, full-time program. Feel free to email harvestpartnerslb@ourcityheart.org for more information or to learn how to help us with this issue.

Current projects:

  • Backyard harvests
  • Farm Stand at Cabrillo Century Villages
  • Feeding Long Beach meal program
  • Pop up harvest exchange

NEW: Harvest Partners LB Caps!

$20 – Harvest Partners LB of CityHeART Cap Unisex

Harvest Partners LB is an all-volunteer program based in Long Beach, California. The program evolved from an entity formerly known as SoCal Harvest, an organization that was founded in January, 2009, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The name was changed to Harvest Partners LB in late 2016 when it was incorporated by CityHeART, INC.

Support us in our mission to redistribute thousands of pounds of fruit all year long to local food banks, shelters and pantries in Long Beach, providing rescued produce to those in need. With more funding we’ll do more healthy projects in our city! 

Checks can be made payable to City HeART Inc. — Memo: “Harvest Partners LB” — mail to: 2201 E. Willow St Suite D #301 Signal Hill, CA 90755



15492254_10154182207302634_2124416140097917062_nVolunteers will pick your homegrown goodness (typically will take 60-90 minutes) for donation to a local pantry. The majority of the produce we harvest is served to the homeless community via Feeding Long Beach; remaining produce is donated to food banks such as Food Finders and local Long Beach shelters.

If you have a specific shelter or pantry that is close to your heart, let us know — we would love to bring your produce their way!

Invite us to harvest your backyard produce!

[Due to the abundance of fruit harvest requests in Long Beach, please only fill out this form for donating produce if your fruit tree is full and has more than 100 pounds of fruit on it.]

If you prefer to pick your fruit yourself, we can connect you to the shelters and pantries we work with to help make your delivery simpler.

Click here if you are interested in volunteering to harvest with us.

Notes on volunteering with us;

Requests for volunteers will normally be sent out 5-6 days before the harvest. Confirmation emails will be sent 1-3 days prior to the harvest with the exact address, ladder / box needs, what to wear, etc.

Feel free to forward harvesting dates to friends! Each person volunteering must RSVP with their own email and cell number.

NOTE: Harvest Partners LB works primarily in Long Beach, California, and surrounding cities (mainly Lakewood, San Pedro, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, etc.) Check with us if you are within 10 miles from Long Beach!

Have more questions? Send us a message!

 Donate to Harvest Partners LB to help us provide organic produce to the homeless in our community! 

Contact Harvest Partners LB:

  • Harvest Partners LB of City Heart, INC

2201 E. Willow St. Suite D #301

Signal Hill, CA 90755

Program manager: Allison Slay

THANK YOU for all of your support for our mission to donate thousands of pounds of fruit and produce all year long to local food banks, shelters and pantries in Long Beach, providing fresh healthy produce to those in need.

HeARTsy by CityHeART

Healing hearts through the arts


Heartsy is a uniquely designed arts-based program seeking to nurture the mind, body, and heart of children and families in the Long Beach Community. Heartsy offers a comprehensive Summer arts program catering to children with special needs using a combination of art expression, instruction, yoga, music and movement, and sensory integration. Additionally, HeARTsy provides free community art services to local organizations and events throughout Long Beach in hopes of addressing social issues and providing healing through art for at-risk and homeless children and adults.

Recurring Events:

  • Last Sunday of the Month: arts and crafts with kids at Urban Community Outreach
    • Interested volunteers should arrive at UCO at noon (send us a message below for location details!)
  • Third Friday of the Month: therapeutic art workshops with kids at Century Villages at Cabrillo
    • Interested volunteers should arrive at CVC at 3:30 p.m. (send us a message below for location details!)

Special Projects:

  • Children’s Resource Fairs at Urban Community Outreach (in partnership with Connect by CityHeART)
    • Under the Sun: April — arts, crafts, and summer giveaways (sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, toys, books, hygiene packs)
    • Back to School: August — arts, crafts, and school supplies/clothing!
    • Christmas: December — arts, crafts, and SANTA CLAUS!
  • Art Walk with The Children’s Clinic
    • Curating an art show and facilitating the children’s fun zone for this annual, community event
  • Art Camps
    • Providing seasonal therapeutic art experiences for kids in need

Donate to HeARTsy and help us “heal hearts through the arts.

Connect! by CityHeART

Connect! is a peer-led network that aims to provide resources as well as a safe and empowering environment for people to build relationships, set and meet short and long-term goals, and transition into new life journeys. 

WHAT WE DO: We facilitate peer-support groups that empower individuals to incorporate self-care into their daily routines; we also link people in need to the following resources:

  • Hygiene items [all]
  • Household necessities [kitchen items, deodorizers, toilet paper, linens, furniture)
  • Transportation [bus fare]
  • Clothing [gently used and/or new]

Connect! Values


We believe our members are resilient and have a unique set of personal strengths and knowledge.


We believe that connecting with other survivors is a healing and empowering aspect of the journey to recovery. Through community engagement, members and peer-mentors can educate our community and facilitate empathy and action toward positive social change.


We affirm the notion that members with a history of trauma and loss have the capacity to reclaim their lives and identities as they work to attain recovery.


We view recovery as an individualized goal. We provide our members with the skills to form and maintain meaningful relationships. Additionally, we foster community engagement by highlighting that our participants are agentic members who have the capacity to enrich our community and to give back through the Peer-Mentor program.

Donate to Connect! to help us support our community through our peer-led approach to wellness. 

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Art from Ashes by CityHeART

Art from Ashes by CityHeART began with a vision of bringing art projects to community service projects.

Vision: we aim to raise awareness of various community issues in our city by facilitating art workshops for those experiencing those issues and then creating original artwork for display in our city as a vehicle for telling true stories about community struggles.

CityHeART Auspicious Arts Internship Program:


  • Completion of the application process before beginning any formal work with CityHeART
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • High school graduation and at least three semesters of college education or equivalent
  • Certificate of formal CityHeART AusArts leadership training — to be completed before application begins, or after acceptance into the internship program.


  • Formal education/training in a specific art platform
  • Teaching/leadership experience
  • Portfolio included with internship application
  • Schedule flexibility
  • Ability to work with and meet deadlines
  • Positive and cooperative attitude


    An AusArt intern will prepare for and conduct a short-term workshop series in his/her chosen art platform. Workshop placement will be determined by CityHeART and external agencies with whom CityHeART is partnered in accordance with an intern’s social issue of interest.

    Workshops take place once per week for approximately six weeks. An AusArts intern will commit to punctual attendance and participation in each workshop in his/her series.

    In addition to the workshop series portion of the internship, an AusArts intern will attend educational opportunities that will be tied directly to the his/her social issue of choice. An intern will devote 15 hours/week during the workshop series to project development, research and CityHeART participation as designed and outlined in his/her internship contract at the start of his/her internship.

    Upon completion of the art workshop series, an intern will submit a proposal for an art project that fits the social issue he/she has been researching over the course of the workshop series. This proposal, which should include funding details, will be reviewed, refined, and approved by CityHeART, and a reasonable deadline for completion will be set.

    Internships are considered complete once an intern has completed the workshop series and his/ her art project, which may be considered complete upon formal submission and installation in the City of Long Beach.

Learn More/Request Application!



HeARTy Foods by CityHeART

HeARTy Foods by CityHeART brings sack lunches and hot meals to local drop-in centers and shelters.

Vision: by developing community partners who support the goal of feeding the hungry, we will facilitate the repurposing of left-over food items and utilize itemized donations from the kindness of our neighbors in order to provide meals across our city.

***Recurring Meals Offered:

  • Mondays: 11:30 a.m. at Beacon for Him Ministries
    • Interested volunteers can email love@ourcityheart.org for location and details on meal prep
  • Tuesdays: 11:30 a.m. at the Multi-Service Center of Long Beach
    • Interested volunteers should arrive at the MSC at 10 a.m. for meal prep
  • Third Friday of the Month: 6 p.m. at Century Villages at Cabrillo
    • Interested volunteers should arrive at CVC at 4 p.m. for meal prep (email love@ourcityheart.org for location details)

***We also periodically provide meals for special occasions and holidays. Email love@ourcityheart.org for details on our Thanksgiving Meal and how to help!

Learn more!