Welcome to Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG)

 

An Introduction to

Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG)

2005 – 2018

 

Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) is based on the concept of a Giving Circle which typically begins with a small network of friends who share a common interest in a social cause and a desire to make a positive impact in their community in support of that cause.  Members are committed, both personally and financially, to making a direct impact on those in our communities who are underserved.

 

HHUG was a dream in November 2005 and over the past 12 years, has developed into a small, socially responsible, community-based non-profit organization. Our continuing vision fuels our growth and financial resources so that we might better support those who are underserved.

 

HUGG’s Shared Values, Vision and Mission Statements provide more insight about our members and our goals.

 

SHARED VALUES

 

Integrity, Diversity, Respect, Tolerance,  Self-Reliance, Humor, Commitment, Cooperation and Enthusiasm

 

VISION STATEMENT

 

To directly and personally impact those in our communities affected by socially adverse circumstances, HHUG raises revenue, identifies community resources, provides referral information and distributes grants.

 

 

HHUG is eager to welcome new members who wish to be a part of this effort.  Please contact us for more information regarding membership,

donations and grant applications.

 

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

To impact the lives of the underserved in our communities, HHUG provides resources to improve their circumstances as they strive toward self-sufficiency.

 

 

   Thank you for checking out our

Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) website!

We try to update information on an ongoing basis

and are in the process of doing so now.

 

As we move into our 13th year, we remain so very grateful for your ongoing generous support, donations, in-kind contributions, energy and personal, hands-on involvement.


Through your commitment, HHUG continues to help support the
homeless, veterans, foster youth transitioning to college and those struggling with mental health issues.

If this is the first time you are visiting our website, you are especially Welcome! We hope you will feel motivated to think about calling one of us, coming to a meeting, perhaps even joining HHUG, and/or donating.

 

We are proud that 100% of your donations are distributed

to those in need in our communities.

 

Please check in with our website now and then for recent articles, 2018 events and information about our nonprofit efforts.


Good thoughts to you all…

Thank You Again for Visiting our HHUG Website

Please Mark You Calendars!

Please join us again in 2018! We will be holding activities throughout the year to bring friends together, enjoy each other, have fun and raise money to continue funding ongoing community projects and programs.

 

YOUR SUPPORT allows us to meet those commitments!

 

Please Save the Dates!

Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Signal Hill

Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast

It seems our “Applebee’s gathering” has become a tradition!

We all love a fun morning, hot breakfast, talking with friends

and taking part in raffles and drawings.

 

 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Athena Designs and Fine Jewelry

The owner and designer of Athena has again offered to donate 20% of the proceeds from sales on this date for both in-person and on-line purchases.

Her designs are lovely and unique. With Mother’s Day the following weekend, this is a perfect opportunity to surprise her with a special, beautiful gift.

 

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Belmont Shores

Domenico’s Italian Restaurant

We did this last year and everyone said the food was great! 25% of your purchase is donated to HHUG! You are welcome at any time all day long, includes takeout orders, dining in and the bar! You might enjoy strolling 2nd Street in Belmont Shoes with all the many unique stores and shops.

 

 

Dates not yet set but probably

late Spring, Summer or Fall!

Wine Classes and Tasting in Long Beach

Total Wine provides a two hour Class, including wine tasting, for community groups. The setting is really nice and the class gets good reviews for both information sharing and wine tasting. Plenty of time for browsing the aisles, especially for wine lovers.

 

 

Network Tapings

 Possibilities CBS, NBC, ABC and More

Did you know that all those game shows with huge audiences actually PAY those folks to come to the tapings!! We are checking out a few, such as Let’s Make a Deal, Dancing with the Stars, To Tell the Truth, etc.  It would be a fun day and who knows, maybe one of our guests might come home rich!!

 

 

Anyone who wishes to donate to HHUG and/or attend any or all of our  events mentioned above, don’t be shy…jump right in! You are welcome to call any of our Members or our Office at 562.496.4659. You are also able to donate thru our web-site at www.hhug.org via PayPal.

“I am only one,

But still I am one.

I cannot do everything,

But still I can do something;

And because I cannot do everything,

I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

 

From The Book of Good Cheer:

A Little Bundle of Cheery Thoughts

(1909) by Edwin Osgood Grover

 

 

 

Simple ways to be the change

the world needs:

Commit daily random acts of kindness

Distribute a care pack to a homeless person.

Invite the student eating alone to sit with you.

Teach and live tolerance.

Be a positive role model.

Welcome diversity.

Smile at strangers.

Make eye contact and say Thank You.

Be kind.

Share a meal with someone who is hungry.

Listen without judging.

Hug more often.

Encourage a co-worker, family member or friend.

Help those in need.

Don’t be afraid to say I’m sorry.

Lead by example.

Celebrate someone else’s success.

Forgive and let it go.

Stand up to a bully.

Support someone’s dream.

2017 SHERRY’S GIFT UPDATE

2018 Recipients to be selected in April

 

Our 2017 recipients were Long Beach Meals on Wheels, Promise Purse Project (through Huntington Beach American Legion), Bethune Homeless Education Program and Mental Health America Los Angeles (MHALA). Donations were given to these programs honoring the special wishes of our friend Sherry who wanted to be sure that her donation went directly to purchasing items for distribution to those in need. To ensure her wishes were met, HHUG members volunteered to purchase and deliver the items.

 

Meals on Wheels received over 200 In-Kind Bars to include with their meal deliveries. The Promise Purse Project received over 50 gently used purses filled with a variety of personal hygiene products and $250 worth of Target gift cards for distribution to homeless women veterans. Bethune Homeless Education Program received back packs filled with school supplies and personal hygiene products. MHALA received personal hygiene products for MHALA’s shower service for their homeless clients and $250 worth of McDonald’s gift cards for distribution to the homeless.

 

HHUG members will continue this special project in memory of Sherry Wallace who passed away in August of 2017. For more information about the Sherry’s Gift project, please see our Special Projects link.

 

 

UPDATE: SEND YOUR OLD SHOES TRAVELING FUNDRAISER!

January thru September, 2017

 

Thank you to all of our friends, friends of friends, families and volunteers. YOU donated 3100 Pairs of shoes in 2017 and HHUG received $1210 from Funds2orgs.

 

Your donated shoes have certainly been traveling, both locally and internationally. About 200 of the 3100 pairs were given to programs in our local communities where men and women, who have been struggling with homelessness, drugs and/or mental illness, are now able to return to school or work. Having a practical, nice pair of shoes makes a big difference in their self-esteem.

 

The vast majority of shoes went to Funds2orgs (also a nonprofit organization) and from there the shoes were delivered to several third-world countries. In those countries, the shoes are used to teach shoe-making and shoe repair skills. This is also an effort to help townspeople and villagers to begin small independent businesses. Funds2orgs staff remain in touch with the organizers in those countries.

 

Many of you also participated in 2015 when HHUG Members did this for the first time…that was a learning experience! In that year, we received 3200 pairs of shoes and a donation from Funds2orgs of $1350.

 

YOUR COLLECTIVE DONATIONS FOR 2015 AND 2017 AMOUNTED TO 6300 PAIRS OF SHOES AND A SIGNIFICANT MONETARY DONATION TO HHUG OF $2560!

OUR SINCERE THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO PARTICIPATED!

 

PS:  HHUG Members have decided not to hold this fundraiser again. The challenge of handling, packaging and storing 6300 pairs of shoes exceeded our expectations.

 

 

GARDENA HIGH SCHOOL - HEALTHY START CLINIC

HHUG proudly supports the Healthy Start Clinic at Gardena High School, which serves students in their efforts to stay in school and thrive, despite sometimes overwhelming obstacles. Gardena High’s clinic, where all services are free, receives around 2500 visits each school year and offers immunizations, sports physicals, psychological services and general medical care. There is a nurse on staff; a doctor visits regularly; therapists offer counseling, and at the heart, is a Healthy Start Navigator.  Although the stated mission of her position is to connect students and their families with needed services from community agencies, she also works to meet unique needs, such as diapers and supplies for students with babies, dress clothes for Prom, help with college applications and, perhaps most importantly, a sympathetic ear.

 

Some of the students who stop by the clinic are homeless, living in shelters or cars or couch-surfing at the homes of friends. They often come to school hungry and HHUG helps provide snacks and restaurant gift cards with a quarterly monetary grant and in-kind donations from our members and friends. We also donate needed school and hygiene supplies. It is deeply rewarding to support this safe, warm, welcoming haven for students who might otherwise not be able to continue their education.

 

 

 

2017 MSC WINTER PROJECT UPDATE

2018-2019 MSC PROJECTS

 

2017 was HHUG’s 5th year of participating in the Winter Project for the Long Beach Multi-Service Center (MSC).  Through the generosity of donations from friends of HHUG and our members themselves, in early December 2017, HHUG delivered over 50 boxes of gently used jackets, hand knit scarves and caps, new socks, underwear and warm sweatpants for both men and women along with personal hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, adult diapers, and feminine hygiene products. We also delivered a variety of easy access snack foods such as protein bars, peanut butter and crackers, Vienna sausage, and canned fruit.  Some of these items are distributed immediately, others are distributed on an as-needed basis during the course of the year as case workers meet and work with homeless individuals and families.

 

As they have for many years, MSC staff distributed the warm clothing to their clients during the week prior to Christmas.

 

There was also a special treat for everyone of holiday refreshments of coffee, hot chocolate, pastries and home-made cookies. HHUG members were invited to participate in this holiday event by helping to serve the refreshments and distribute the socks, scarves and caps. The staff, homeless clients and HHUG members also gathered by the Christmas tree to sing Christmas carols. It was heartwarming to witness the excitement and gratitude expressed by these clients.

 

2018 - 2019 MSC Projects

 

Our 2018 projects for MSC will include continuing our bi-monthly deliveries of clean used towels, soap, shampoo and other personal hygiene projects and the Winter Project in December 2018. In January 2019, HHUG will partner with MSC and participate in the County-wide homeless count – Everyone Counts. HHUG donates new socks, easy access snack food items and personal hygiene projects for distribution by volunteers who go out in the community to count and interview the homeless. HHUG members have also actively participated in the Count.

 

You Can Help!

 

Please contact a HHUG member or call our Office at 562.496.4659 if you have any items to donate for these projects or have any questions.

 

 

Oh How Scrumptious!!

Reflections on 2017 and An Invitation for 2018

 

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 members of Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG), along with Family, Friends and Associates, once again met at Applebee’s Neighborhood Restaurant in Lakewood, California for a FlapJack Fundraiser Breakfast. There we feasted on Pancakes, Sausage, Country Potatoes, Eggs, Juice and Coffee. We enjoyed the meal and many of us went back for seconds.

 

We were pleased to have our neighborhood family partners from King Elementary School join us. There were in excess of 25 family members from six families in attendance. The family members consisted of parents, grandparents and siblings. They seemed to have enjoyed the breakfast and we were delighted to have them participate.

 

We were grateful for the assistance from HHUG’s family members and other guests who worked with HHUG members in performing the many needed tasks. Those much appreciated volunteers arrived early for the morning orientation and worked throughout the event.

 

In addition to the delicious breakfast, a raffle game was held which afforded our guests an opportunity to win prizes donated by members of HHUG. The raffle was conducted by an enthusiastic HHUG member along with the assistance of guest volunteers. It was an enjoyable morning! We invite you to join us this year, as we once again convene for our Annual Applebee’s Flapjack Breakfast on

 

Saturday, April 28, 2018 and Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

 

We are travelling to a new Applebee’s this year, so we are hoping to see you at the new Signal Hill location:

 

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 899 Spring Street, Signal Hill, California 90755.

In 2017, HHUG had two fundraisers at the iconic Domenico’s Italian Restaurant in Long Beach. Thanks to your support and participation we raised over $700.

 

Everyone had such a great time we’ve decided to have two more in 2018. Mark your calendars for June 27 and November 14, 2018 to join us at Domenico’s  from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.The concept is so easy – all you need to do is EAT, and, of course, pay the bill. Domenico’s will donate 25% of your total check to HHUG – this includes dining in,  bar bill and take out. Please present the attached flyer to your server. You get a delicious meal and the resulting donation helps those in need in our local communities.

Everyone wins!

click here to view and download printable flyer

2018 Domenico's Italian Restaurant Fundraiser

Community Involvement

Events - Projects - Programs - Partners

 

Community involvement is the heart and soul of our organization. Each project, partnership and grant recipient represents another way in which our efforts touch the lives of those who really are in need.

 

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Join Us

 

HHUG WELCOMES YOU TO VISIT, FIND OUT MORE ABOUT US!!

We are always looking for new members. Our Mission and Vision Statements define our purpose and goals as a non-profit organization.

 

Integrity, diversity, respect, tolerance, self-reliance, humor, commitment, cooperation and enthusiasm are values shared by our members. HHUG is eager to welcome new members who wish to be a part of this effort.

 

Please contact us for more information: 562.496.4659

email address: hhug@earthlink.net

Mailing address:

HHUG, 2892 North Bellflower Blvd., Suite 357, Long Beach, CA 90815

How You Can Help

 

Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the lives of those within our communities who are affected by homelessness and mental illness. Many situations involve families and children at risk.

 

 

With help from friends and donors like you, HHUG Members work with individuals and local organizations to raise funds, provide monetary grants, develop referrals, fill requests for those who “fall through the cracks” and act promptly to meet community needs.

 

YOU CAN HELP!  HHUG is a Non-profit organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (ID# 45-3987303) and State of California (No. 3233508). When you do make a gift (money, time, goods, ideas), you WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

 

 

If you wish to make a contribution, you are welcome to:

 

DONATE MONEY: Please complete the form at the end of this page, make your check payable to “HHUG” and mail to the Post Office address shown. For your convenience, HHUG now offers a secure PayPal option for those who wish to use it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATE ITEMS: Items such as travel-size personal hygiene products (shampoo, lotion, soap), gently used clean towels and wash cloths, new disposable razors and baby supplies, including infant and toddler diapers, are always welcome. Please contact our HHUG Office at 562.496.4659 to arrange for a drop-off or a pick-up. We use private, family cars to transport these items. If you have large items, please contact us first to see if any of our programs have a specific need for those items before arranging for transportation.

 

DONATE VIA SMILE.AMAZON: Smile.Amazon.com is a way to shop with Amazon and donate to your favorite charity at the same time. You simply go to Smile.Amazon.com, register and select your charity of choice from their drop down list of charities. Next step – Shop! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the prices of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charity of your choice. Of course, we hope your charity of choice will be Hearts and and Hands United in Giving, Long Beach, CA (HHUG). AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon – same products, same prices and same service. By shopping through AmazonSmile your purchases will translate to donations to HHUG. Now that really is a WIN-WIN situation.

 

DONATE TIME AND IDEAS: Please contact our HHUG Office at 562.496.4659 or send us an e-mail at hhug@earthlink.net.

 

Thank you for your concern, trust and investment for the well-being of the needy.

 

 

 

Become a “Friend of HHUG:” See "Friends of HHUG" below to learn more.

 

Become a Participating Member of HHUG: We are always looking for new members. Should you wish to visit a meeting, just let us know.

 

For more information about any of the above (including pick-up and drop-off arrangements for donated goods), please call HHUG at 562.496.4659.

Participating Members of HHUG

 

HHUG Members are committed to serving our communities, focusing on people whose needs often include help regarding homelessness, mental illness, a lack of basic necessities, health care, education and housing. Members contribute their time, energy and personal involvement with specific projects. The number of projects and programs being supported each year continues to grow and we are dedicated to raising funds to meet those needs.

 

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Friends of HHUG

 

In support of HHUG’s Mission, our projects and activities, some volunteers have provided on-going donations of time, services, and/or financial support. To recognize these unique contributing volunteers, we created the "Friends of HHUG." Each of our “Friends” has gone out of his/her way to offer additional help, often investing his/her own personal time and money. We are indebted to these volunteers. If interested in becoming a “Friend of HHUG,please contact HHUG at 562.496.4659.

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Effective November 13, 2012, the IRS approved our Tax Exempt Status and we are now a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.

This was a rather challenging journey but we are excited about the possibilities this now opens for us

to support more of those in need of services in our communities.

Thank you all for taking this journey with us and encouraging us along the way.

Committees

 

We have several projects going on at any one time. Our Members work together as-needed and/or we have a smaller group do the preliminary work which is then presented to us all for discussion. We all know, 'many hands spread out the work, we do it more quickly and we get more done."

 

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About Us

 

HHUG was a dream in November 2005 and has developed into a small, socially responsible, community-based organization, with a continuing vision that fuels our growth and financial resources so that we might better support those who are underserved. HHUG is based on the concept of a Giving Circle, which often begins with a small network of friends who share a common interest in a social cause and a desire to make a positive impact in their community in support of that cause.

 

click here for more information


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Phone: 562.496.4659

 

Mailing Address: 2892 North Bellflower Blvd, Suite 357, Long Beach, CA 90815

 

Email: hhug@earthlink.net

 

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HHUG is a Non-profit organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (ID# 45-3987303) and State of California (No. 3233508).