2020 Fennie Community Fund
Legal-name: Local Hearts Foundation
Address: 1980 Golden Ave
City: Long Beach
Officer-title: Co-Founder of Foundation
Mission: At Local Hearts Foundation we strive to help the low income community by providing basic essentials and teach them how to reinvest in the community.
Grant-purpose: The purpose of the grant is to help pay for an incredibly needed van for the foundation.
How-many-individuals: over 7500 per year
What-is-project: The Local Hearts Foundation is a fit for this grant because it is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping the needy. Local Hearts Foundation has been helping the Long Beach community for almost a decade now and is currently at its growing point. The foundation has helped thousands of children in the past few years by providing them with backpacks filled with school supplies every year as well as clothing and shoes to start off the school year well prepared. Th foundation has also been helping relieve the economic toll the holidays may take on parents of the low income community by giving away thousands of toys each year as well as turkeys.
How-will-you-succeed: The grant will be used to help pay for a truck for the foundation. We know we have succeeded after buying the truck. The Local Hearts Foundation uses a hands-on approach to help the community. Every year we host 3 main events: our Back to School Drive, Our Thanksgiving Drive and our Christmas Drive. For all of these events we have to transport thousands of supplies. Throughout the year our founders also drive around the community handing out hygiene kits to the homeless. A truck would really help us be able to put everything in a single ca to deliver.
The program will continue on being funded through donations and sponsors. We currently have Diamond Supply as one of our sponsors and will continue on working hard to attain more.
Who-are-you: The Local Hearts Foundation started off in the trunk of Mr. Tito Rodriguez’s car. Both Mr. HJ CHONG and Mr. Tito Rodriguez have spent endless days and nights for the past few years fighting to bring attention to the needs of low income communities. The path to the impact they have had on thousands of lives began back in 2013. Mr. Rodriguez had the idea of driving around his community to provide the homeless with food and hygiene kits. It was also in 2013 that the first Diamond Christmas was launched impacting the lives of 30 kids but gradually increased to over 5,000. Mr. Rodriguez’s famous title of the “Hood Santa” was rightfully earned after driving around low income communities, knocking door to door dressed in a Santa costume and handing out Christmas wrapped toys to low income children.
The same process was used to personally deliver backpacks and school supplies to children. Through their one-on-one interactions with the community and children they made sure that the kids understood that through hard work and dedication they can achieve anything they set their minds to. While it all started off from the trunk of Mr. Rodriguez’s car, it was their collective dedication that has led to providing over 5,000 backpacks.