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Catalyst Speech Contest / Community Potluck / Whittier Free Store & Artisan Work Lab Open


Catalyst Speech Contest


Catayst is hosting a speech contest with cash prizes!

Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 12:00PM Potluck, 1:00PM speeches
Location: 12907 Hadley Street, Whittier, CA 90601

Speech Topic: "Building Community Through Sharing"
Speech Duration: 5-7 mins


1st Place: $100
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25

**prize money will be given in the form of a check.

Community Potluck

Join us for our monthly community potluck prior to the soft opening of the Artisan Work Lab and the opening hours of the Whittier Free Store! The potluck will be from 12:00pm - 3:00pm in the downstairs courtyard area. Bring any dish or food item (if you are able) that you would like to share. Meet the staff and volunteers for Catalyst and the Whittier Free Store. Meet other members of the community. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP at

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Artisan Work Lab Open

The Artisan Work Lab will be open today from 1pm - 5pm for FREE PLAY.

We’ll have supplies out for xmas card making.


Whittier Free Store Open

This month, we've set out some special holiday and Christmas items as well as warm clothing for the winter season!

The Whittier Free Store will be open from 1:00pm - 5:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month (refer to calendar for specific dates). Become a member of the Whittier Free Store; membership is free and only involves a brief orientation to learn how we do things. Since the free store is located upstairs, we apologize that it is not accessible for individuals with certain disabilities. However, if you send email to in advance, we may be able to work with you to make other accommodations.

Donations are welcome! You may bring up to 1 or 2 bags or boxes of items - whatever you are able to safely carry by yourself up the stairs in one trip. We accept clothing, household items, cookware, toys, small appliances, and other items that can fit in our small shop. We cannot accept furniture or bulky items at this time (yes, even if you can carry it by yourself in one trip!).

Everyone (with free membership) is welcome to shop the free store at no cost and may choose 2 items. Donating is not required in order to shop. If you bring in a donation, you may choose an extra item to receive. Supporting Members may also choose an additional item and can shop from the Supporting Members section. There is also an Unlimited Items area where everyone can choose to receive without limit. If you bring an item for the potluck, you may choose an extra item as well.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Artisan Work Lab Volunteer Staff - require commitment to show up when scheduled, 12:30pm - 5:30pm shift on the 1st, 2nd, and/OR 3rd Sundays. These positions involve check-in and supervision of the makerspace.

  • Whittier Free Store Volunteer Staff - requires commitment to show up when scheduled, 12:30pm - 5:30pm shift on the 1st, 2nd, and/OR 3rd Sundays. These positions involve check-in, check-out, inventory processing.

  • General Volunteers - flexible schedule, as needed. Sign up for specific tasks: sweeping; bathroom cleaning; trash; courtyard cleaning (sweeping/raking); untangling hangers; designing store displays; ceiling tiles; handyman/woman tasks; sort and identify items from inventory for WFS, overstock donations, or Artisan Work Lab; helping to clean out and organize rooms (Artisan Work Lab and Tool Library rooms); and other tasks.

  • Event Volunteers - monthly, as needed. Sign up to help set up/take down tables and chairs, EZ-ups, check in table, organize food/drinks tables, signage, and other things as needed during monthly potluck events or special events.

To sign up, send email to

Earlier Event: November 25
Volunteer Day Off