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Catalyst 12th Anniversary Celebration

We are excited to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Catalyst Network of Communities! Established in April 2006 originally as Catalyst Long Beach, for the past 12 years we have worked to help create an environment that makes it easier for you to connect, collaborate, and share resources. Take a look at our History page here to see the impact we've had!

We plan to have live music and we will invite our community partners to set up an info table. If all goes according to plan, we hope to also unveil our new wall mural, as well as have our grand opening of the new Artisan Work Lab and the new Tool Library! As details develop, we'll update this event post.

The celebration will be at the Whittier Free Store located at 12907 Hadley Street (at Comstock), Whittier, CA 90601 in Uptown Whittier. 

If you would like to attend our celebration, please RSVP at freestore@gocatalyst.org.

Community Potluck

Join us for our monthly community potluck prior to 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.

Whittier Free Store is Open

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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 freestore@gocatalyst.org in advance, we may be able to work with you to make other accommodations.

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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.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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 volunteer@gocatalyst.org.

Earlier Event: April 1
Closed for Easter