"Stacy, thank you and your team for helping with this amazing, unifying effort to support our businesses. I was filled with pride at how the community stepped up to protect our business owners against another potentially heartbreaking loss. You are to be commended for your role and I am deeply appreciative."~ Lyn Semeta, Mayor of Huntington Beach 2020
Thank you very much Mayor Semeta, but you may direct your round of applause to the citizens of Huntington Beach! They say it "takes a village" and HB proved we've got what it takes!
Our goal at Unity Impact, over the past 20 days, was to come alongside downtown business owners to cover the impromptu costs of of protecting their livelihood after being financially impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents rallied to the cause and monies were raised to address those expenditures.
Over $6,000.00 was spent on 400+ pieces of plywood and lumber. Dozens upon dozens boxes of screws, nails, drill bits and other miscellaneous items were purchased to secure our merchants. Donuts, coffee and water, along with chips, snacks and chocolate were all donated to keep our volunteers smiling! :)
Here are just a few of the merchants our community efforts befriended:
Thanks to everyone's generous donations, Unity Impact has been able to reimbursed all but one community member. (We are looking forward to receiving her mailing address, so we can send her a check). Reimbursements checks were cut today, so those of you who submitted receipts, please watch your postal mailboxes.
Most know that Unity Impact is a grass-roots Huntington Beach 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We provide compassionate care to those needing assistance locally and beyond, through a collaborative effort of individuals, organizations and resources in our community.
We believe it takes a village to serve our neighbors: both local, in surrounding cites and in the states outside our borders. By partnering together, those "giving" what they can, our small community gestures, can then have a big society impact.
Thank you for making our mission a reality!
Stacy L. Massey
Unity Impact Founder
On March 15th, 2020, the governor of California ordered all "non-essential" businesses to close down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the intention at the time was to "flatten the curve" so as to not overwhelm our healthcare system, the impact on those who work in "non-essential" industries was fiscally and emotionally catastrophic.
Profits, from a nationwide sale of "ESSENTIAL" merchandise, offered through a local HB merchant, was gifted to Unity Impact. Those proceeds, in addition to monies collected from our online driven fundraiser, were used to support those impacted by a loss of income. Close to $3000 was distributed to local residents who needed help.
The profession people chose may or may have not, been deemed essential at the time, but the human spirit is always essential; Unity Impact stood with those in the time of uncertainty.
The Essential Movement was about ALL OF US!!
The Inaugural Huntington Beach Mayor's Ball was held on November 23, 2019 at the Waterfront Resort in Huntington Beach. It was a charity event which honored our outgoing Mayor, Mr. Erik Peterson and the nonprofits which he chose to bless. Over 260 people were in attendance and thousands were raised for our recipients.
This year's charities:
This endeavor will annually ...
This was a community effort bringing together the compassionate residents and businesses of Huntington Beach, in support of our neighbors who have been impacted by the government shutdown.
Let us clarify ...
It had NOTHING to do with politics, and EVERYTHING to do with offering a hand to those in our community.
This was the longest shutdown on record. Food was needed to feed our children, utility bills were due, rent money was needed, humans and animals need medical care, etc. Sadly, the lists are long.
Thank you to the residents who asked for assistance. Over $500 in needs were gifted to those who needed help.
Cards for Cali was a community event, which brought together the compassionate residents of Huntington Beach, and it's surrounding areas, in support of the victims of the November 2018 California Fires.
Gift cards were accepted to assist the many lives that were forever altered due to the fire devastation!
All types of gift cards were accepted, as everything was needed by those impacted.
Because not all gift cards are "marked" with a value, it was difficult to determine the total raised for the families of Paradise, California. Unity Impact estimates between $2000-3000.00.
Donation was made to the Paradise Rotary Club for distribution to the city's residents.
The purpose of this candlelight prayer vigil was for our community to come together to mourn and honor the lives lost in Las Vegas during the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, to stand in solidarity with the survivors, to heal as a community, and to open up dialog.
Unity Impact organized a candlelight vigil held in Huntington Beach on Sunday, October 8th at 6:30 pm. The names of the victims were read by members of the community as we honored the lives they lived. Media coverage of the event can be found on our "media" page!
Families impacted by the Vegas shooting were offered financial assistance, through contributions made to Unity Impact during the vigil and following the event.
Thank you to the two amazing Huntington Beach residents who began this great venture: Misty Blu and Candice Kay. Women with family in Texas, who they wished to help. What started as a "van full of stuff" for Texas, grew into a HB CommUNITY effort and convoy of trucks going to Texas on a Monday evening.
Unity Impact was honored to be involved in this project. Our goal was not only to spread the word of the #HBHelpsHouston efforts, but to continue to provide help for those that needed assistance both locally and beyond.
If you have any question, please call us or message us through our online contact form.
Unity Impact, Inc.
412 Olive Avenue #127, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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Unity Impact is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Our EIN# is: 82-2948888.
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