A PERPETUAL EVENT
The LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR program is a practical, meaningful undertaking fueled by old and new partners in the community. This perpetual event is based on filling current needs in a sustainable way to the underserved in Palm Beach County, Florida. The goal of the LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR program is that leads to self-sufficiency.
♥️ LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR MEETS IMMEDIATE NEEDS
The Office of Community Revitalization services the community with food deliveries accompanied by Covid-19 test kits as well as other needed goods.
♥️ LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR OFFERS SUSTAINABILITY
Along with The Office of Community Revitalization‘s food delivery, THE IN-CROWD Partners help to collect the featured goods of the month. These goods are chosen by community request. Examples of these goods include: computer equipment, small kitchen appliances, home goods and furnishings, clothing, baby items. They may also include flower and vegetable seeds for gardening.
♥️ LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR OFFERS SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Give a person a fish, they eat for a meal. Teach a person to fish, giving them a fishing rod and they can eat for a lifetime! THE IN-CROWD’s LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and Building Bridges programs provide the “fishing rod.”
♥️ LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR OFFERS FREE EDUCATION
THE IN-CROWD University (ICU) is a FREE, unaccredited, informal school offering online classes. THE IN-CROWD University subjects help people acquire the tools to improve their living conditions.
Classes include: English as a Second Language, Master Gardening, Employment Preparation and MORE! Classes are available in English, Spanish, Creole, and other languages when required.
On June 1st, 2022 The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners bestowed THE IN-CROWD with a Proclamation.
This Proclamation declared February 13th – 19th, 2022 was deemed
“The In-Crowd Partnership’s
Love Your Neighbor Week“
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT ● HOMELESS KITCHEN
Love Your Neighbor projects often unfold when a Community Partner contacts THE IN-CROWD and offers to provide goods and/or services to the community.
In this case, Ms. Chrystelle Martin, the former Vice President of Palm Beach Indivisibles started a kitchen to serve homeless in Boynton Beach, Florida. Chrystelle Martin’s self created Love Your Neighbor Project was to cook a Valentine’s Day dinner of rice and tomato sauce for about 30 people.
THE IN-CROWD put out a call for ingredients. That’s when another generous Community Partner, Sub-Culture, answered the call with several hundred pounds of rice and 50 large cans of tomato sauce. Sub-Culture also delivered the donated ingredients to their destination. In this case, this Boynton Beach location will have ingredients that will last for several months, reaping an incredible outcome considering the request.
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT ● SAN CASTLE COMMUNITY
The San Castle Community is one of the Palm Beach County’s underserved communities. San Castle was chosen as the representative neighborhood to receive the first shipments of merchandise during the Love Your Neighbor Valentine’s Day event. THE IN-CROWD’s core Partners, the Office of Community Revitalization along with Palm Beach Harvest stepped up to volunteer their goods and services in order to help the San Castle Community.
The Office of Community Revitalization along with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Officers helped to coordinate and deliver food, clothing, home goods and children’s items. Palm Beach Harvest provided for the food distribution. The intention was to make this food delivery special by enhancing it with clothing, small appliances, household items, children’s items, diapers, games, toys and useful goods of all kinds.
The San Castle Community has an exceptional leader in Ms. Bonnie Hodges Leech. Bonnie knows where the needs are in her community and she volunteered to see to it that the available donations were distributed best where they were most needed. Bonnie also traveled to Delray Beach and picked up a few carloads herself to deliver to her community.
THE IN CROWD is proud to partner with Bonnie Hodges Leech, Sand Castle Community, The Office of Community Revitalization, Palm Beach Harvest and Palm Beach Sheriffs Office and thanks them for their outstanding volunteerism and service to our community.
On February 13th, 2022 THE IN-CROWD along with core Partners Palm Beach County Office of Community revitalization, Palm Beach Harvest and Palm Beach County Sheriffs were able to deliver much needed food, clothing, housewares and children’s items to the San Castle Community.
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT ● GATEWAY TO HOUSING FOOD DRIVE
Gateway To Housing offered a Food Drive as their Love Your Neighbor Week project. They selected the Lucaya Delray community as their location for the drive.
Gateway To Housing’s core Partners, the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition, Inc. along with Housing Foundation of America, Inc. provided for food from the Palm Beach Harvest.
THE IN-CROWD rallied Sub-Culture to help with more food distribution. The Delray Beach Police Department also stepped up to volunteer their services in order to help the Lucaya Delray community.
Gateway To Housing made this food delivery special by enhancing it with resources about housing. These valuable resources included helpful information about first time home buying education.
Gateway To Housing has an exceptional leader in Ms. Merline St. Louis. Merline knows where the needs are in Palm Beach County underserved communities. She took action and volunteered to see that the available donations were distributed best where they were most needed.
THE IN CROWD is proud to partner with Merline St. Louis of Gateway To Housing, West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition, Inc., Housing Foundation of America, Inc., Palm Beach Harvest, Sub-Culture and the Delray Beach Police Department. THE IN-CROWD thanks them for their outstanding volunteerism and service to our community.
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT ● COUNTRY CLUB ACRES GARDEN
Country Club Acres is one of the Palm Beach County’s underserved communities that wanted to create a garden for their community.
THE IN-CROWD connected Let Clutter Go‘s Kathy Andio with a representative for Country Club Acres Community Garden, Sarah Hiers. Kathy Andio offered to meet with the Sarah Hiers at Country Club Acres. The goal was to have one of Kathy’s Let Clutter Go clients donate garden supplies for good use.
Let Clutter Go‘s Kathy Andio helps people and organizations get organized while letting their clutter go. In this case, one of Kathy’s Let Clutter Go clients was able to donate some much needed garden tools. Sarah Hiers and Country Club Acres were the recipients. The donated tools included a wheelbarrow, shovels, hoe, rake, broom, hoses, trash bins, oil can and sprayers. With the help of Master Gardener Dr. Deborah Coney, these tools will be put to great use in order to build Country Club Acres Community Garden.
On July 15th, 2022 THE IN-CROWD connected Let Clutter Go with Sarah Hiers of Country Club Acres in order to donate garden supplies. These much needed supplies will help to transform the Country Club Acres Community Garden with the help of Dr. Deborah Coney, Master Gardener.
The LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR perpetual event is open to all who want to participate! The kick-off is Feb 18th, 2022, and will continue on the 3rd Friday of every month.
Please contact us for more information.