The Heart of Giving, Inc. is a 501c3
The Heart of Giving is an outreach organization that encourages the community to come together in unity, with one heart, to be a willing blessing through unconditional acts of giving. We feel that it is our responsibility to touch hearts and change lives through using the opportunities to give unto others. Through our organization, we work as an extended resource to other non-profit agencies and churches to provide them with tangible items for free that they cannot obtain themselves for their needy clients. By providing these tangible items, we build relationships with love, unity, and support. In the past, our organization has operated solely through local and regional Facebook pages, but in the past three years, we have expanded our outreach to include working as a resource to over 40 local agencies and non-profits.
Since our conception six years ago, our Facebook pages have grown to over 75,000 members in four different states that bless each other for FREE with tangible items such as clothing, housewares, furniture, food, baby items, vehicles, and more. In the Hampton Roads area alone, we have about 33,000 members and growing daily! We have a volunteer administrative team of twenty-six people who oversee the daily workings of the pages twenty-four hours a day.
Behind the scenes of Facebook and “on the ground”, we utilize our IMPACT Teams in Hampton Roads, Delaware, and Texas. These teams are composed of volunteers who work four to six days a week picking up and blessing out furniture, decor, clothing, hygiene products, linens, and housewares to clients or homeless drives of the above agencies. We do not sell any of items that we receive in as donations. All items are given for free.
We also provide direction to those who need help with financial and housing assistance. Hundreds of people a month, many homeless, come to us seeking out assistance that we do not offer. We are then able to provide them with the contact information for the agencies that can. Although we cannot provide them with housing, we are able to tell them how to go about getting into a shelter or a temporary home. This includes encouragement and follow-up to make sure they have followed the needed steps to complete a successful contact.
While we do not provide medical care, we have partnered up with the local clinics to allow our members easier access to health and dental services. We do not want to reinvent the wheel, but extend ourselves to work together with the resources that the community already has and then provide what those resources do not.
We help a large population of elderly through both our pages and our agencies. We have blessed to them with refrigerators, stoves, kitchen appliances, cleaning products, clothing, linens, and more. Through food donations of local businesses, we have also provided perishables to several local independent living facilities. We additionally understand how important it is to the elderly to keep a close connection with their pets, so through an extension of our organization, The Heart of Rescue, we have made contacts that donate pet food, grooming services, and pet supplies for free.
We currently have a storage area here in Newport News where we keep and bless out our incoming donations daily, but our requests for help from other agencies and our intake of donations has increased so much that we are outgrowing our space. We have large free giveaways three to four times a year, but are unable to continue these giveaways without adequate funding for a larger building and parking lot. We are seeking assistance and/or funding from local business owners or organizations to find a building with electricity and parking where we can not only store our donations, but also house a free blessings storefront open more than just a few times a year.
We have seen so many families living below the poverty level, doing their best to survive and make ends meet. We come to encourage them to help one another to get those needs met. We have experienced many lives being changed through giving within these last five years. Our members are building a stronger relationship within their communities through unity, love, trust, and support. When they see a need, they help meet it. When they have a need, they receive the hope that someone out there cares for them.
As we interact with families and those going through hardships in our communities on a daily basis, we see the needs that challenge them. Our heart is to help them get their needs met