Our Vision: Connecting neighbors one block at a time.
Our Mission: To inspire & equip neighbors toward the good & the flourishing of all neighborhoods in Long Beach, Ca.
We Love Long Beach is a nonprofit 501c(3) with a vision for Connecting Neighbors One Block at a Time. WLLB started with sibling pair Robin, and Scott Jones in March 2008, when they realized that after two decades in their Belmont Shore neighborhood, they hardly knew any of their neighbors. The Jones’ saw this as a significant problem, so they made some flyers and invited their neighbors to a simple breakfast in their front yard. To their surprise, over fifty neighbors showed up.
"I met more neighbors that day than I had in the previous 25 years of living on my block." Robin recalls. "I had a feeling that many other people in my city were experiencing the same disconnect from their neighbors that I did."
Less than a year after the first breakfast, Adam Ferry joined the organization and became an integral part of the We Love Long Beach team. As our founding board member, Adam helped shape the mission and direction of the organization and continues as a passionate volunteer. In their first four years together, Adam, Robin, and Scott spearheaded over 20 free breakfasts around the city. It became clear in the process that there are thousands of neighbors in Long Beach who desire to feel connected and hope to experience a real sense of belonging in their neighborhood.
What We Love LB is About
We Love Long Beach is a catalyst of citywide neighborliness. Our desire is to create bonds of trust and care between neighbors, house by house, block by block throughout the city. We believe that each neighborhood has what it needs to build trust, increase safety and raise the quality of life. Even more, we believe there is an inherent, and untapped, abundance of gifts, talents, and wisdom within each of our neighborhoods just waiting to be shared.
We Love Long Beach is looking to partner with neighbors like you to build and strengthen the fabric of trust and relationship on your block. We believe neighborliness is the answer to many of the needs and problems that individuals, families, and communities face every day in our city. We invite you to host a We Love Long Beach event on your block, to become one of our many block connectors in your neighborhood, and to join with us as we together seek the good and the flourishing of all neighborhoods in Long Beach, CA.