All posts by Danielle Potter Dague

Volunteer Spotlight

Why is it Important to be Involved in Your Neighborhood?

“We love our neighbors, our community, and this city. For our family, it is important to be present and to have a voice in the decisions and actions that will shape our future. Each of us has more power than we realize, to be a part of the change that we want to see. It’s our responsibility to promote the great elements within the neighborhood and help improve those sectors that are lacking.” – Adelita, Andrew & Juliana Lopez

*Adelita formed a Community Watch Group to connect Rose Park Residents and surrounding neighborhoods with each other and to community resources. Adelita and her husband Andrew constructed their own community garden with the help of Long Beach Community Table.

Nonprofit Spotlight

The Heart of Ida helps older adults preserve independent living, and brings comfort and cheer when assisted living is necessary.

“Working with our neighborhoods is critical. Nonprofits are the voice of the people we serve. If we are doing our job we should understand our community and their needs. We want people to know we are here and the services we provide.” – Dina Berg, Executive Director, Heart of Ida.

Heart of Ida offers several classes in the community to help with fall prevention by improving balance and physical performance. Attend a tai chi class at Rose Park every Tuesday from 8:15 – 9:15am.

The Heart of Ida is looking for volunteer dog walkers, handy men/women, office help, and other. If you’re interested in volunteering with the Heart of Ida, email Dina Berg at Learn more at