Spotlight on Love in the Mirror

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Love in the MirrorEverythingLongBeach.com recently spoke with Renee Corona, Co-Founder of Love in the Mirror, via email. They talked about the inspirations and challenges of running a nonprofit organization in Long Beach.

How long has Love in the Mirror been around? Did it start in Long Beach?

The organization was founded in Long Beach in 2009.

Describe Love in the Mirror. Tell us a little about your nonprofit, your mission, the people you serve or your goals.

Love in the Mirror is a charitable organization that strives to inspire young people to MAKE A DIFFERENCE through their volunteer commitment of providing needy and homeless youth basic necessities such as food, clothing and learning materials.

How is Love in the Mirror different from similar nonprofits?

Love in the Mirror was founded by 6 year old Jonas for kids in need.

How is Love in the Mirror involved with the community?

Love in the Mirror works with several organizations and shelters in the Long Beach area and donates items like clothes, food and school supplies to youth in need.

What are some of the biggest successes Love in the Mirror has had?

Jonas and Love in the Mirror has helped over 7,000 people since 2009 including gathering 1,700 pair of socks last winter.

What is the most rewarding part of running Love in the Mirror?

The most rewarding part of running Love in the Mirror is seeing the beautiful smiles of the children when they get a new backpack or teddy bear or a book they have never read. It makes all of our hard work worth it!

What are the challenges you face — as a nonprofit, as an advocacy group, or in your industry?

We are in need of a storage area and office space and as a non-profit, we are need of funding to make this happen. It is a challenge in today’s economy.

What are the future plans for Love in the Mirror?

Love in the Mirror hopes to raise awareness of youth homelessness and grow their Annual Toiletries Drive, Back to School Back Pack Drives and Sock Drives. We also hope to start a series of workshops for youth to teach them about the benefits of helping others.

Do you have any special events or fundraisers you’d like to tell us about?

Jonas Corona, a nine-year-old Long Beach resident and founder of Love in the Mirror, a non-profit which helps homeless youth, will be featured on ABC’s Hit Television Series, SECRET MILLIONAIRE.  The one-hour reality show follows some of America’s most successful business people for one-week as they leave the comforts of their homes and identities behind and move to some of the country’s most impoverished neighborhoods, to find the most deserving people within the community. Secret Millionaire Hilary DeCesare, CEO/co-founder of Everloop.com, a safe social media site for kids, posed as a volunteer and followed Jonas as he showed her how he has been helping the homeless community since he was just six-years-old.  You are invited to join Jonas and The Secret Millionaire at the Gaslamp Restaurant in Long Beach for a special premier event. This event is open to the public and is family friendly.

The event is Sunday, July 8, 2012, from 7pm-9pm at the Gaslamp Restaurant 251 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803.   For additional information contact Renee Corona (562) 355-2689 at info@loveinthemirror.org or visit the Love in the Mirror website.

About Love in the Mirror
Love in the Mirror is a charitable organization that strives to inspire young people to MAKE A DIFFERENCE through their volunteer commitment of providing needy and homeless youth basic necessities such as food, clothing and learning materials. Love in the Mirror is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Our Federal Tax Id is 27-1309206. For more info visit our website.

How can people get involved with Love in the Mirror? What do you need — volunteers, donations, etc?

We are always in need of volunteers to help out with our Annual Back Pack Drive during the summer and local businesses, churches or groups to host drives for donation drop offs. We are always in need of monetary donations. Love in the Mirror is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Our Federal Tax Id is 27-1309206. For more info visit our website.

What is the most inspiring advice that you received and who did it come from?

One of the most inspiring things someone ever said to Jonas was from his teacher Maggie at the New City School: “If you think you can do something, try your best and if you think you can’t just believe in yourself.”

One Last Thing:

Give hope and teach love.

Love in the Mirror Details:

Address: PO Box 7261 Long Beach CA 90807

Phone Number: 562-355-2689

Website: www.loveinthemirror.org

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