Catalyst Network of Communities (Whittier, CA)


  • Name:Megan Hobza
  • Title:Regional Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Catalyst Network of Communities
  • Address:6355 Greenleaf Ave
    Whittier, CA 90601
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:562-457-0450
  • Main fax:562-693-2236

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  • Mission:
  • The Whittier Time Bank helps people build and share their skills in support of neighborliness, community self-reliance, and earth justice.

    Whittier Time Bank is now a project of Catalyst Network of Communities. Catalyst is a nonprofit social impact organization which helps people connect, collaborate, and share resources.
    "Connect and Affect"

  • Overview:
  • At Catalyst Network of Communities, we see cities experiencing a greater sense of community, collaboration, and citizenship through meaningful relationships.

    COMMUNITY – the tangible experience of relationships within connected people.

    COLLABORATION – the cooperative partnerships of individuals and organizations around a common interest or purpose.

    CITIZENSHIP – the expression of hospitality towards our neighbors and the participation of residents in shaping our community.

    Building relationships is core to our community development efforts – from both the bottom and the top – through the “underground” with the people-structures (social networks and local organizations) and “above the ground” with the power-structures (city government and established institutions). A common cause may bring people together, but it’s relationships that keep people together. We catalyze meaningful relationships that build trust in each other to produce connectivity. It is a slower, patient yet sustainable and long-lasting approach to more effectively bridging our community together.

    We see the culture and climate of our city reinvented – where individuals find it easier to connect with social and volunteer opportunities, community groups naturally collaborate on projects of shared interest, and citizens and organizations share resources freely. We see leaders with a sense of camaraderie and residents with a sense of genuine care for one another. We see local businesses actively supporting local projects that contribute to a healthy and vibrant city. We see a community of catalysts – change agents that, when inspired, empowered, and resourced, develop innovative solutions to global and local problems.

    Whittier Time Bank:

    The Whittier Time Bank facilitates skill-sharing and skill-building to promote reciprocity and community self-reliance. The Whittier Time Bank operates on the truth that every person has something to give. Time banking's system of reciprocal exchange means that recipients of service are also providers of service.

    Our vision is to create a more self-reliant community through neighborly sharing, volunteerism, education, and sustainable practices.

    Our programs include the Neighborhood Work Exchange, a group of volunteers who earn service credits (Time Dollars) for providing professional or neighborly services to other members. Time Dollars can also be traded for education in our hands-on skill-building workshops offered in collaboration with Trade School LA and the UC Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers. Workshops have included canning, yogurt-making, fruit tree grafting, beekeeping, biodiesel, etc. Neighborhood Work Exchange members have also leveraged time dollars to organize backyard farms, fruit picks, a Free Café, and more.

    Sustainable Whittier:

    The Whittier Time Bank e-newsletter, now entering its fourth year of publication and serving over 800 subscribers, was renamed Sustainable Whittier and is available as a local news kiosk to promote events that benefit the community. The newsletter's mission is connecting people to skill building & sharing events for community self-reliance & earth justice.

    Whittier Free Store & Artisan Work Lab:

    The Whittier Time Bank / Catalyst Network of Communities merger resulted from building Make Space: Free Store & Artisan Work Lab, upgrading two unused classrooms with community members to house this new sharing economy initiative.

    Rather than letting unused belongings take up space in our homes, sit in storage, or make their way into the waste stream, a Free Store offers the alternative to pass them on to others who could make good use of them.

    The Whittier Free Store, a project of the Whittier Time Bank and Catalyst Network of Communities, will act as a vehicle for neighbors sharing their unused goods. The Free Store will also divert the waste stream into the Artisan Work Lab, a small business incubator, artisan tool library, and co-work space.

    The Artisan Work Lab opens in 2016. Artisans are invited to use Free Store waste stream materials and transform them into art and artisan work.

    Tool suites will support upcycled fashion/costume, adornment/decor, furniture redesign, printmaking, etc. The Work Lab will connect artists with mentors, art and commerce workshops, and other business-building resources.

    The classrooms housing our project have sat empty since 1972. Now, as a permanent resident and partner of The Whole Place at First Christian Church, the Free Store is reactivating them for the benefit of the Whittier community.

    The Whole Place at First Christian Church is a community possibility engine championing wholeness and social justice. The Whole Place also shares free space with emerging nonprofits for community events and meetings. Whole Place board members include Whittier's First Day, Intercommunity Counseling Center, Whittier Area Literacy Council, CAPC, Inc., and CEA-HOW.

  • History:
  • Catalyst’s history with the Whittier Time Bank: The Whittier Time Bank was founded in 2010 by project director Megan Hobza. Throughout 2014, the Whittier Time Bank board discussed re-branding to reflect the time bank's work in sharing, skill-building, local food access, community-supported agriculture, waste stream diversion, leadership training, and coalition-building. An invitation to merge with Catalyst Network of Communities -- the Time Bank’s primary partner in the Whittier Free Store project -- resolved this question. In 2015, the Whittier Time Bank became a project of Catalyst Network of Communities.

    History of the Whittier Free Store: The Whittier Free Store emerged from the Whittier Time Bank Summer 2014 Youth Leadership Program, which trained local youth ages 11-17 in leadership skills, including planning and executing community events for neighborly sharing and environmental justice. The program’s first event planned by youth, titled “Imagination Factory,” was held at First Christian Church in Uptown Whittier. This sharing event included a potluck, talent show and a free community exchange where people brought unused items to share with others.The free community exchange was managed by program co-facilitator and Whittier Time Bank board member Sharon Moisieff, who also founded and directs the Long Beach Free Store, a project of Catalyst Network of Communities.

    Inspired by the success of the Imagination Factory free community exchange, First Christian Church set the wheels in motion for the creation of a Whittier Free Store: The church extended an offer of Free Store space in their Education Building on Hadley Street.

    Origins of Catalyst: We were incorporated in April 2006 as Catalyst Long Beach, founded by Eric Leocadio, to promote nonprofit sustainability and build nonprofit leaders. Some highlights of activities we’ve done in the past include:

    In 2006, we began cultivating relationships with emerging and existing leaders.

    In 2009, hosted the first annual Green Long Beach! Festival bringing together over 270 artists, performers, businesses, and organizations with only two and a half months of grassroots organizing. This festival has been organized for 4 years from 2009 – 2012.

    In 2009, we launched The HUB providing bike programming and services to the community, managed first by Pedal Movement (2009-10), then by EPK Vision (2010-12). In 2012, we recycled, refurbished, and redistributed over 300 bikes into the community.

    In 2009-2014, we organized several collaboratives comprised of individuals and organizations around shared interests for a common mission including Green Long Beach!, LBCreative!, and Pedal Movement.

    In 2010, we officially became the “Catalyst Network of Communities.”

    In 2010 – 2014, we hosted the Seven-Ten Swap offering a monthly community exchange and potluck.

    In 2010-2014, we have been offering a fiscal sponsorship program adopting unincorporated groups into our organization to function as Catalyst programs. We fiscally sponsored 41 groups including Long Beach Grows, Long Beach Time Exchange, Stellar Organizational Development, Eco-Fit, SoCal Harvest, Foodscape Long Beach, Conscious Community Project (Greener Good Farmers Markets), Powerhouse School for the Arts, Music, and Dance, Artists for Action, Riverside Food Forum, Mindful City Project, and Global Voices for Justice.

    In 2011 (to present), we launched the Long Beach Free Store as a program that creates spaces for people to donate items in good condition and for people to receive donated items.

    In 2013-2014, we launched the Catalyst Giving Chain project to inspire empathy and understanding between people.

    In 2014, we discontinued our fiscal sponsorship program so that we could focus on developing our organizational capacity and sustainability while operating a handful of projects more efficiently. Our mission remains the same (to help people connect, collaborate, and share resources) but our strategy has shifted to creating programs that inspire empathy and understanding.

    In 2014, we expanded the scope of our shared resources programming to include the Catalyst Free Stores, which comprises of multiple Free Store sites in Southern California.

    In 2014, we began partnering with the Teachers Association of Long Beach (TALB) by hosting a pop-up Free Store at the monthly First Fridays events at the TALB parking lot.

    In 2015, the Whittier Time Bank became a project of Catalyst Network of Communities, and Catalyst joined the administrative board at The Whole Place at First Christian Church, as the originator of the Whittier Free Store and Artisan Work Lab.

    **In its history, Catalyst and its programs have hosted dozens of other events not listed above.

  • Year established:2006
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:3
  • Staff size:1


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:20-4583660

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:204583660
  • Organization Name:CATALYST LONG BEACH INC
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  • Organization Address:PO BOX 50116
  • Organization City:LONG BEACH
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:90815-6116
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 2008
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
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  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:March, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:March
  • NTEE Code:S21
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
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  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 7:22:17 pm

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