We believe that the best way to build civic pride is by participating in community. Our events, website and social media efforts support our values of community, participation, and positivity. I Heart Yakima is a 100% volunteer 501c4 NonProfit Organization, currently under the leadership of Jessica Camacho, Eva Chavez, Jessica Moskwa Hawkins, Bridget Russel, Laura Schlect.
IT STARTED WITH A LETTER
Founders Bridget Russel, Jessica Moskwa Hawkins, and Laura Schlect launched I Heart Yakima (IHY) in 2012 at the Yakima Valley’s first PechaKucha event, hosted by Mighty Tieton. Their 20x20 presentation was a love letter to Yakima. Hundreds of people then wrote their own love letters, and the IHY was official! IHY launched its website, Facebook page, and began selling the Love Letter Broadsides (printed and designed by Paper Hammer) and its first T-shirts in the signature poppy color.
CELEBRATING THE PEOPLE OF YAKIMA
In March 2013, IHY established itself as the hosts for PechaKucha Night Yakima. There have since been many PechaKucha Nights, which have highlighted makers, business owners, innovators, farmers, community members, and volunteers. PechaKucha Night Yakima aims to be a gathering place for community members who want to envision the Yakima of the future, and connect with the people who are making it happen.
24 HOURS IN YAKIMA
Driven to create and share positive content about Yakima, IHY teamed up with a talented crew to highlight some of Yakima’s best features in a short video. IHY kicked off 2014 with a Kickstarter campaign to fund that video. The first cut of “24 Hours in Yakima” debuted at a Premiere Party in February 2014. The generosity of the community (49 backers pledged $7,886!) allowed IHY to create a richer “24 Hours in Yakima: Extended Cut” which many local businesses use a promotional tool. The first ever IHY Holiday Party was also held in 2014. It was a great opportunity for folks to buy IHY merch, while supporting civic pride and interacting with their neighbors and friends.
IHY has continued to host PechaKucha Nights and launch new t-shirt designs, and has also advocated for community participation via its Facebook and Instagram posts (are you following us yet?!). You can shop online for merch, or shop in person starting Sept 5 (Wed-Fri 3-6om) at the Larson Gallery @ The Seasons (101 N. Naches Ave, Yakima). The group remains committed to its mission to build pride in Yakima. Look for new merch and the next PechaKucha night and our Inside Out project!
All T-shirt Concepts by I Heart Yakima, supported with design by Think All Day.
24 Hours in Yakima... Watch the Video!