Warm Up The City has evolved to a festival

Updated: May 22, 2019

Celebrating the pursuit of the American Dream

Everyone is trying to reach the American Dream, so much so that we forget to celebrate our present success and achievement.

"Success was never meant to be exclusive but inclusive" says Cornieta Whitfield, founder of Speak Life, "so it's imperative that every family feels the joy and excitement that is associated with celebrating them self as they obtain their personal success.

Cornieta who is a product of a single-parent and low-come home understands how hard her parents worked to ensure that she live the life they never got a change to live. Graduating as first in her family from high school, college and pursing her masters, she feels an urgency to give back to her community in this manner. Her goal is to one day provide scholarships and many more opportunities to this particular community.

The Vision of Warm Up The City

Warm Up the City – Danbury, presented by Speak Life Foundation, is an annual community

outreach event entering its fourth year in the City of Danbury. Through partnerships with various organizations and individuals around the city, we are able to collect warm clothing and hygienic items throughout the year, and then distribute those items to those in need during the event.

The birth of this event came about one night when Cornieta A. Whitfield awoke from a dream in the middle of the night. In the dream, she was passing by a group of homeless individuals suffering from a cold wintry night and did nothing about it. She awoke in the morning with this newfound ache in her heart and immediately began to brainstorm with her husband to see what they could do to help. With a few phone calls, some advice from local charities, and the help of their friends, they received a donation of 100 bags from Primark and filled them with socks, gloves, hats, and scarves donated from the community, through both direct and monetary


Because of people like you, Warm Up the City –Danbury has been able to help serve roughly 300 low-income and homeless families over the past three years.

We Need Your Help

This year, we would like to invite you to our Warm Up

the City – Danbury informational session. The event

will be held on Tuesday, June 11th at 6:00-7:00pm at

the Danbury Police Station, 375 Main Street, Danbury,


If you cannot attend the event but would still like to

donate, please visit www.theriverdanbury.org/warmupthecity and denote “Warm Up the

City.” We also welcome warm wear donations such as socks, gloves, hats, scarves, jackets and hygiene items for children & adults, to The River Church, 234 Main Street, Danbury, CT on Sundays from 3-5pm.

For more information, please contact Cornieta A. Whitfield via phone 203-707-9970 or email


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