There are many organizations around Long Beach that could use your helping hand this holiday season. Did you know that in addition to benefiting others and the community, volunteering can actually benefit you as well? Volunteering can boost your life satisfaction, confidence, and overall well-being. Here are just a few organizations that you choose to volunteer at:
Assistance League of Long Beach
It’s a nonprofit corporation that identifies and delivers philanthropic services, helping children and adults in the Long Beach Community. The numerous philanthropic programs include providing low-cost orthodontic care and new school uniforms for children in need; scholarships for deserving California State University, Long Beach, and Long Beach City College students; school tours of the Howard and Asian Art Collection; basic reading skills instruction for K-1 students having difficulty learning; and the Kids on the Block puppet presentations.
Operation Jump Start
Celebrating over 25 years of turning college dreams into reality for Long Beach Youth. Operation Jump Start helps first-generation students get in and graduate from four-year colleges. They are looking for mentors to work with students.
Long Beach Rescue Mission
The Long Beach Rescue Mission serves the emergency needs of the hungry and homeless of the greater Long Beach area through shelter and food services, rehabilitation programs, spiritually-based counseling, education, and job skills classes in addition to transitional housing. Their doors are open 365 days a year, which means they need plenty of people. With so many options – from serving meals or playing worship music to mentoring and tutoring the people in their New Life Program.
Ronald McDonald House Long Beach
Ronald McDonald House is a place where families can stay together while caring for a critically ill child. Hundreds of volunteers over the years have helped in a variety of ways, including one-time group volunteer activities, helping staff special House events, and helping support day-to-day House operations and projects.
AIDS Food Store Long Beach
AIDS Food Store is the longest-serving HIV/AIDS food provider in Southern California and has been in operation since 1985. The organization helps assure that people in the Long Beach area living with HIV/AIDS disabilities are never without food, love, and support. Volunteers are needed for the Grocery Distribution Days on select Tuesdays or Saturdays, or at one of their special events.
Fisher House Southern California
VA Long Beach Healthcare System Fisher House is a beautiful home away from home for the families of Veterans and military service members receiving care at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. The Fisher House provides temporary lodging in a comfortable and relaxed setting, only steps away from the medical facility. Guests can stay at the Fisher House at no cost for as long as their loved one is hospitalized.
Long Beach Animal Care Services
If animals hold s special place in your heart, consider volunteering for the Long Beach Animal Care Services. They protect and shelter homeless companion animals, place animals in humane environments, and promote responsible pet ownership and reduce animal overpopulation. The shelter relies heavily on volunteers.
Women Shelter of Long Beach
The Women Shelter of Long Beach has been helping thousands of families overcome the trauma of domestic abuse since 1977. They assist victims and their families by providing safe housing, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, and much more. They offer a large variety of volunteer services, learn more on their website!
Mental Health America of Los Angeles
MHALA is a nonprofit organization that is near and dear to our hearts. In fact, we donate $200 of every home sale to MHALA to help support local citizens with mental health needs. MHALA works to ensure that people with mental health challenges receive the care they need and achieve meaningful lives.
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