PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

3/18/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 031820-2
Subject:
City of Long Beach Announces Long Beach Disaster Relief Fund for COVID-19 Response
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Long Beach Community Foundation, proudly announces the activation of the Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund. Financial contributions can be made to assist members of the local community who have been critically impacted as a result of the current public health crisis.

“It’s time to come together and help those most vulnerable in our community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are proud to launch this fund to assist low income workers, seniors, small business owners, and others who need immediate relief and support. If you have the resources, please give to this fund.”

Donations to the Coronavirus Relief Fund will be used exclusively to assist Long Beach residents impacted by COVID-19 and are tax-deductible. Funding will be distributed to 501(C)3 nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations through a request for proposal process, which will be announced in the coming days on the Long Beach Community Foundation website.

Donations can be made by:

  • Text: Text “SupportLB” to 501-55 and follow the prompts to donate.
  • PayPal: Use PayPal online or the smartphone application to @SupportLB.
  • Credit Card: Visit longbeachcf.org to fill out the secure online form.
  • Check:  Check donations may be mailed to Long Beach Community Foundation, 400 Oceangate, Suite 800, Long Beach, CA 90802. Please write Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund in the memo section of your check.

“Our priority is to be as accessible as possible to receive donations. Any amount will help those in need,” said Long Beach Community Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Marcelle Epley. “In the coming days and weeks, we will grant funds to organizations that are most qualified to help people in our community that are impacted by COVID-19. Nonprofits can look to our website soon and apply for grant funding at longbeachcf.org.”

Funding will be available to organizations meeting the requirements of the Grant Application for purposes satisfying an identified community need.  Funding may change according to availability and need.

The City encourages all residents to visit www.longbeach.gov/COVID19 for up-to-date information on COVID-19, and to avoid misinformation. You can also follow updates, tips and notices on the City’s social media pages @LongBeachCity and @LBHealthDept and by following hashtag #COVID19LongBeach.

About the Long Beach Disaster Relief Fund

In 2018, the Long Beach Community Foundation and the City of Long Beach established the Long Beach Disaster Relief Fund for the purpose of providing funding to 501 C3 non-profit organizations and governmental and educational institutions for the benefit of Long Beach residents suffering the impacts of disasters.

About the Long Beach Community Foundation

The Long Beach Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public organization with more than $55 million in assets and 176 charitable funds. It was established in 1996 to make strategic grants to nonprofits and assist individual donors with their philanthropic goals today and through planned giving. Fees charged to manage charitable funds at the Foundation are invested directly back into the community. LBCF’s mission is to initiate positive change for Long Beach through charitable giving, stewardship, and strategic grant making with a vision of being the preeminent steward of endowments serving the needs of Long Beach in perpetuity. LBCF operations are led by President & CEO Marcelle Epley and oversight is provided by Board Chair Gary DeLong, Vice Chair Robert Stemler, and Board members Michele Dobson, Bob Foster, Tony Gales, Mark Guillen, Donita Joseph, Annette Kashiwabara, Steve Keesal, Frank Newell, Suzanne Nosworthy, and Judy Ross.  

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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