PRESS RELEASE

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

4/3/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 040320
Subject:
City of Long Beach Receives Outpouring of Offers to Donate in Support of COVID-19 Response
Goods, services and volunteer time may be offered through online form.
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS (Media inquiries only)
jic@longbeach.gov (Media inquiries only)
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Long Beach, CA - Today, Long Beach is announcing further steps to coordinate the outpouring of community and business support the City has received to help manage the COVID-19 response.

“I’m so inspired by the many individuals and businesses who have reached out and offered their help and support during these challenging times,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The donations received will provide valuable resources for our ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. One of the most important things we can do right now is to support and take care of each other.”

While in-person interactions are still limited by the health order, listed below are a few additional ways interested people can help their fellow Long Beach residents:

  • Be a good neighbor. In partnership with We Love Long Beach, the City is connecting community members who need help with those who are willing and able to assist. By filling out a Neighbor to Neighbor Card (also available in Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer), community members can share their contact information and the types of assistance they can offer to nearby neighbors. Pre-printed cards are available through City Council offices or can be requested here.
  • Donate to the Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund, which will support community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus response in Long Beach.
  • Donate blood if you are healthy and eligible to ensure there is enough lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most.

To streamline and manage the donations and offers of assistance to the City of Long Beach, the City has developed an online form that can be completed by local business and community volunteers to collect detailed information regarding the goods and services being offered. All information provided will be electronically safeguarded for privacy and reviewed to determine the best match with City operational needs. A member of the City’s Donation and Volunteer Management Team will make contact with the individuals and businesses for further discussion and coordination.

The new form will help the City to organize the variety of donation offers being received such as business facility use, transportation and delivery services, and personal protective equipment. Additionally, donations of food and hygiene kits for persons experiencing homelessness and offers of volunteer services in a variety of skill areas will also be captured by the form.

It is anticipated that the City’s needs will change over time depending on the developing health situation, and what may not be an immediate priority today, may become a critical need in the future. Information on donations that are not matched with current City needs will be kept on file for future consideration. The City will be utilizing resources and services that best fill current gaps so that the remaining goods, services and volunteers can be redirected to other organizations in our community who have an immediate need.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit www.longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.