How You Can HelpRelease Date: 2020-04-04
I’m so inspired by the many individuals and businesses who have reached out and offered their help and support during these challenging times. 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 ways interested people can help their fellow Long Beach residents:
- 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. You can text SupportLB to 501-55 to get started.
- 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.
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.
Thank you all again and have a healthy weekend.
Mayor Robert Garcia