The "Long Beach Challenge-Feeding Our Community," an online auction project to provide food to people in need during the coronavirus, runs through July 15. So far, they have raised $5,500 in donations and 45 auction items are still up for bid. Items up for auction include rounds of golf, a Hollywood behind-the-scenes tour, MLB tickets and more. Money goes to Meals on Wheels and The Long Beach Education Foundation. To participate, go to one.bidpal.net/lbchallenge/welcome. Donations of money will be accepted as well.
This year's Sunset Sip, which raises money for The Guidance Center, will be a virtual event on Aug. 22. There will be alive and silent auctions, a presentation from a former client and more. The Center provides mental health treatment to disadvantaged children and their families. For more information,go to www.www.tgclb.org.
Long Beach Day Nursery asks that everyone have a cup of tea at home and make a donation to the organization, which helps children of working parents. Contribute by going to bit.ly/teafortots.
Meals on Wheels is staging a virtual version of its annual 5K/10K during the month of July. All the money raised supports its home-delivered meal program for homebound seniors, veterans and the disabled. To participate, go to www.mowlb.org.
To help people who are struggling due to the coronavirus, the Salvation Army is accepting non-monetary donations including canned food, vegetables, beans, pasta, cereal, small oatmeal packages and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in front of the food bank at 3092 Long Beach Blvd.
AbilityFirst is staging a virtual version of its Stroll&Roll fundraiser on Nov. 7. Participants can start raising money now. Walk outside or inside on a treadmill and raise money for AbilityFirst, which helps children and adults with developmental disabilities. To get in on the action, go to www.strollandroll.org.
The Long Beach Blues Society is reaching out to help senior musicians who have lost much of their income because of COVID-19. Money raised will help musicians through food, cash, meal and gift cards. Over the next three months, they'll stage some concerts on FaceBook live, but help is needed now. For details on how to make donations, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Heart of Ida will provide a free, twice weekly message from "a warm and friendly person" for seniors, their families and caregivers. Sign up by calling 562-570-3548 or send an email to email@example.com.
Wrap The Kids, which provides help and hygiene for the homeless, is one of the nonprofits feeling the drop-off in donations and could use some help. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at 297 Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.
Goals For Life is accepting donations for its work in helping young boys and girls become men and women. The group is made up exclusively of former NFL players. To donate, go to goalsforlife.net/donate.
Precious Life Shelter, which helps homeless pregnant women, is seeking donations and volunteers for its thrift shop. Call 562-431-5025 or email Tammy@PreciousLifeShelter.org.
Fisher House Southern California, which supports houses in Southern California including Long Beach, is seeking donations of gift cards, food and other items. Fisher Houses provide accommodations for families so they may be near a loved one receiving medical care at VA facilities. Visit www.fisherhouseocal.org.
Operation Jump Start, which helps first generation students get in and graduate from four-year colleges, is looking for mentors to work with students. Visit www.operationjumpstart.org.
Long Beach Heritage is looking for volunteers. The organization promotes knowledge and preservation of the architecture and culture heritage of Long Beach. For more information, call 562-493-7019 or visit www.lbheritage.org.
Rebuilding Together Long Beach is looking for financial donations to help it repair homes for those who cannot afford it. To donate, visit www.rebuildingtogetherlongbeach.org.
Volunteer Action for Aging, a group that assists area seniors, is looking for new “Friendly Visitor” volunteers. Call 562-637-7175 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ASK Foundation is collecting school uniforms and supplies as well as cash donations for education and scholarship programs. Visit www.asklongbeach.org.
The Heart of Ida is looking for male or female volunteers who can help seniors stay safe with small repairs and installation of things like smoke alarms and grab bars. Volunteers should have their own tools and be able to contribute 4-8 hours a month. Call 562-570-3548 or send an email to email@example.com.
The Long Beach Blues Society, which stages the New Blues Festival in September and also sponsors community activities including Blues in the Schools, workshops and assemblies for students, Blues for Vets Concerts and more, is looking for members and donations to help support its activities. Visit www.longbeachbluessociety.org.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach, which helps provide safe after-school care for children, could use your help. Eighty-three percent of club kids live in poverty so community support is extremely important. Visit www.bgclublb.org.