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growing concerns for the welfare of the homeless. They need help.




The 2023 Homeless Point in Time Count identified 3,447 people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach (an increase of 62% in 2022, and 4.6% in 2023). Most of them are also experiencing first-time homelessness. The majority spend their days searching for basic essentials, trying to survive from one day to the next. This struggle may take away their hope for a brighter future of sustainability and independence. They suffer from food insecurity, malnutrition, and hope. Our neighbors need relief.


You can change this. You have the power to make an immediate impact! Your contribution, right now, will help with providing crucial necessities for their survival and quest for independence:


  • Water station

  • Foodbank - 5 days a week (Senior Food Bank on Wednesdays)

  • Prepared meals (breakfast 7 days a week, Dinner 5 days a week (weekly Saturday lunch and lunch last Sunday of the month)

  • Clothing

  • Socks, shoes

  • Blankets

  • Hygiene kits,

  • Diapers (adult and infant)

  • and other essentials

With our growing number of people turning to us for assistance, we can only continue providing for them with your help. Provide a gift to the low-income and houseless HERE.


SERVING HOT MEALS DAILY!

We have been providing hot meals every day, free of charge, to anyone who wants or needs them for more than 40 years now. This video captures a single morning of service, from setting tables to serving clients, and cleanup.



 
IN THE HEIGHTS FUNDRAISER

What an amazing evening. We are grateful for the outpour of support.

"It was a wonderful night. The people checking us in and out were friendly and competent, the play was terrific, the food was good, the auction items were worth bidding on, and all-in-all it was perfect. Thank you." - UK

We appreciate you, and you help us make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. 100% of the In the Heights fundraiser and silent auction proceeds will go towards our many services including our hot meal program, foodbank, and diaper bank.



 

COA's Senior Day program


We are very grateful for the return of our Free Senior Lunch and Bingo. Every other month, seniors get out and celebrate a day just for them. Our events are designed to help improve emotional, intellectual, and physical wellness. They also help stave off isolation and loneliness. We offer a hearty lunch, Bingo (everyone gets a prize), a bag of groceries, and a swag bag.


There is also an educational and a health component. This past event in July, Goodwill SOLAC offered free computer courses and tips, and the LBPD Volunteers Senior Police Partners (offered advice on scammers). We have offered flu shots from the City of Long Beach, Tap Cards from the Long Beach Transit, and more.


Our seniors-only foodbank is every Wednesday from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. All who walk through our doors are welcome.


Our next senior day is 9/27. If you know anyone who could benefit from a day of fun, reservations can be made by calling 562-432-1440.


 

Cooking Demo

Join us for a day of fun, FREE on the plaza at Clark & Atherton Mercantile. Watch a cooking demo by Justin Rudd. Learn how to make his famous Caramel Popcorn and Glazed Donuts. Saturday, September 9th, 2023. 1 pm. 1772 Clark Ave. Long Beach, CA 90815.











Warehouse Sale


Each month, for just 1-3 days, we open the doors to our warehouse for a sale. Items include used clothing, furniture, household goods, home décor, shoes, kitchenware & more. Prices as low as $2 on certain items.


Grab a BBQ Lunch, coffee, & have fun while you shop for a cause!

100% of proceeds go to COA to help our neighbors in need.

The next sale is September 6, 7, and 8. 9 am - 2 pm. 275 E. 25th. St. Long Beach, CA 90806



 

JOIN in on the city of long beach's biggest giving event of the year...long beach gives

COA is excited to be a part of Long Beach Gives. It is the city's largest fundraising event with over 230 non-profits. September 21st is the date for people to gift donations. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to help our neighbors in need.


Want to know how you can help? Volunteer, gift match, or be a peer fundraiser!

WHAT IS A PEER FUNDRAISER?

Peer Fundraisers provide a way for you to raise money on behalf of any nonprofit organization featured on longbeachgives.org. This feature allows you to create a custom web page with pictures, videos, and a personal appeal from you. Show support for the causes you care about during Long Beach Gives!


You can easily collect donations by sharing your Fundraiser for us via word of mouth, texts, social media, and/or email. We can set up your peer fundraiser website for you for easy online donations that will come directly to us.

View the website HERE for more details.

If you wish to be a peer fundraiser for COA's Long Beach Gives Event, simply call 562-432-1440

 

volunteer opportunities

people cleaning

Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment.


We have many volunteer opportunities available. Click HERE to fill out our volunteer interest form.











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