For A Good Cause, week of July 29 – Press Telegram

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The Jonathan Jacques Children’s Cancer Institute’s first-ever virtual ‘Champions for Life’ torch relay is scheduled for Saturday, July 31. The money raised will help support programs for children with cancer and serious blood disorders. There is no need to run to collect money. Go to www.millerchildrens.org/TorchRun.

The Luke TATSU Johnson Foundation recently donated more than $80,000 to groups including the Jonathan Jacques Children’s Cancer Institute, the Rally Foundation (which fights childhood leukemia), and Wilson High School’s golf programs. The foundation was established in memory of Luke Tatsu who died of cancer in 2016. The website is www.teamtatsu.org.

The Aquatic Capital of America group is raising money to support its operations in Long Beach, including swimming lessons for underprivileged youth, swimmer training support, and high school scholarships. They are hosting a virtual rowing event that ends on August 8, coinciding with the closing ceremony of the Olympics. To participate, go to aquacapital.org.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Long Beach and West Orange County (JFCS) is seeking potential board members. It is a one-year term, followed by reelection for two consecutive three-year terms. The mission of JFCS is “…to empower people to make positive life changes through professional, affordable counseling and social services.” For more information, visit www.jfcslongbeach.org.

The seventh annual CANstruction Long Beach is scheduled for September 14-18. Participants build structures made entirely from full cans of food and other non-perishable items, which will be donated to Food Finders after the event. Organizers are looking for sponsorship or donations. For more information, visit www.canstructionlongbeach.org.

The Long Beach Community Improvement League, which creates quality public service programs for all aspects of Long Beach life, solicits donations to aid in its work. Go to www.lbcil.org.

The Salvation Army accepts non-monetary donations, including canned food, vegetables, beans, pasta, cereal, small oatmeal packets, and more weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the food bank at 3092 Long Beach Blvd.

Wrap The Kids, which provides help and hygiene to the homeless, is one of the nonprofits feeling the loss of donations and could use some help. Donations can be emailed or dropped off at 297 Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.

Goals For Life accepts donations for her work to help young boys and girls become men and women. The group consists solely of former NFL players. To donate, visit goalsforlife.net/donate.

Precious Life Shelter, which helps homeless pregnant women, is seeking donations and volunteers for its thrift store. Call 562-431-5025 or email [email protected]

Fisher House Southern California, which supports homes in Southern California, including Long Beach, is seeking donations of gift cards, food, and other items. Fisher Houses provide accommodations for families so they can be near a loved one receiving medical care in VA facilities. Visit www.fisherhouseocal.org.

Operation Jump Start, which helps first-generation students enter 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 Long Beach’s architecture and cultural heritage. For more information, call 562-493-7019 or visit www.lbheritage.org.

Rebuilding Together Long Beach is seeking financial donations to help repair homes for those who can’t afford it. To donate, visit www.rebuildingtogetherlongbeach.org.

Volunteer Action for Aging, a group that helps seniors from the region, is looking for new volunteers for ‘Friendly Visitor’. Call 562-637-7175 or email [email protected]

The ASK Foundation collects school uniforms and supplies, as well as money donations for education and scholarship programs. Visit www.asklongbeach.org.

The Heart of Ida is looking for male or female volunteers to assist seniors with minor repairs and installation of items such as smoke detectors and grab bars. Volunteers must have their own tools and be able to contribute 4-8 hours per month. Call 562-570-3548 or email [email protected]

Long Beach Boys & Girls Clubs, which help provide safe after-school care for children, can use your help. Eighty-three percent of club kids live in poverty, so community support is extremely important. Visit www.bgclublb.org.

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