Legal-name: Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach
Address: 3635 Long Beach Blvd
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Officer: Donald Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer
ContactName: Don Rodriguez
Tel-952: (562) 595-5945
SecondaryPhone: (562) 305-5133
GrantPurpose: Funding to provide critical childcare and programming to the community’s essential workforce, provide wellness checks and virtual programming to our Club members, and provide a facility for a temporary homeless shelter during the COVID-19 crisis.
Periodoftime: March 15 – May 15
Audienceserved: Children of essential workers, Club members (90% low income), and our community’s homeless population.
Demoofaudience: Youth served: 6-18 years old; 38% African American and 39% Hispanic or Latino; 90% low income. Adult served: unspecified demographics
Numberofserved: 100 youth served at our Eastman Club, over 1,500 Club members served virtually, and up to 70 homeless persons served at our Petrolane Club.
District: Districts 7, 8 & 9
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : When the school districts in Los Angeles and Orange County closed, though an appropriate measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many families were left in a very difficult situation. Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach knew we needed to follow our mission to support all of the young people in our community, no matter of their Club member status. Following the guidelines from the City and partnering with companies like MemorialCare, we are currently providing childcare to our local hospital staff, emergency personnel, first responders, and essential workforce. From 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach is providing school work assistance, hot meals, and safe and healthy fun (from a safe distance). Staff members are regularly cleaning the facility, wearing masks, and following the social distancing protocols. They are also providing emotional, mental, and educational support any of the children need during this crisis.
With 90% of our Club members living below the poverty line, we knew we needed to continue to support them even though they could not physically attend the Clubs. Our youth are even more vulnerable because their lives and schooling are interrupted. They are isolated from friends and support people. Their families have less capacity and resources to stay safe and less ability to weather the negative economic and social impacts. We are connecting with members through wellness check phone calls and virtual programming. Our goal is to continue to ensure the basic needs of our Club members and their families are met, either by providing resources from the City or providing what we can ourselves. We have set up Grab & Go hot dinner pick up services for them and their families along with Easter baskets thanks to gracious community donors. Our virtual programming helps keep our members engaged and busy by having them to STEM projects, Youth TED Talks for our teens, and online recreation activities. Concurrently, as the fear of risky behaviors and violence at home increasing, we have let our Club members know that the Club doors will always be open if they are in need of a safe place or help from an adult they trust.
We have also recently partnered with the City of Long Beach to use our closed Club site as a shelter for the community’s homeless population. Seventy beds are set up at a safe distance from each other; those entering the facility are checked by a health professional and attended to if they are in need of any help.
As the world changes by the hour, Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach is working tirelessly to continue to support our community and Club members in every possible way it can.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? When the City of Long Beach put into place a maximum gathering order, like most local nonprofits, we were required to try and postpone our two largest fundraisers. Due to this, we are looking at an income adjustment of over $200,000 in our annual budget. Grant funding from the Long Beach Community Foundation will help offset this adjustment and aid in keeping our services running. As we continue to keep our doors open to our essential workforce that are not able to stay at home with their children, our leadership has been diligent about continuing to keep the staff at Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach employed.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : We are currently assisting the following individuals and organizations:
1. Childcare/Programming services at our Eastman Club: We have partnered with essential companies, like the MemorialCare system and our local grocery stores, to provide childcare and programming services to their 6-18 year old children. Our capacity while following the social distancing regulations is 100 at our Eastman Club.
2. Wellness Checks and Virtual Programming: We are assisting some of the most at-risk and in-need youth on our community by monitoring their at-home situations and providing online programming to keep them busy and engaged. We currently have over 1,500 families that have opted in to our text messaging service that is providing programming and meal donation information.
3. Homeless Facility: We are assisting the City of Long Beach with providing a temporary homeless shelter at our unused Petrolane Club next to Martin Luther King Jr. park. The facility is currently able to house 70 persons and is helping to track and treat the unhoused population that can easily be affected by the COVID-19 virus.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: The Hannemann Family Fund: $25,000
Individual Donors: $15,000
Sempra/So Cal Gas: $7,500
Achauer Family Charitable Fund: $5,000
Terrance G. Hodel Family Fund: $5,000
California Resources Corp: $2,500
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? : California Community Foundation