JFCS of Long Beach, U.S. VETS—Long Beach, and Meals on Wheels of Long Beach are hosting three virtual 5K/10K events that help fund vital services needed by so many people in our area need to navigate these challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health counseling, groceries and necessities, housing and services for veterans, and ready-to-eat meals delivered to the homebound in our community are just a few of the programs represented by the Long Beach Trifecta’s three hosting agencies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in our community in so many ways. The three social service agencies that comprise the Long Beach Trifecta have been actively helping people whose lives have been upended by the corona-virus and its wake. Support for our virtual races means that these agencies are present and ready to help our community members.

A virtual race allows participants to choose a date and time that fits with their schedule and a location that is convenient to walk, run, or roll at their own pace, whether it be on a treadmill or a path along the waterfront. These features all add to the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped make a difference in the lives of those who need an outstretched hand.

Participate in all 3 virtual events and
earn your 2021 commemorative medal!

JFCS’s Virtual Race with a View 
May 1 – May 31, 2021.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service supports individuals, families, and children in Long Beach, West Orange County, and the surrounding communities with an array of programs, including counseling, support groups, care management for older adults, food and necessities, emergency financial assistance, and referrals. The vision of JFCS is a community healed, one person, one family at a time. Since the onset of COVID-19 in mid-March, JFCS has been open remotely to provide services to over 1,000 unique individuals whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus. Many of these individuals are served on a weekly basis with online counseling, delivery of food and essentials, friendly phone check-ins by our social work team, and our online support groups such as Coping and Connecting.

U.S.VETS-Long Beach’s Storm the Beach 5K/10K
June 1 – 30, 2021.
 
Founded by veterans to serve veterans, U.S.VETS is the largest non-profit organization with boots on the ground to combat America’s homeless veteran crisis head-on. At the Long Beach site, we have the privilege of serving over 800 veterans and their families with the support and resources they need to stay off the streets and regain their self-sufficiency. Our comprehensive approach provides housing, counseling, career and supportive services to help our veterans rebuild and thrive. These programs include transitional housing for male veterans, female veterans, female veterans with children, and non-veteran women’s housing. In addition to our transitional housing, we offer permanent housing, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and workforce development. In the face of the global pandemic, U.S.VETS has remained committed to our holistic approach to treating homelessness by restructuring programs to continue delivering services virtually. Together, we can provide all veterans with every opportunity to live with dignity and independence as they deserve.

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach’s “Virtual”
5th Annual 5K/10K RUN, WALK & ROLL Event
July 1 – 31, 2021.

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach (MOWLB) has supported the needs of the “homebound” — seniors, veterans, and the disabled — in the Long Beach community for 50 years. Annually, MOWLB serves over 200,000 freshly prepared nutritious meals to 650 of our “homebound” neighbors who are not able to provide for themselves. Every delivery is made by “Friendly Visitor” volunteers who provide daily wellness checks and much-needed social interaction that can often turn into new relationships for our isolated clients. The MOWLB Care Navigation Program provides additional assistance for clients to help them live safely and more comfortably at home. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for our home-delivered meal service has nearly doubled. With the support of the Long Beach Community, volunteers, donors, and our foundation partners, MOWLB has been able to meet the needs of our homebound neighbors.