Doing Good in the LBC is a weekly newsletter where we’ll share how you can volunteer or give back in our city. We’ll also share the latest goings-on of nonprofit organizations in Long Beach.

Photo courtesy American Association of University Women

AAUW raises $10,000 toward annual scholarship fund for CSULB and LBCC students

Last month, an author’s event and tea luncheon on the Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus raised $10,000 for the American Association of University Women Long Beach Branch Frances Magarian Scholarship Fund.

A Tantalizing Tea, on June 10, featured award-winning novelist Lisa See, who is known for authoring “On Gold Mountain,” “Lady Tan’s Circle of Women,” “Shanghai Girls” and more. The event gathered 140 guests, who placed bids in a silent auction that went toward the scholarship fund.

The AAUW Long Beach scholarship was established in 2013. Since then, four scholarships have been granted each year — two Cal State Long Beach students get $2,500 each and two LBCC students receive $500 each. 

The AAUW aims to advance gender equity for women and girls through such scholarships.

For more information, visit the group’s website.

Places to volunteer in Long Beach

  • Justin Rudd is looking for volunteers for his 30-minute beach cleanup in Belmont Shore on Saturday (July 15) at 9:30 a.m. (for “super volunteers”) or 10 a.m. Bags, drinks, gloves and beachfront parking will be provided. The kiosk code is JUS0715. More information here
  • Los Cerritos/Bixby Knolls Clean Streets is hosting a cleanup at 8 a.m. on Sunday (July 16) at the Pacific Place and Wardlow. All equipment is provided and the meetup spot is by the restrooms. More information here.
  • Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center is looking for volunteers who are fluent in Khmer to visit hospitalized Cambodian patients for a friendly and comforting chat. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Find more information here

Ways to give back in Long Beach

  • The WomenShelter of Long Beach is always accepting monetary donations to help domestic violence victims and their children. Donations typically go to operating expenses and to help connect survivors with programs and services. Those interested can visit this page.
  • Donate food, gardening supplies or hygiene items to Long Beach Community Table. Get more information or donate through PayPal here.
  • Help boost literacy and access to education by donating to the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. Donations go toward reading programs, new books, materials and training for library staff. Donate here.   

Hayley Munguia is editor of the Long Beach Business Journal.