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Hi, I'm Tess Kazenoff from the Long Beach Post. I love Long Beach and I’m betting you do too.

Welcome to Doing Good in the LBC, a weekly newsletter where we’ll share how you can volunteer or give in our city. We’ll also share the latest goings-on of nonprofit organizations in Long Beach.
Rising TIDE serves around 400 students each year with academic and developmental support. Photo courtesy of Rising TIDE
Nonprofit news: Rising TIDE approaches 20 years of offering youth support

About 20 years ago, Rising TIDE executive director Adele Langworthy gathered on the floor of her office at Covenant Presbyterian Church with a couple of volunteers, and children looking for a safe space to receive homework help.

As the need grew, so did the program, and after five years, Rising TIDE at Marguerite Kiefer Education Center's Education and Development Program for Urban Children and Youth gained nonprofit status.

After a few years, Rising TIDE had expanded across the entirety of the church space to offer full-scale academic and development support services at no cost, including a math and science center, an art room, a lending library, outdoor recreation, a weight room, plus a "Cuddle Cafe" for children five years and under.

Around 100 youth walk through Rising TIDE’s doors each day, and the organization serves around 400 children each year.

About 95% of Rising TIDE’s students are classified by the state as socio-economically disadvantaged, and many lack resources at home, such as a computer or dependable Internet, said Langworthy.

"We want to give them every ability to achieve and have them not fall short because they didn't have a resource available to them," she said.

While the organization primarily serves youth from preschool age through twelfth grade, many students who head off to college still return to the center to do homework, Langworthy said.

"We kind of don't say goodbye to people," Langworthy said.

In fact, some children who currently attend Rising TIDE are actually children of former participants, said Langworthy.

"There's a lot of relationship building that takes place, and they know that we care about them, and our staff cares about them, they care about each other," Langworthy said. "They know that there's a safe place for who they are and as they're going through things in life."

In November, the organization will celebrate its twentieth anniversary, and Langworthy looks forward to continuing to provide the most robust family-style support possible.

"I just want us to be able to continue to meet the needs as they arise and continue to mold ourselves where we need to go," Langworthy said. "We don't stay stagnant around here, and it's constantly changing, and it can be really intense, but it's a good change."


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Places to volunteer in Long Beach
  • Join Surfrider Foundation for a beach cleanup at Belmont Pier on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon. Register ahead of time by signing this waiver, and remember to bring your own reusable bag or bucket, gloves, trash picker, and water.

  • Heart of Ida is seeking volunteers to assist seniors with technology or help connect to resources during drop-in hours at the center. No experience is necessary. Contact 562-570-3548 or heartofida@gmail.com to get started.

  • Every Sunday, a group of Bixby Knolls and Los Cerritos residents meets at rotating locations to help make Long Beach a cleaner place to live. On Sunday, Oct. 2 at 8 a.m. meet at Los Cerritos Park by the restrooms near Bixby and Country Club Drive to get involved. No experience or equipment is needed.
Ways to give in Long Beach
  • Food Finder’s annual fundraising event, Food for the Soul: Farm to Tableaux, is on Oct. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the CSULB campus. The event includes farm to table cuisine by local chefs, artisan cocktails, an auction, live music, and more. Open seating tickets are $125 and VIP tickets are $175. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Get more information and purchase your tickets.

  • Registration is now open for Steel Magnolias’ annual golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 24 at Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, benefitting the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, which serves infants to young adults with autism, Fragile X Syndrome, cleft palate and behavioral and learning disorders. Beginning at 11 a.m., the tournament includes lunch, an awards reception and dinner, a no-host bar, trophy presentation and prizes. Registration costs $1,200 for four people, $600 for two and $300 for individuals. Those who register and pay by Oct. 1 will be entered to win a $250 gift card redeemable at the Old Ranch Country Club Pro Shop.

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Long Beachers doing good
Over the summer, Hof's Hut held a fundraiser for local Boys & Girls Clubs to provide backpacks to underserved youth throughout Long Beach. Over the months of June, July, and August, Hof's Hut customers donated to the cause, and the Hofman Hospitality Group matched $1,000.  

On Sept. 15, the company presented a check to Don Rodriguez, the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach for $5,106.28, helping the organization provide backpacks to kids throughout Long Beach.
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