COVID-19 is currently impacting over 25,000 Viking students as they continue to work toward their educational goals.

The Viking Student Emergency and Basic Needs Fund was established to respond to the immediate needs of students and student services.  Whether the need is technology, food, housing, or any other obstacle that may impede the learning environment, the Viking Student Emergency and Basic Needs Fund helps to remove any barriers to education that a student may encounter.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 crisis the Long Beach City College Foundation and Alumni Association have partnered with LBCC to support students in the areas of housing, food, technology, transportation, and mental health. The LBCC Foundation’s Board of Governors generously matched the first $10,000 raised for the Student Emergency Fund.   Our community again responded and longtime supporter The Don Temple Family Charitable Foundation and an Anonymous donor created an additional $10,000 match.  This was followed by contributions from the Long Beach Rotary Charitable Foundation and the Long Beach Community Foundation.  We are grateful for our community’s generous support of our students during these unprecedented times. 

The Foundation is working to continue our support of students by providing access to technology, food, and housing. Our goal is to remain adaptable during these times to ensure that no student has to put their educational goals aside. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our students.

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Long Beach Rotary Charitable Foundation Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 15, 2020
Contact: Olivia Maiser
562.477.4089 –

Long Beach Rotary Charitable Foundation Gives $70,000 to Local Community Services
$35,000 Benefits Emergency Funds of CSULB, LBCC, and Salvation Army

Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Rotary Charitable Foundation (LBRCF) President Gail Schwandner announced today a recap of donations made during 2019-2020.

“We are particularly pleased to award these grants to organizations that are assisting community members during the health and economic crisis caused by the global pandemic”, said Schwandner.

Grants totaled $70,000 with half of that providing direct COVID-19 relief to:

California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Student Emergency Fund
$10,000 for Emergency Student Services, providing food from the Beach Pantry, assistance for students who lost jobs due to COVID-19 business closures, and computers to assist students to manage remote learning.

Long Beach City College Emergency Fund
 $10,000 for assistance to the 25,000+ Viking students impacted by COVID-19.

Long Beach Community Foundation Coronavirus Relief Fund
 $10,000 to assist frontline COVID-19 workers and their families as well as businesses affected by the pandemic.

Salvation Army, Long Beach Citadel COVID-19 Response
 $5,000 to provide food for vulnerable families and low-income seniors. 

Thanking the LBRCF Board members, Salvation Army Captain Sergio Garcia said, “This support is especially appreciated at a time when the number of people needing our assistance has skyrocketed due to loss of wages members of our community are experiencing.”

CSULB President Jane Close Conoley said, “Our Beach community is grateful that the LBRCF funds came at a time when many in the community were not aware that throughout this pandemic, we have been delivering services to our students. Through our Student Emergency Fund, we have been providing basic needs assistance.”

Additionally, $5,000 was donated to each of the following Long Beach nonprofit organizations for programs benefitting local youth and education: Children Today; Long Beach Camerata Singers; Long Beach Day Nursery; Leadership Long Beach; Operation Jump Start; and Pediatric Therapy Network.

The Long Beach Rotary Charitable Foundation (LBRCF) is a 501 © (3) nonprofit corporation, for Rotarians and other interested parties to make tax-deductible donations to benefit the Long Beach community. The LBRCF grants funds to nonprofit organizations focusing on youth and education.

The Rotary Club of Long Beach is the oldest service club in Long Beach, the largest Rotary Club in District 5320, and among the top 50 in the world. The Rotary Club of Long Beach is comprised of approximately 300 Long Beach business and community leaders whose motto is “Service Above Self”.

Current President, Mollie Bennet Beck, is the 103rd President of the Rotary Club of Long Beach.
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LBCC Alumni Association

The LBCC Alumni Association maintains and fosters the relationship between the College and the alumni by helping members stay connected to fellow alumni, current students, faculty, and staff. Funds raised by the Alumni Association support events, publications, and other alumni engagement programs. The organization also supports the College’s educational mission.