Frequently Asked Questions

How do I volunteer?

Our team is eager to connect people with volunteer opportunities with campaigns, collaboratives, and partner organizations we work with. We always look for multiple entry points for people to contribute to movements for racial and economic justice in Long Beach and strive to meet people where they’re at. Email us at hello@lbforward.org with your interests and availability. 

What's Building Healthy Communities?

Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach (BHCLB) was a 10-year, place-based initiative funded by The California Endowment that sought to improve the health of Central and West Long Beach through community organizing and collaboration. BHCLB was made up of multiple community-based organizations and workgroups that were supported by Long Beach Forward as the "hub" of the initiative.

When was Long Beach Forward founded? 

Long Beach Forward began in 2010 as the Hub Organization for the Building Healthy Communities initiative in Long Beach. In 2018, we rebranded as Long Beach Forward to continue our movement-building work beyond the BHCLB initiative. In 2022 we became our own independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

How can I give? 

As part of our culture of philanthropy, we recognize and value that people give in different ways. Contribute a one-time or monthly donation online to help us continue building community knowledge, leadership, and power. Contribute your time and experience by emailing us at hello@lbforward.org

What campaigns can I get involved in? 

Long Beach Forward supports and is a part of a number of community-based coalitions, collaboratives, and campaigns. 

Are you offering COVID-friendly opportunities?

We’re always looking for ways to get people involved in local community change efforts, whether they are in-person or remote. Email us at hello@lbforward.org with your interests and availability.

Do you have Spanish-speaking staff? 

Yes, we do! Long Beach Forward is intentional about having a team of individuals and organizers that reflect the diversity of our community, including language. For any requests in Spanish, feel free to email hello@lbforward.org or call 562-436-4800. 

Where do I report ICE? 

If you see Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arresting individuals or targeting a home or workplace, call the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC) at 562-204-6333

Are you hiring? 

You can find any open positions we have on our team on our online jobs board. We also post local job opportunities with our partner organizations and groups aligned with our mission and vision on our website when we receive them.

Do you offer any support for grassroots organizers or organizations?

Yes, Long Beach Forward provides support for people to be more effective leaders and organizers. We understand that creating change isn’t easy or something that’s meant to be done alone. We regularly train individuals on how to make a more strategic and impactful case when engaging decision-makers and influencers on issues they care most about. To learn more about our current opportunities for leadership development, email hello@lbforward.org and let us know what you’re looking for. 

How do I schedule a meeting with James? 

James is our Executive Director, whose responsibilities include strategic fund development, organizational administration, people and culture, board development, strategic planning, and community leadership. Learn more about James and access his biography at lbforward.org/james. To set up a 1-1 with James or arrange a speaking engagement, email him at james@lbforward.org. If you want to learn more about getting involved with Long Beach Forward’s organizing and collaborative work, email Marlene Montañez, Associate Director at marlene@lbforward.org

Is the organization government-funded? 

Long Beach Forward is a 501(c3) non-profit organization. A majority of our funding comes from private foundations and individual contributions from community members who support our mission and vision. Although we do not have any permanent sources of government funding, Long Beach Forward has partnered with city, county, and state agencies in the past to achieve collective goals, whether it was getting people to be counted in the 2020 census or ensuring community input into digital inclusion strategies. 


Who is the board of directors or steering body of the organization? 

Long Beach Forward was formerly governed by the Board of Directors of Community Partners, our fiscal sponsor up until we separated and incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization in the spring of 2022. We will be announcing our new Board of Directors soon. To learn more, contact James Suazo at james@lbforward.org


How is your funding used? 

Long Beach Forward provides local organizations and community members with the tools, training, and resources they need to be heard, be influential and drive real change in Long Beach. All our funding and revenue get allocated towards this goal through programs and community efforts, people and culture, and administration and operation costs. 


How can I intern with Long Beach Forward? 

Long Beach Forward regularly works with interns year-round. Currently, interns but be undergraduate students enrolled in an internship course at Long Beach City College or California State University, Long Beach (College of Health and Human Services or College of Liberal Arts only). For more information about interning with Long Beach Forward, visit our intern page or email hello@lbforward.org


How long is an internship with Long Beach Forward? 

Internships with Long Beach Forward typically last as long as a course requires, which can range from 4 months to 8 months. 


What's the internship experience like? 

The internship experience at Long Beach Forward is a hands-on and structured learning experience that is embedded directly into the organization's teams and collaborative spaces. Interns will work on specific projects throughout the length of their internship and develop new skills and knowledge in tandem with their organization preceptor through 1-1 meetings and direct involvement in ongoing community work. 


Do you ever have internship opportunities or volunteer opportunities for high school students? Can high school students earn credit or service hours? 

We currently do not offer any internship opportunities for high school students, but we are always willing to work with student volunteers and look for opportunities to provide service hours. Email us at hello@lbforward.org with your interests and availability. 


How can I become more involved in my school community? 

We always encourage students, parents, and community members to become involved in their local schools. Contact our Parent Organizer, Cindy, at cindyg@lbforward.org to learn more about how to get involved in your school community.


Where does my donation go to? 

Making an individual donation to Long Beach Forward is one of the best ways to support our mission and vision, whether it’s $5 or $50 and one-time or monthly. Individual giving allows our team to continue supporting community-driven priorities with valuable, unrestricted support. Learn more about our organizational culture of philanthropy by clicking here. 


Can you connect me with other parents? 

Yes, our role in the community is connecting parents with other parents who want to improve their children’s school and help achieve education equity. Contact our Parent Organizer at cindyg@lbforward.org


How can I give Do you do any kind of leadership development for parents who want to become more involved in schools?

Yes, developing and supporting parents to be leaders in their school community is our primary goal. Contact our Parent Organizer at cindyg@lbforward.org


Can you help me start a parent group in my school or neighborhood? 

Yes, our role in the community is connecting parents with other parents who want to improve their children’s school and help achieve education equity. Contact our Parent Organizer at cindyg@lbforward.org.


I'm a renter/tenant in Long Beach and I'm having problems with my landlord. Where can I get help? 

Long Beach Forward does not provide legal or direct services, but we do participate in the Long Beach Housing Justice Coalition. To get involved in organizing efforts, contact our Land Use Program Manager, Elsa Tung, at elsa@lbforward.org or (562) 270-6011. 

If you are experiencing problems with your landlord, we encourage you to connect with Long Beach Residents Empowered (LiBRE) at www.wearelbre.org. For free legal assistance with renter/tenant issues, contact the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles at 1-800-399-4529 or visit www.lafla.org.