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In response to COVID-19, Belmont Heights Make a Difference Day (BHMADD) will be postponed until further notice. We look forward to rescheduling the event and moving forward together as a stronger community.

You will be notified as soon as a new date is scheduled. If you have already registered for a 2020 BHMADD project, you will not need to re-register, your volunteer position will be reserved.

Be safe,

BHMADD Committee


Join us for the 6th annual Belmont Heights Make a Difference Day on Sunday, March 29, 2020. BHMADD gives everyone a chance to Make a Difference, connect with neighbors and community members, and have lots of fun at the same time. This year's event offers more than 20 projects in and around Long Beach. All ages and skill levels are invited to participate. Register by March 15th, and you’ll receive a 2020 MADD t-shirt! The last day to register for a project is March 24th.

How to Register for a Project
Find the project that you want to participate in and check the "Sign Up" box next to the project. Then, click the large button at the bottom of the page that says "Submit and Sign Up." If you have more than one participant in your group, please select the correct number of participants in the "QUANTITY" drop-down menu on the right side. It is a requirement that each reserved spot contains the first and last name of the participant, as well as a t-shirt size. 

11:15 AM - Check-in at Temple Israel (269 Loma Ave) 
11:30 AM - Pizza served
12:15 PM - Opening ceremony
12:30 PM - Depart for service projects
  3:30 PM - Wrap-up service projects

3rd District Councilwoman Suzie Price
Belmont Heights Community Association
Belmont Heights United Methodist Church
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church
Temple Israel Long Beach
The LGBTQ Center Long Beach
Port of Long Beach

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Derrick @ 562-714-7676

Date: 12/31/2020 (Thu.)

Time: 11:15am - 3:30pm EST

Location: 269 Loma Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803

Created by:   Temple Israel LB
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Available Projects

‘All aboard’ the Historic Red Car (45)

You won’t want to miss this stop! Let’s keep our neighborhood’s newest park clean & growing by removing non-native plants, planting native plants, sowing seeds, & spreading mulch over the tracks. Volunteers will meet at the corner of Park & 4th.

3 of 45 slots filled
Marilyn Day
Beverly Neff
Tina Vince

Ain't Nothing but a Plant Party (kids 12+ w/ parent) (15)

Are you ready to party with some plants? Shovel and a pair of party gloves will be supplied. Let's get down in the dirt! This planting/beautification project is for the Manila median and 6th Street traffic circle. (Kids 12+ w/ Parent)


Baby, it's Cold Outside! (12)

Cut fringe and tie knots on these cuddly, warm fleece blankets. We’ll provide the fleece materials. Blankets go to sick patients and the homeless. Great project for kids!

6 of 12 slots filled
Michelle Gordon
Diane Merrick
Amy Axel (4)

Bingo or Bust! (sorry, no kids) (10)

Head over to the Spinal Cord Injury ward at the VA hospital (Bellflower & PCH). We’ll supply the pizza, prizes, and games. Watch out! The vets are wicked bingo players! Please, no children.

5 of 10 slots filled
Felice Ganz
Kristina Shafton (2)
Tiffany Regecz
Carol Beckerman

Calling all Vampires (50)

We’ve partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive. Sign up to donate at RedCrossBlood.org; Enter Zip Code: 90814; Choose: Belmont Heights United Methodist Church. Bloodmobile will be at the church at 3rd & Termino.

2 of 50 slots filled
Sara Hoenshell
Steve Gordon

Cats are Purrrrific (10)

Come make toys for the homeless kitties at the SPCA. We’ll make cat toys out of pipe cleaners and help with the laundry. These cats will be purr-ty grateful! Great for small children! Donate your used towels/blankets. Cats want to feel comfy too!

All slots filled
Jennifer Perez (4)
Kerry Murphy (4)
Kathy Shasha (2)

Don’t Fence Me In! (18)

Help paint a 50’ wooden fence at Casa Youth Shelter in Los Alamitos. The fence separates the property and needs some TLC.

All slots filled
Scarlett Kemmler
Eden Kemmler
Lori Monnier
Kate Kinney
Gigi Kinney
Mia Caristi
Michelle Caristi
Myla deGranada
Kalea deGranada
Patricia Finke
Zoey Finke
Kelley Polynard
Alexandra Lietchy
Susie Tailanian
Elizabeth Tailanian
Rose Tailanian
Chelsea Drew
Meredith Drew

Feed'em First! (15)

First Congregational Church (3rd/Cedar) prepares & serves 250 meals every Sunday to homeless, seniors or anyone in need. Pick a shift. Shift #1: 12:30 - 2:30 Greet, serve, & socialize. Shift #2: 2:30 - 4:30 Prepare food for next week & help clean up.

1 of 15 slots filled
Sara Hoenshell
Shift #2

Firefighters Love Cookies (40)

Let’s thank our local heroes with a treat! We’ll decorate cookies and “Thank You” cards before delivering our treats to your choice of a local fire station. Get an inside guided tour of the firehouse! Great for kids!

14 of 40 slots filled
Jilaa Niren (4)
Laura Verbryck (3)
Heather Desh Edwards (2)
Maya Shafton (2)
David Jacobson (3)

Food for Kids (16)

Help pack weekend groceries for low-income families of elementary school kids, distributed by the schools on Fridays. We’ll work at the Food Finders warehouse!

All slots filled
Michelle Ngai (5)
Amanda Stuart (5)
Roya Valles (4)
Rebecca Mason (2)

Food in a Flash (30)

Everyone loves this project! Join a team of volunteers at our local grocery store, and hand out a list of items food pantries & colleges need. Shoppers are happy to buy items from the list and hand them to us on their way out. Great for kids and teens.

26 of 30 slots filled
Latoya Baker-Mathews (5)
Troop 1533
Latoya Baker-Mathews (5)
Troop 1533
Latoya Baker-Mathews (5)
Troop 1533
Latoya Baker-Mathews (5)
Troop 1533
Latoya Baker-Mathews (5)
Troop 1533 Moms
Mark Dressner

Grow Baby Grow! (16)

Come help plant the newest organic garden at 9th & Redondo. You’ll help make paths, weeding, and learn all about organic gardening, mulching, water preservation, etc. And you can always drive by an say “I planted that!”. Ages 4+ & must be with an adult.

All slots filled
Ardis Laine
Ryan Taylor
Thistle be the best day ever
Gwen Shaffer (3)
Karen Holden
Tara Barnhart (2)
Amy Rosenberg (4)
Andrea Salisbury (3)
Nancy Preston

Home Sweet Home (15)

Bring a little sunshine to those who can’t get out. We’ll make cookies and cards and then break up into small groups for short visits to some of our local congregational shut-ins. Cheer them up with cookies, cards and a little conversation!

1 of 15 slots filled
Sheri Sinaga

Keep it Clean! (8)

Help us sort small hygiene kit items for the homeless. We’ll repack ‘em and get them ready to go!

All slots filled
Judith Dubowy
Mike Crosby (2)
Susie OConnor (3)
Jay Alhadeff
Wendy Dunlap

Lagoon Monster (40)

No monsters at the Colorado Lagoon, just debris that needs to get cleaned up before the fish and animals eat it. The goal is wildlife preservation, and this project will start with a short educational session geared for elementary kids.

18 of 40 slots filled
Stephanie Rosenblatt
Roni Shevick
Rabbi Michal Loving (5)
Jill Unze (2)
Vicki Scherwin (4)
Rochelle Anderson (2)
Jennifer Fraga (2)
Kylie Batovsky

PB&J all the Way (40)

Be part of our fun production line and see what 1500 sandwiches look like! Make and package PB&J sandwiches that will feed lots of hungry people in our area. Great for kids 5+.

22 of 40 slots filled
Jill Fisher Granek (2)
Gloria Azbell
Susie Amster (2)
Renee Florsheim
Natalie Lissak
Melissa Newman (4)
Laurie Arroyo
Kip Boatwright (2)
Doris Camp
Lisa Glick (2)
Theresa Petit
Irene Marquez
Judy Blumenthal
Stefanie Miller
Robin Lilien

Private Matters (sorry, no kids) (6)

Comfortable with tools? Help cover a wrought iron gate so there’s more privacy for handicapped and homeless waiting for the restroom at Christian Outreach, 3rd & Linden. Make life a little nicer! No kids on this one please.


Prom Boutique! (15+ w/parent / 15-17 w/parent's permission slip) (25)

Help low income high school kids go to the prom! Help sort, hang, size & organize prom/party dresses, (and suits for guys!), with accessories and shoes. Lots of activity, bending, hanging, we’re expecting 100s of items! Please bring your donations.

6 of 25 slots filled
Linda Waltzman
Wendy Golden
Natalie Swit
Lisa Raufman
Joanne Lopez
Sheryl Stewart

Put it Here! (2)

Help install metal shelving units at a great little food bank at 7th & Atlantic. They serve over 30 families, mostly single mothers with kids and some homeless adults.

1 of 2 slots filled
Robert Friedenthal

Read Me a Story (40)

Come help homeless doggies at the SPCA. Bring a book and read to a dog. They’re lonely and great listeners! Your voice helps socialize the dogs for adoption. It’ll be artistic fun! Donate your used towels/blankets. Dogs want to feel comfy too!

23 of 40 slots filled
Leslie Hammond (2)
Dena Moskowitz (3)
Anika Kerekes
Harper Hogan (2)
Aravah Marcus
Asher Kain-O'Grady (3)
Lisa Hill (2)
Heidee Sinowitz Stoica (3)
Barrie Pink (4)
Lupe Gamarnik (2)

School is Cool! (12)

We’ll fill backpacks with school supplies for School on Wheels that tutors homeless & low-income kids to help them stay in school. All materials are provided, just show up and we’ll put sort & fill them together.

All slots filled
Emmit Aquino
Race Anderson
Matteo Taylor
Liam Prine
Madeline Taylor
Evan Burke
Nico Lopez
Ryker Batshon
Mable Verseput
Zeke Verseput
Mateo Cervantes
Bohdi Muska

Stitch in Time (25)

Join us for a knit or crochet-a-square session. Knit or crochet (if you already know how, or come & learn), there will be supplies. Your piece will become part of a bigger project; blankets for AIDS orphans, pockets for orphaned animals in Australia, etc.

15 of 25 slots filled
Tanya Comerford (2)
Pam Villano (2)
Leanora Weber
Kari Rahni (3)
Bobbie Gonzales (4)
Yocsandy Vega (3)
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