10th Annual “Turkey Trot”


Long Beach Poly HS Championship Bound Athletes Deliver Hope to Homeless in 10th Annual “Turkey Trot”

LONG BEACH, Calif. – For the 10th consecutive year athletes from Long Beach Polytechnic High School’s swim and water polo teams are raising food and awareness for Lutheran Social Services Long Beach.

“Long Beach Poly is located in inner city Long Beach,” said Kalani Caldwell, a teacher and girls’ swim coach. “I think a lot of our students that come to Poly are not necessarily from this area. They haven’t really experienced what it’s like to grow up in this neighborhood hungry.”

Around 50 students are expected to participate in the 10th anniversary of the run before heading back to campus to cheer on their counterparts on the Boys Varsity Water Polo team in the CIF Southern California Division III Regional semifinals at L.A. City Section champion Palisades.  What a generous way to kick off the semifinals! Each athlete will carry at least one canned food item in the 3/4-mile run from Long Beach Poly to the Lutheran Social Services Long Beach offices.

“I think it’s important for the youth to be able to get involved and see that there are needs in their surrounding community,” said Wendy Rubio, Program Manager for Lutheran Social Services.

Lutheran Social Services Long Beach serves more than 1,000 people struggling with poverty every month.

“I think it’s important to give back because it does give us a sense of humanity and generosity that a lot of people forget in the climate we currently live in,” said former Jackrabbit and student athlete, Kris. “Being able to do such a simple act of kindness reminds us how we should treat each other.”

 Located in the city of Long Beach, LSS Long Beach/ South Bay serves over 1,000 individuals and families each month through a comprehensive emergency assistance program. Assessing the client’s overall condition at intake, our staff and benefit specialists tailor programs and partner resources to individual need and engagement. Equipping those we serve with self-empowering tools and solution-based resources, we patiently walk alongside our clients on the road to independence.

Comments are closed.
Ambassadors are short-term volunteers who open doors for our organization in the community, introducing new people at our bi-monthly Fostering Community Care event. These are one hour awareness events only (no solicitations are made) to expose people to the great work of LSS Community Care. To become an Ambassador here are your responsibilities:
  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
Become an Ally

Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty.

Other ways to help the Southern California Family Support Initiative
  • Be an Ad-Hoc Ally – share your special skill or talent
  • Be a member of your local Community Leadership Team
  • Assist with weekly Child Care/Children’s Programs
  • Be a Community Spokesman – talk about the initiative and recruit others to join
  • Financially Sponsor a Family Leader
  • Facilitate/assist with Training Our Leaders and Allies
  • Behind-the-scenes work – internet research, graphic design, writing
We are actively seeking individuals and groups to be a part of our on-going mission to serve those in need. LSS administers over 50 specialized programs and services throughout the Southern California region. Contact your nearest LSS Center to hear about the local opportunities they have available.
Be a positive role model
Give back to others and help change lives
Transform communities
Spend your time doing something rewarding
Meet new people
Have fun
Learn new skills, share your talents, build your resume

The life you change most – may be your own!