The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach proudly presents AIDS Walk Long Beach. The 2017 walk will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017, and will kick off at 8am at Bixby Park before a beautiful finish at The Long Beach Museum of Art. All proceeds from AIDS Walk Long Beach benefit Long Beach organizations serving members within our local community.
Since its founding, AIDS Walk Long Beach has raised millions of dollars to support those most vulnerable and most in need served by Long Beach-based organizations. Funds raised support critical prevention services including free condoms, HIV and STI testing, food pantry support, case management, PrEp and PEP counseling, medication support, and social and support groups in multiple languages.
REGISTRATION IS ONLY $25!
Youth 12 years old and younger only $10!
Each walker who registers will be encouraged to fundraise towards our collective goal each year. Funds collected will support not only the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach’s programs and services, but also local benefiting agencies that provide services for people impacted by HIV/AIDS. Your minimum $100 fundraising goal will support services that include: mental health services, food bank services, emergency support funds, medical case management, appointment transportation and support for children.
AIDS Walk Long Beach brings awareness and support to local organizations giving services to people and communities impacted by HIV.
SUPPORTING MANY VOICES
AIDS Walk Long Beach exists because there are many organizations in our community who benefit from community support to serve those impacted by HIV. That is why the walk highlights a unified voice among local organizations, supporting local organizations, with the goal to bring an end to HIV.
The 2017 AIDS Walk Long Beach will start at the historic Bixby Park Band Shell and will head towards Junipero Beach in picturesque Long Beach, California. Enjoy the scenic view of the city’s namesake beach while you walk a total of 3.12 miles (5k) with your community. The walk will turn around at about 1.5 miles at the home of Long Beach’s most iconic sports venues — the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. From there, the walk will double back towards Junipero Beach and ending at the Long Beach Museum of Art for a cliffside finish line with amazing panoramic views of our marvelous beach.
Thank you to our amazing sponsors for their endless support and encouragement. It’s with community support theirs that we are able to achieve our goals of ending this epidemic in our city.
Thank you for choosing to support Long Beach AIDS Walk and the many organizations that have joined to support local efforts to make programs and services accessible to those living with HIV in our community. Your efforts to raise money for those organizations and the Center will help continue the amazing work we are dedicated to provide.
Fundraising can be easy
Creating a team of people to help raise money makes asking for donations much easier. A team of local daily walkers or a newly established walking group of co-workers can encourage support from many with simple posts, calls to action and email. Here’s how you can start your own team and start towards your set goal to help stop HIV in Long Beach.
Bringing awareness and support to local organizations giving services to people and communities impacted by HIV is the mission of AIDS Walk Long Beach. The best way for us to achieve that mission is by coming together as a community. Volunteers are the backbone of events like AIDS Walk Long Beach, providing the much needed encouragement to walkers in the morning, staffing rest stops along the route and passing out water or helping stage the finish line event at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Your energy and support are what makes this event possible.
If this is your first time or your 10th time walking, we always have questions and we’re here to help. If your question isn’t answered bellow, please do not hesitate to email our Health Services team who will be glad to offer some assistance!
What will happen if you I don’t reach my minimum goal of $100?
We understand that reaching a goal of $100 can be difficult, specially with the large number of charities you can chose from. AIDS Walk Long Beach is a local fundraiser that helps many and wants to commit to that goal. If you are not able to reach your goal by November 5th, we will ask you to commit to raise the remaining amount by December 30th. If you can’t reach that goal we will ask for a credit card or debit card to pay for the remaining balance. In the end, we are here to help you and can offer you tools and support to reach your goal. You can reach anyone at the Center’s health services department to get you the support that you need by the end of the year.Back to Index
How do people donate towards my team or individual fundraising page?
When you first register you should receive two emails. One from Active letting you know that your registration was successful and a second email from CrowdRise. AIDS Walk Long Beach is partnering up with CrowdRise to help walkers reach their individual fundraising goals by providing you with a unique page. You can use that URL on social media, send it via a personal email or add it to a website/newsletter to get people to see your efforts. If you get checks written or mailed in to you, feel free to either (1) bring them to the Center where a health services staff member can enter that information to your fundraising goal or (2) bring those checks to registration at the starting line.Back to Index
Does everyone one on my team have to raise the minimum fundraising goal?
Yes. Each person on your team needs to register individually and join the team they want. The goal of the walk, besides raising money is also raising awareness about our cause. Each person that is approached will hear first hand experiences about why we are walking. Your story, your experience and those experiences from your team will help educate folks about the continued struggle we are facing of stopping HIV today.Back to Index
Which local organizations is AIDS Walk Long Beach supporting this year?
Each year AIDS Walk Long Beach will support local organizations that provided needed services to people living with HIV. Those organizations are selected by the planning committee and invited to participate as a benefiting charity. The 2017 benefiting group includes:
Dignity Health’s CARE Program
The AIDS Food Store
The Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center
The Bickerstaff Clinic at Long Beach Memorial Hospital
Health Services at the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach