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Volunteers: Manhattan Beach Needs You

Aug 24, 2023 08:43AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Volunteers for the P.S. I Love You Foundtion's Day at the Beach. Photo via P.S. I Love You Foundation.

Got some free time, Manhattan Beach? Fall is a busy time for local events, and there are  organizations that could use your gift of time. Here's your chance to lend a hand to various volunteer causes:

Dune Restoration, Friday, August 25

(A rendering what the Manhattan Beach dunes might look like following restoration. Image via The Bay Foundation.)

Come volunteer to help The Bay Foundation remove non-native iceplant from the dunes along the Strand in Manhattan Beach. This project will evaluate a living restored shoreline with a diverse plant and wildlife community as an approach to increase coastal resiliency. The California State Coastal Conservancy is fully funding this project through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and California Climate Investments, which are programs that put cap and trade dollars to work. (See more information on the dune restoration project here.)

The event will take place between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Meet at 23rd and the Strand. Sign up here.

The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation (Ongoing)

(Photo via Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation)

The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation is looking for volunteers for its ocean therapy sessions. Volunteer jobs can include surf instructor, water safety volunteer, beach volunteer, or other contributors. Manhattan Beach events take place at 42nd Street and the Strand. Upcoming events will take place on August 28, 29, 31; September 9, 19, 23; and October 5, 7, and 10. 

P.S. I Love You Foundation's Day at the Beach, 

Saturday, September 9

(Photo via P.S. I Love You Foundation)

PS I Love You Foundation’s 22nd Annual Day at The Beach Community Event unites 300+ underserved youth from schools, shelters and foster care programs across LA County with over 300 caring adult mentors and their families for a healthy interactive day of trust & relationship building, inclusion, laughter and Lots of LOVE.

The foundation is looking for mentors (adults 18 or over) to share in a day of healthy interaction, inclusion, trust building, fun and friendship with relay races, mini golf, boogie boarding, face painting, cupcake making and more.

The event will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. between 6th and 8th Streets on the beach. Sign up here.

Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 23

(Trash found on the beach - Photo via Heal the Bay)

Love your local beach? Join Heal the Bay for a Coastal Cleanup Day on September 23.

There are two cleanup locations in Manhattan Beach: one at the Manhattan Beach Pier with the Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center, and one on El Porto Beach at 45th and the Strand. (Make sure you select the correct location when you register). 

The cleanup will take place between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Sign up here.

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair, 

Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8

(Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Board - Photo via Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair.)

The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair, an all-volunteer-run event, celebrates its 51st anniversary this year. Anyone over the age of 12 can volunteer at the fair, and students may earn community service credits for volunteering. Volunteers can work as many hours as they wish and all volunteers receive a fair tee shirt.  

Events that need volunteers are Kid Country, Battle of the Bands, Traffic and Security, Community Showcase, T-Shirt Sales Booth and Free Games.

Volunteers are needed Friday through Sunday, October 6-8, at various times. Sign up here.

Manhattan Beach 10K, Saturday, October 7

(Photo via MB 10K)

The Manhattan Beach 10K has been a volunteer organized, non-profit since 1978 and has given back over $560,000 to the community.

Sign up to volunteer here.

Skechers Friendship Walk, Sunday, October 29

The Skechers Friendship Walk is now in its 15th year of raising funds for local schools and kids with special needs. The volunteer sign-up form is not live yet, but watch this space for more.

TEDx Manhattan Beach, Saturday, November 4

TEDx Manhattan Beach is a local, independently organized TED event, now in its 18th year. Sign up to volunteer here.

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