From April 19 through April 25, 2020, CCEJ highlighted volunteers that help make CCEJ programs possible. CCEJ could not exist without the thousands of hours of service dedicated by our volunteers who help us design and deliver programs, convene special events and raise funds, provide administrative support in our offices, and assist our staff in many ways each year. Thank you, CCEJ Volunteers, for all your support!
Read about some of our amazing volunteers below.
Interfaith Intercultural Breakfast Committee Volunteers
Rev. Wood: “I’ve been blessed to work with CCEJ because this organization represents all that I was taught concerning fairness, social justice and equality. It is one of the few organizations that effectively serves all people regardless of age, race or faith-choice. CCEJ brings hope and a refreshing spirit that flows throughout the Long Beach community. Its caring and thoughtful service has made very positive and effective changes in many lives for many years. It was a great vision. And thank God for its positive, dedicated and caring leadership.”
Darci: “As communities strive to navigate a rapidly shifting world and now especially as we move forward through these days of COVID-19, a culture that builds relationships is key to strengthening and transitioning each community. We will need to work together now more than ever to connect ideas, people, and processes for what can be a rapidly developing new economy. It will need to be a culture of compassion, basic shared values, and civility that supports continuing innovation. People will want to be creators in the change around them rather than chasing after it or worse, becoming paralyzed. I can think of no better organization to work with to move us forward into a community that shares each other’s burdens and builds our neighborhoods together. Cities are created for people. This is why I support CCEJ.”
Robert: “Since the first time my husband and I attended a CCEJ Interfaith Intercultural Breakfast, I realized that CCEJ is doing the important transformative work in the community that I support: to educate about equality and justice, especially with the youth in Long Beach – I wanted to support that effort in some way. Even now, during this world-wide pandemic, CCEJ is committed to keeping their programs going on-line to educate and raise issues about how Covid-19 is impacting the minority community in a disproportionate way – especially through the restorative justice work they do with youth which helps to reduce incarceration and bring healing to families. About my photo: We have a grapefruit tree that is loaded and we have been putting the fruit at the curb and posting in our Wrigley Neighborhood Facebook page inviting people to come help themselves!”
Healing Harms Volunteers
Jason: “I’ve been a volunteer with CCEJ for about 7 months. I’ve read lots of articles and books about mass incarceration and how being prosecuted by the traditional system forever impacts someone’s life and I see my work here as being a part of a solution to help young people change their trajectory. When I volunteer with CCEJ on youth diversion cases, I’ve been able to connect and build relationships with young people and their families in a unique way that makes me feel like a counselor and friend. It’s not easy work, but it is very rewarding because it puts good in the world. I can see that CCEJ brings hope to families through intervention. Many organizations are having a hard time thinking outside of the box and their customers are feeling neglected and underappreciated, but the CCEJ hasn’t abandoned the community. They are continuing to reach out and show support while offering services to help families during this challenging time.”
Christine: “I have been volunteering with CCEJ for the last 3 years. The Healing Harms trainings and me practicing as a volunteer helps me create a space and voice for students and their families as we navigate challenging moments and it also helps me practice those same skills with my family. CCEJ brings connection through sharing resources and ideas in our communities.”
Building Bridges Volunteers
Maddy: “I’ve been volunteering with CCEJ for 3+ years! Being involved with an organization that strives to support and meet the needs of youth and community members’ is what motivates me to continue volunteering. CCEJ always reminds us of the importance of self care, which is especially needed during this era of uncertainty amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Maria: “I have been volunteering with CCEJ around the summer of 2019. CCEJ has brought me into a community of family which will also make me smile through the dark times. During this time CCEJ brings a shoulder/ ear to anyone who may need it whether it may be out of pure fun or checking in.”