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Virtual Race With A View helps local COVID victims

As the world faces the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, it would be almost impossible to find a person whose life has not been upended to some degree by this serious public health crisis. What has not changed is that now, more than ever, the greater Long Beach community needs access to affordable mental health counseling and social services for everyone, regardless of religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, or immigration status.

How can you help? Participate in JFCS Virtual Race With A View and help JFCS bring attention to the importance of access to affordable, professional mental health counseling and support for everyone in our community, particularly during this time when many find themselves struggling with depression, anxiety, and grief. This event began on May 1 and continues through May 31 to coincide with National Mental Health Awareness Month.

Register at virtual.racewithaview.com, and then any time before June 1, go for a walk or a run outside or indoors on a treadmill. Create a team of registered friends and family members and remember to observe all physical distancing and safety guidelines. Walk any distance you choose along any route you like. Upload your time and post your activity and photos on social media via the links provided on the website.

Registration is $35, and students ages 18-22 pay $20; teams of 3-10 pay $25 per person. A special Family Plan lets children 17 or under register for free with a paying adult. T-shirts and finisher medals will be available for pick-up this summer, and all participants will be notified by email of the dates and times they will be available. Participants in Virtual Race With A View will fulfill qualification requirements for the Long Beach Trifecta 5K/10K Series for Good.

JFCS is operating remotely and continues to provide counseling using a phone and video conferencing for both existing and new clients, thanks in part to a grant provided by the Long Beach Community Foundation to meet the basic needs of people impacted by COVID-19. Its social work team is checking in by phone with seniors to provide a few minutes of socialization while ensuring that they have food, medicine, and other essentials. Volunteers are running errands to deliver necessary items. JFCS has also teamed up with the Long Beach Health Department and other community organizations to help them reach out to the many seniors they serve.

For more information, visit virtual.racewithaview.com or jfcslongbeach.org, or call (562) 427-7916.

This article was released by JFCS.