<UPDATED JAN. 18, 2024

COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM (CAT)
Justin Rudd's nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team

   
 

THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors, contributions to CAT are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals, and the environment.

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I AM A FIRM believer in the collective power of individuals joined in a spirit of goodwill and generous giving to bring about the success of an organization. That's why we need you to get involved. - Justin Rudd!

Community Action Team, California, Inc. 3040 E. First Street, Long Beach, CA 90803

501c3/Fed. Tax ID# is 05-0545777

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Please Support CAT • a 501c3 Nonprofit

RIGHT NOW, while the need is in your mind, won't you please donate? We receive no government monies, and depend entirely on people like you.

WE HOPE YOU share our love for animals, kids and the environment, and our wish is that you'll consider a gift of $25, $50, $100 or another amount so that we can continue to bring you and our community fun events and meaningful projects.

CHECKS can be made payable to CAT, Attn. Justin Rudd, 3040 E. First Street, Long Beach, CA 90803.

501c3/Fed. Tax ID# is 05-0545777



C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLA organization that includes:

• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
• Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
• Bulldog Beauty Contest
• Camp Justin!
• Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade
• Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
 
• Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
• Joy to the World! Christmas concert
• Long Beach Bake-Off
• Long Beach Christmas Cookie Contest
• Long Beach Father/Daughter Dance
• Long Beach Mom Prom
 
• Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
• Long Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K
• Miss Long Beach Pageant
• Miss
Southern California Pageant
• National Adult Spelling Bee
• National Kids Spelling Bee
• Operation Easter Basket
• Operation Santa Paws
• Say Cheese Long Beach! photo contest
• Sock-It-To-‘Em sock drive

• Full event list and calendar HERE.


 

 

Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT)

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Some of the Justin Rudd/C.A.T. upcoming events and projects



OPEN DAILY Riley's Red Wagon Book Swap
Open daily (unless it's raining) from about 9 a.m. until just before dark at 3040 E. First Street in Bluff Park. First-time guests can have five free books. They can keep those forever or bring them back to exchange for four more. This project is hosted by Justin Rudd.
JustinRudd.com/redwagon


30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, 9:30 and 10 a.m. start times, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe. Rain or shine.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup


Bulldog Beauty Contest & Haute Dogs Contests
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, 9 a.m - noon, 19th annual, concrete boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave., at Rosie's Dog Beach. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) host this event billed as one of the largest annual gathering of English bulldogs in the world. Some of the other contests that day for all breeds/mixes include National Mutt Show, Best in Show, best large dog, and best small dog. The dogs will parade down the red carpet and get judged by real-life beauty queens, all to help raise money for CAT/Haute Dogs and animal welfare causes.   $10/advance per dog; free to spectate.  Co-sponsored by Port of Long Beach. Register at
JustinRudd.com/hautedogs


National Kids Spelling Bee$1,000 National Kids Spelling Bee
Sunday, March 10, 2024, 2 p.m., 22nd annual, Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 E. The Toledo. Justin Rudd's Community Action Team hosts students in grades 3-5 from across North America as they try to spell correctly to win the $1,000 cash prize.
JustinRudd.com/bee

$1,000 National Adult Spelling Bee
Sunday, March 10, 2024, 4:30 p.m., 18th annual, Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 E. The Toledo. Justin Rudd's Community Action Team hosts teens and adults from across North America as they try to spell correctly to win the $1,000 prize, and half of that will go to the speller's favorite charity.
JustinRudd.com/adultbee


Father/Daughter Dance Long Beach Dance for Moms, Dads and Kids
Sunday, March 17, 2024, 4-6 p.m., Youth Center of Bay Shore Church, 5200 E. The Toledo, Belmont Shore. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team host their 19th annual dance that includes live DJ, homemade refreshments, prom-style photos, and dance contests. Early bird tickets are $10/couple, or $20/couple on the weekend of the event.
JustinRudd.com/dance


30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, March 16, 2024, 10 a.m., or arrive at 9:30 to get a head start, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup


ONE DAY ONLY: Operation Easter Basket
March 24, 2024, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Bay Shore Church's youth center, 5100 E. The Toledo. 19th annual. Baskets include items like art supplies, school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and candy and should be valued about $20. Please bring items to donate. Sign up to volunteer at
JustinRudd.com/easter


30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 2024, 10 a.m., 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup

Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
Sun., May ??, 2024, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 1 Granada Ave. This 7th annual event is free, and it's CAT's largest event with about 6,000 kids of all ages who get to sit in the drivers' seats. It is hosted by Justin Rudd, his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT), the Port of Long Beach and Councilwoman Kristina Duggan. About 100 large vehicles are expected to be stationed in the beachfront parking lot. Come climb aboard and explore. Some of previous years' vehicles included a street sweeper, garbage truck, cement mixers, a John Deere tractor, firetrucks, 18-wheelers, police cars, motorcycles, a city bus, cranes, forklift, and more. Free tickets available:
JustinRudd.com/truck

30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 10 a.m., or arrive at 9:30 to get a head start, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup


30-Minute Beach Cleanup (25th anniversary year!)
Saturday, June 15, 2024, 10 a.m., or arrive at 9:30 to get a head start, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup

Camp Justin!
June 20-23, 2022; 11th annual. For a few days each summer, Justin Rudd takes about a dozen deserving incoming high school seniors on day trips around Southern California and beyond. In previous years, the group: flew to Las Vegas for an overnight and stayed in a 5-star hotel; flew to San Francisco; toured college campuses; rode horses in Griffith Park; toured movie studios; dined with county commissioners, mayors and councilpeople, spent the night on the Queen Mary, and much more. The goal of the Camp is to help the students to "explore, dream and discover" while showing them more of the world outside the neighborhood and school in which they spend most of their time.
JustinRudd.com/campjustin


Clothing & Shoe Drive for Homeless
June 1-6, 2023. 10th annual. Deliver items directly to Christian Outreach in Action (COA), 515 E. 3rd St. (there is a chute to put the items in; the chute is low to the sidewalk on the left of the double doors on 3rd St.) or to Bay Shore Church office on weekdays before 2 p.m.(or Sunday mornings). For Justin Rudd's birthday (June 6), he asks the public to give the gift of used clothes and shoes. Each year, several truckloads of goods are collected and donated to area homeless service agencies.
JustinRudd.com

4th of July Kids Bike Parade Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade
Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 10 a.m., 20th annual, 1 Granada Ave., Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team host more than 500 kids on their patriotic-decorated bicycles, plus their parents, for a 2-mile ride along the beach bike path and the closed-to-auto-traffic-for-the-summer Bay Shore Ave. The day also includes a patriotic speech contest, and patriotic costume contest. Free. Sponsors include the Port of Long Beach, and Christie Peck.
JustinRudd.com/bikeparade


• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, July 15, 2023, 10 a.m., 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup


• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, 10 a.m., 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup


"SAY CHEESE LONG BEACH!" DIGITAL PHOTO CONTEST
16th annual. The photos in the contest should only be taken from Sept. 1-7, 2023. Contestants of all ages will be taking digital photos within the city limits and then submitting their top shots for the public exhibit.  At least $500 will be awarded for the best images. Hosted by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT).
justinrudd.com/saycheese

• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, 10 a.m., 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup


$1,000 Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 19th annual. 5200 E. Second Street. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team host about 60 adult artists who use the sidewalks of trendy Second Street to work on their large paper canvases.
JustinRudd.com/chalk


• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, 10 a.m., 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe. Cash prizes for best kid and adult costumes.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup


Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, 4 p.m. 21st annual, 1 Granada Ave. on the concrete boat launch ramp adjacent to Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach, 90803. Free to participate and/or spectate. Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) hosts about 250 people with their animals as they get "blessed" by about five various faith leaders.
JustinRudd.com/blessing


Haute Dog Howl'oween ParadeHaute Dog Howl’oween Parade
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, 2:30 p.m., 22nd annual, NEW LOCATION: beachfront grassy park and path in front of former Belmont Pool, 4000 E. Olympic Plaza (just west of Rosie's Dog Beach), Long Beach, 90803. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team (CAT) host the biggest Halloween pet event in the world. There is a vendor and pet adoption fair from 12:30-4:30 p.m., but the highlight of the day is the 400+ costumed dogs as they parade a few blocks in front of a few thousand gawkers and a panel of judges. $10/advance/dog. There is no charge for humans to walk in the parade (with or without pets), and it's free to spectate. Front-row chairs can be rented on-site for $5/cash.
JustinRudd.com/howloween


Teen/Miss/Ms./Mrs. Long Beach pageant and Teen/Miss/Ms./Mrs. Southern California pageant
Sat., Nov. 4, 2023: 5 p.m., concert hall/fellowship hall at Bay Shore Church, Belmont Shore. The Miss Long Beach Pageant was created in 1950 and is now produced by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). The eight titleholders each receive $1,500 appearance contracts to volunteer at CAT events.
MissLongBeach.com and MissSouthernCalifornia.com


30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, 9:30 a.m.: 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup


Long Beach Turkey Trot & Kids 1/2-Mile Wingding for charity
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2023; 21st annual; 1 Granada Ave. is the start and finish. Two start times: 7:30 and 9 a.m. Walk/run.
JustinRudd.com/trot


Joy to the World! free Christmas concert - TICKETS REQUIRED
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023; 5 p.m., 9th annual; Bay Shore Church sanctuary, 5100 E. The Toledo, free with donation of a pack of mens black athletic socks, or canned goods or non-perishables for a local food bank. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team present this free 26-piece professional brass and percussion group from the Southern California Brass Consortium.
JustinRudd.com/concert

Long Beach Christmas Cookie Contest & Long Beach Bake-off
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023; 6:30 p.m., 11th annual Bake-Off and Christmas Cookie Contest, Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 E. The Toledo. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team host a few dozen bakers and checks to charities on behalf of the top-6 bakers with the best homemade holiday cookies and baked goods. The free awards/tasting reception follows the free, ticketed Christmas Concert by Southern California Brass Consortium (see concert listing above).
JustinRudd.com/cookiecontest


Operation Santa Paws
For the month of Dec. 2023, please collect pet toys, treats, cleaning supplies, and take them to your favorite shelter or rescue at a convenient time/date for you. We are not transporting items this year, nor gathering as a group to visit any shelters. Hosted by Justin Rudd, his nonprofit Community Action Team and Haute Dogs. 
JustinRudd.com/santapaws

30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023; 930 and 10 a.m. start times, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup


Sock-It-To-‘Em sock drive for the homeless
Jan. 1-31, 2024; 22nd annual. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team (CAT) hold an annual collection of new pairs of socks with a goal to collect 20,000 pairs for area homeless men, women, and youth. The socks are distributed to area agencies. Most requested are men’s black crew socks. Wish lists at JustinRudd.com/target and JustinRudd.com/amazon
JustinRudd.com/socks


30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, 9:30 and 10 a.m. start times: 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team have been hosting the monthly cleanup since June 1999. Approx. 175 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe.
JustinRudd.com/cleanup




Community Action Team events, contests, and projects on Facebook
SOME OF OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGES:
Long Beach, Calif. (103,100+ likes, most popular);  Belmont Shore! (23,100+ likes); Long Beach Losers; Haute Dogs (14,400 likes); Long Beach Turkey Trot; 30-Minute Beach Cleanup




THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. CAT is a 501c3 is governed by a board of directors. Contributions are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals, and the environment. Some monies also go towards event permits, insurance, Web hosting, refreshments, prizes, printing, advertising, salary and office administrative costs.

THE GOAL OF CAT is to implement programs, events, education, support and advocacy that will focus on such relevant issues as youth, education, the environment, our beaches, health/fitness, and animal welfare. CAT's mission is to embrace humanity with care and compassion, while encouraging those around us to explore, dream and discover the tenets of civility, kindness and understanding of all people.

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