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
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
|• Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
|• Haute Dog Contests
|• Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
|• Haute Dog Poetry Contest
|• 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 Giving Project
|• Long Beach Heroes awards
|• Long Beach Losers
|• Long Beach Mom Prom
|• Long Beach Polar Splash!
|• Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
|• Long Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K
|• Miss Long Beach Pageant
• Mother's Day Concert (free)
|• National Adult Spelling Bee
|• National Kids Spelling Bee
|• Operation Easter Basket
|• Operation Santa Paws
|• Red High Heels Walk
|• Roses Are Red… poetry contest
|• Say Cheese Long Beach! photo contest
|• Southern California Beard & Mustache Championship
|• Southern California National Anthem Sing-Off
|• Southern California Tattoo Championship
• Full event list and calendar HERE.
Some of the Justin Rudd/C.A.T. upcoming events and projects
• CLOSED Riley's Red Wagon Book Swap - open daily
Open daily (unless it's raining) from about 9 a.m. til just before dark at 3040 E. First Street in Bluff Park. First-time guests can have FOUR FREE BOOKS. They can keep those four forever or bring them back to exchange for four more. It's a little free library of sorts, except it's not little -- there are about 750 selections daily for kids and adults. This project is not an official CAT project, but is hosted by Justin Rudd.
• CANCELLED Long Beach Heroes awards dinner
Sunday, Jan. 2021; 6 p.m., 10th annual, Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 E. The Toledo. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team honor ordinary, unsung citizens who do amazing things in our community. Each hero receives a check for $500 to continue doing the good work they are doing. Nomination period is Jan. 1-10.
• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021: 258th month, 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.
• Long Beach Polar Splash!
CANCELLED Jan. 2021, 10:40 a.m., 10th annual, next to Rosie's Dog Beach, 1 Granada Ave. Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) donates $5 to various schools and charities on behalf of every person that plunges into the Pacific (for groups of 15 or more), up to $2,000. The splash follows the 10 a.m. beach cleanup.
• Long Beach Father/Daughter Dance
CANCELLED Sunday, Jan. 2021, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 16th annual, Bay Shore Church youth center, 5200 E. The Toledo. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) host dozens of dads and their little girls for dancing, homemade refreshments, and dance contests. Tunes by an awesome DJ. Prom-style photos by Woody Woods. Girls may also be accompanied by their grandfather, uncle, guardian or another adult male relative/friend. Early bird tickets are $10/couple before event day, or $20/couple/cash at the door on event day.
• HAPPENING NOW Sock-It-To-‘Em sock drive for the homeless
Jan. 1-31, 2021; 19th annual. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team (CAT) hold an annual collection of new pairs of socks with a goal to collect 14,000 pairs for area homeless men, women, and youth. The socks are distributed to area agencies: MHA Village, COA, Precious Lamb, Beacon for Him, City of Long Beach Multi-Service Center, His Little Feet, Long Beach Fire Department's HEART homeless outreach program, St. Luke's shower program, and Long Beach Rescue Mission. Please drop off socks to the Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 The Toledo @ Granada Ave., Belmont Shore, M-F, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or leave them in a bag outside the church’s office door after hours. Most requested are men’s black crew socks. You can also donate to Paypal to Justin@JustinRudd.com and we'll purchase socks for you.
• CANCELLED Long Beach Shelter Valentine’s Card Contest & Yappy Hour
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, (NEW TIME) 11 a.m., 11th annual, Long Beach Animal Care Services, Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team will host a card contest for students in the surrounding area, and the cards are hung on the cages of all the dogs and cats awaiting new homes during this Valentine's season. The Yappy Hour features the card judging and awards ceremony, love songs are played, and human refreshments are served as potential adopters visit with animals. Free to spectate and enter the contest. Card contest winner gets a pizza party! Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring Street. Free parking.
• CANCELLED Bulldog Beauty Contest & Haute Dogs Contests with Pet Adoption Fair
Sunday, Feb., 2021; 17th annual, Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way @ Eliot Street, 9:30 a.m. til 3:30 p.m. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) host this event billed as the largest gathering of English bulldogs in the world. Some of the other 19 contests that day for all breeds/mixes include National Mutt Show, Best in Show, best large dog, best small dog, best tail, best legs, best smile, and best butt. The dogs will parade down the red carpet and get judged by real-life beauty queens, all to help raise money for CAT and animal welfare causes. Cat and dog adoption fair, food trucks and vendors, too. $10/advance per dog; free to spectate. Co-sponsored by Councilwoman Suzie Price and Port of Long Beach.
• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, 10 a.m., 259th consecutive month, 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.
• CANCELLED"Roses Are Red..." Poetry Contest
Saturday, Feb., 2021, 10:35 a.m., following the "30-Minute Beach Cleanup." 10th annual. To participate in the cleanup and poetry contest, arrive 9:35 - 10 a.m. and get free parking when you enter the beachfront lot at 1 Granada Ave., Long Beach, 90803. RULES: Poems can be read and must be under 30 seconds. All should start with "Roses are red..." and be original. Students and adults welcome. Entrants can enter as many as two poems. Poets of all ages welcome. Age and grade level will be taken into consideration by judges. Awards include $20 bills. Rain or shine.
• CANCELLED Red Shoes & Red Heels Walk
Saturday, Feb., 2021, noon; 11th annual, starts/ends at Livingston Park, corner of Livingston Drive and Park Ave.; Justin Rudd's Community Action Team hosts this red-shoes-only, 1-mile walk for men, women and youth on the sidewalks of Second Street to bring awareness to heart health issues during Heart Health Month. Free to participate. Rain or shine.
• CANCELLED $1,000 National Kids Spelling Bee
Sunday, March, 2021, 2 p.m., 20th annual, Bay Shore Church sanctuary, 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.
• CANCELLED $1,000 National Adult Spelling Bee
Sunday, March, 2021, 4:30 p.m., 16th annual, Bay Shore Church sanctuary, 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.
• CANCELLED 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 a.m., 250th consecutive month, 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.
• CANCELLED Haute Dog Poetry Contest
Saturday, March, 2021, 10:35 a.m., 10th year, after the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup, 1 Granada Ave.
- poetry does not have to be memorized
- poems must be one minute or less
- no props; dogs welcome
- all ages welcome to enter, entry is free
- poetry must be original and dog-themed
- microphone provided
- bring a printed copy of your poem
- max. two poems per entrant
- sign-up at the event (dogs welcome to attend)
• MOVED ONLINE Long Beach Giving Project
Sunday, March, 2021, 6 p.m., 14th annual, Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 E. The Toledo. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team give $500 cash to about 13 teams of local volunteers, and tasks them to go out and buy goods and services for those in need in the city. And, they have only one week to do the giving. The week concludes with a dinner, and each "giver team" presents what he/she did with the money, in front of their peers and a panel of judges.
• CANCELLED: Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
Saturday, March, 2021, 9:30 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 Suzie Price. More than 100 large vehicles are expected to be stationed in the beachfront parking lot. Come climb aboard and explore. Some of last year's 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:
• CANCELLED: Long Beach Mom Prom - dance for moms and their kids
Sunday, April, 2021, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Youth Center of Bay Shore Church, 5200 E. The Toledo, Belmont Shore. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team host their 7th annual
dance that includes a DJ, homemade refreshments, prom photos, dance contests, and the crowning of a prom queen. Early bird tickets are $10/couple, or $20/couple on the weekend of the event.
•PRODUCT ALREADY DISTRIBUTED Operation Easter Basket
Wed./Thurs./Fri., April 8/9/10, 2020, 16th annual, Bay Shore Church youth center (new location), 5200 E. The Toledo. Wednesday and Thursday hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team host a collection drive and assembly to put together about 3,500 essentials-filled baskets for the most needy kids in our community. Baskets include items like art supplies, school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and candy. RSVP to volunteer:
• CANCELLED 30-Minute Beach Cleanup & Pajama Party
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10 a.m., 251st consecutive month, 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. There will be cash prizes for kids and for adults who are wearing the best pajamas during the cleanup, so just roll out of bed and join us.
• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 10 a.m., 252nd consecutive month, 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.
• Clothing & Shoes Drive for Homeless
June 1-6, 2020. Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 E. The Toledo. 7th annual. For Justin Rudd's birthday (June 6), he asks the public to give the gift of used clothes and shoes. Last year,
several huge truckloads of goods were collected and donated to area homeless service agencies.
• CANCELLED 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 10 a.m., 253rd consecutive month, 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.
• CANCELLED $1,000 Southern California National Anthem Sing-Off
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 10:30 a.m., 8th annual, 1 Granada Ave. on the beach's boat launch ramp. Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team invite singers of all ages to sing a cappella the last part of the National Anthem for the crowd following the day's beach cleanup. Then finalists will sing the entire song for the crowd. The winner goes home with a $1,000 contract to sing the Anthem at their choice of 20 Community Action Team events within a year.
• CANCELLED Camp Justin!
June 20-27, 2020;
10th annual. For a week 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.