A beloved member of BCHD's Center for Health & Fitness Team

Not many men of 21 years of age are focused on serving their community, but for Manhattan Beach resident Max Kelber, that’s exactly what he does.

Looking ahead, Max is planning on studying at El Camino College, but while he decides which career he wants to pursue, he exemplifies his selfless nature and volunteers for Beach Cities Health District's (BCHD) Center for Health & Fitness (CHF).

For the past three years, Max has committed an incredible amount of time to support CHF operations. Three times a week, he spends between two to three hours helping out at the front desk. He spends his volunteer shifts providing information to members, and helping those who come in for a tour of the facility.
Featured Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re interested in volunteering (getting back to it or taking the next step to volunteer) with BCHD, we have a COVID-19 safety protocol in place for every role. See below for what’s currently available and please stay tuned to our newsletters and website as new opportunities arise! Anyone is welcome to fill out our volunteer application at to pursue available volunteer roles. If you are or have been a BCHD volunteer or if you have questions, you’re invited to email us at

HIGH NEED: Vaccine Clinic Volunteer- Medical & Non-medical
We will be holding 18 COVID-19 vaccine clinics starting the week of November 8 and are in need of additional support for non-medical and medical roles. Non-medical roles range from assisting with traffic flow and safety, to observing and helping fill out cards. Medical roles include vaccinators, vaccine mixers, and adverse reaction observers; medical credentials are required for these roles.
These clinics will specifically be held for youth ages 5-11 and will take place Mon.-Thurs, 3-7 p.m. & Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (locations will vary throughout the Beach Cities). If you are interested in supporting us with these upcoming clinics, please fill out this form and Volunteer Services will follow up with more details.
Additional training will be required and provided.

Administrative Office Front Desk Volunteer- HIGH NEED
Our admin department is looking for volunteer help including telephone coverage; front desk screening of staff and visitors; periodic disinfection of shared spaces; mail and package distribution; badge making; supplies inventory; assembling marketing packets; assisting with Help Desk Ticket tasks and projects. Weekly 4-hour shift commitment on a regular basis is required.
Center for Health & Fitness Front Desk Volunteer
CHF is looking for volunteer support with screening members at its check-in table downstairs, ensuring members have read and signed the new COVID-19 Code of Conduct, reviewing verbal screening questions with members, taking and recording temperatures on a log sheet, assisting with cleaning equipment between reservations, and greeting members and directing them for proper gym entry and exit. Weekly commitment of 3 hours a week on a regular basis.

CHF Outdoor Exercise Assistance
Additional volunteer help is needed at CHF with outdoor classes and check-in. Tasks include assisting with outdoor equipment set up, checking members in on our software system and helping put equipment away. Various shifts are available throughout the rest of the year. For more information and to sign up for a shift, see HERE.

Do You Knit or Crochet? Make a Blanket for a Veteran
As part of a long running legacy program at BCHD, volunteers make blankets for individuals who could use some warmth and care. BCHD invites you to make a blanket approximately 36”x48” in size. In honor of both Day of Remembrance and Veterans Day, the blankets will be collected the week of November 11. Please fill out our form HERE to sign-up to make a blanket.
Event Volunteer Opportunity- Let it Snow Redondo, December 4
The Redondo Beach Police Department will arrange to bring Snow to Seaside Lagoon. Volunteers will assist by staffing BCHD's booth, including engaging residents and providing information on programs and services. Please fill out this form to sign up to volunteer for this event.

2021 Volunteer Hours

While volunteer support has changed with our continued adaptations due to COVID-19, we are so grateful for the commitment of our community to help others. Below is a capture of time reported in 2021. The numbers below indicate groceries shopped for, prescriptions picked up, calls made, Center for Health & Fitness front desk shifts, Free Fitness event volunteers, committees met, administrative support, intern projects, gardens kept, and more.

January: 1,314
February: 1,551
March: 3,402
April: 3,173
May: 2,566
June: 1,391
July: 1,580
August: 1,684
September: 1,554

Total: 18,215
Volunteer Anniversaries

Although many of you still are not back to actively volunteering in your usual roles right now, we are endlessly grateful for your commitment. The many collective years of effort toward a healthy beach community from our volunteers is truly incredible. Special shoutout to Mary Burschinger and Donna Chiodo-Guthrie for hitting the 5-year mark! We are so glad for everyone’s support, time, and dedication.

Betty Raulin, 39
Claudia Lindwall, 19
Pat O'Blenes, 14
Andrea Hughes, 12
Carolyn Jurk, 11
Amy Myers, 9
Don Luke, 6
April Diedrich, 3
Leslie Kolczak, 3
Debbie Martin, 3
Cynthia Mendoza, 3
Mary Ann Stein, 3
Dee Gustavson, 2
Jennifer Steffen, 2

*Official years of service in BCHD system.
Just for Fun Puzzle Time!
Enjoy some down time solving this super fun Word Search by finding all of the words hidden in the puzzle. The words may be placed diagonally, horizontally, vertically, or backwards.
September Answer Key
Virtual Mindfulness Drop-In
Take 30 minutes to downshift and practice mindfulness techniques. The guided session will be led by a trained Beach Cities Health District instructor, Carrie Kerster.
Wednesday, November 3
 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Mental Health & Happiness Series
Learn how to boost your well-being through evidence-based practices to build resilience, feel more connected and be happier. The series focuses on the building blocks to help create a healthier and happier you. Presented by Beach Cities Health District in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

Topics include:
Maximize Gratitude: Express appreciation and savor kindness 
Tuesday, November 9 from 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.