The DC Center for the LGBT Community has several recurring volunteer opportunities for groups and teams. In the past we’ve had many teams volunteer at the center including: fraternities and sororities, faith communities, employee resource groups, and sports teams. It can really be any group of people who want to give back to the community and build team spirit and connection through service. Here are some great opportunities for your team:
Your Team Can Host a Dinner for our LGBT Asylum Seekers
Center Global hosts a monthly dinner for LGBT asylum seekers typically on the third Saturday of every month. Our Asylum Seekers are folks who have fled their home countries and are seeking asylum based on their sexual orientation or gender identity//expression. They come from many countries including Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Iraq, and Jamaica. The dinner is a great opportunity for them to find community and support; to share experiences; and to learn about the asylum process and establishing a new life here in the United States. Your team can provide the meal for approximately 20-25 individuals. You would provide and serve the meal here at the DC Center. (We only have a microwave here, so it would need to be prepared off site) If you are interested, please e-mail Don Driver at email@example.com and CC Christopher Rothermel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Team Can Join us for Volunteer Night
Volunteer Night is the first Monday night of every month from 6:30 PM to 8:30. Most volunteer nights are spent assembling safer sex kits. This is an activity you can do while sitting and talking with friends, as well as meeting new people. If you are bringing more than 10 people to volunteer night as a group, please be sure to let us know ahead of time by e-mailing email@example.com
Your Team Can Provide Dinner to Homeless LGBTQ Youth at Casa Ruby
The DC Center recruits a team of volunteers every month to provide dinner to homeless LGBTQ Youth at Casa Ruby on the third Sunday of every month. If you are helping with this project please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com.
Your Team Can Join us for a Packing Party
One of the easiest ways to help out around the Center is to attend one of our ‘Packing Parties’ and help assemble safer sex kits. Anyone can come to these events and it’s a great way to give back to our community. Parties are usually held on the first and third Tuesday night of the month from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The Green Lantern. Please let us know in advance if you plan to bring a group of more than ten people to a packing party.
Your Team can provide lunch for our LGBT Seniors
LGBT Older Adults meet on the fourth Friday of every month for a lunch gathering. Socializing is very important for all older adults, but especially for LGBT older adults who more often feel isolated. We rely on volunteers to help us by providing a meal and by staying and hanging out for lunch. Sometimes groups will plan entertainment for the lunch, or bring games. Your team can prepare and serve the meal (remember, we have a kitchen, microwave, and heated buffet style servers, but no oven). If you are interested in this opportunity please e-mail Adam Heller at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com
Your Team can volunteer at Food and Friends
The DC Center recruits volunteers to work in the Kitchen on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you are interested in this opportunity sign up online at thedccenter.org/volunteer and if you have any questions, please e-mail David Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com
Make ‘Clean the World’ Care Kits for Homeless LGBTQ Youth and Adults
The DC Center distributes care kits to homeless youth and adults. The kit includes information about local resources (where to find food, where to shower, where to get employment help) along basic toiletry items (toothbrush, shaving cream, lotion, razor, etc …). We can schedule a specific time for volunteers from your group to come assemble the kits. However, we would require a donation of $500 or more to assist in purchasing the supplies. We would partner with Clean the World (which collects and recycles soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry) to keep costs to a minimum and help your team make as many kits as possible. If you are interested in this opportunity please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org