DC Center – Closed Effective 3/16/20

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Taking guidance and recommendations about social distancing from the DC government and the CDC, effective Monday, March 16th, The DC Center for the LGBT Community’s office will be closed. Staff are still working remotely, and will be checking emails and voicemails multiple times each day. Please reach out to supportdesk@thedccenter.org to connect with the DC Center, as we are still able to provide services and support.

If you are interested in attending support groups remotely, please reach out to your facilitator or supportdesk@thedccenter.org and we can provide options for remote meetings using conference lines.

The situation is changing rapidly, please refer to the CDC’s website and coronavirus.dc.gov for up-to-date information on what you can do to help prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

The DC Center team will be meeting regularly to assess the situation and rest assured that we will open as soon as it is safe to do so, as we know that many of our clients and participants are vulnerable and will need support. If you are able, please consider donating and supporting organizations that provide food, medicine, and other support to marginalized populations. 

 

If you are facing a life threatening situation or seeking immediate care:

DC Mobile Crisis: 202-673-9300
DC Shelter Hotline: 202.399.7093 or 311
Maryland Mobile Crisis: 240-777-4000
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
LGBTQ under 25: Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386
LGBTQ National Help Center (all ages – various lines/hours): 888-843-4564 www.glbthotline.org

 

New Volunteer: Casa Ruby Meal Coordinator

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Welcome Maura Kinney. Maura will be working the Casa Ruby meals program, organizing monthly group and individual volunteer dinners. She will also work on creating new projects that will affect the lives of the residents at the Casa Ruby shelters.

Maura has lived in DC since 2009. She enjoys writing, reading, hiking, ice skating, kayaking, and doing crossword puzzles. She works as a technical writer and enjoys learning about primatology and U.S. presidential history.

Maura decided to become a volunteer with The DC Center because “although queer rights have come a long way, our fight isn’t over yet.”

We are excited to have Maura on board, if you would like to work with us and give back to Casa Ruby contact: maurak@thedccenter.org

Update from the DC Center Board of Directors: Welcoming a New Slate of Officers

With a new year comes Board elections! At our January 6th Board Meeting, we voted to re-elect a couple of our long time Board members, and we approved a new slate of officers.

The full list of Board of Directors and officers is listed below:

Chair – Rehana Mohammed
Vice Chair – Jonathan Gilad
Communications Chair- Rebecca Bauer
Treasurer – Tiera Craig
Development Chair – Nick Harrison
Secretary – Andrew Zapfel

Directors: Natalie Bucklin, Michael Fowler, Dr. Pat Hawkins, Lance Macon, Luke Scuitto

Our team is excited about the year ahead as we look forward to welcoming a new Executive Director, bringing on a couple of new staff members (we’re hiring now!), and continuing to enhance our programming for the LGBTQ+ community. “I’m very excited to work alongside this diverse group of leaders to build on the successes of the last 15 years and set a bold path for the future with our new Executive Director,” Board Chair Rehana Mohammed commented.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the Development or Finance committees, or would like more information about becoming a member of the Board of DIrectors, please reach out to Rehana@thedccenter.org.

Volunteers Needed for Capital Pride Interfaith Service

Volunteers Needed for Capital Pride Interfaith Choir

The Capital Pride Interfaith Service is an “integrated service” respectfully demonstrating the breadth, depth, and sincerity of our faith, exposing the lie that anti-gay fundamentalists have a monopoly on faith and religion. We take pride that our community expresses its religious faiths in a myriad of ways, each sacred and revered with years of tradition. This event is with input from across the community annually by Center Faith. The 37th Anniversary Pride Interfaith Celebration will feature the theme that coincides with the Capital Pride celebration.

We are looking for volunteers to help plan the event, as well as help promote the event and provide support during the service.

For more information Contact: Eric Eldritch, (202) 309-5486     e.eldritch@thedccenter.org

To know more about Center Faith, to volunteer in a variety of ways visit thedccenter.org/faith.

This is a free event. If your church, temple, synagogue or faith community would like to sponsor the Pride Interfaith Service you may sign up and make your donation below.   Alternatively, you can mail a check made payable to the DC Center (attention Center Faith) to The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 105, Washington DC  20005.

Call for Volunteer Attorneys for Center Global

Center Global Call for Volunteer Attorneys
Center Global is seeking attorneys who would be able and interested in taking on an asylum case pro bono.   Richard Kelley, coordinates legal program efforts for Center Global.  Richard would be able to mentor you through the process if you’ve never done an asylum case before.  If you are willing, we can use your effort.
If you are an attorney, and would be able and interested in taking on a case pro bono, please fill out this form.
Since 2012, Center Global has served 200 LGBT individuals from Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union countries and Russia seeking asylum in the United States. A program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community, Center Global provides a welcoming environment to LGBTQI asylum seekers, and works to address individual legal and social needs

Committee Volunteer Opportunities at the DC Center

Committee Volunteer Opportunities

The DC Center Board of Directors invites you to get more involved in our work by joining one of these board committees.  You do not need to be a Board Member to serve on a Board Committee. These committees are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the DC Center and find out if the board might be a good fit for you. Here are the committees currently seeking volunteers.

Fund Development Committee – The fund development committee supports the fiscal viability and sustainability of the DC Center. The committee focuses on our signature annual fundraising events, our Center Associates (monthly supporters of the DC Center), Professional Partners (our business partners), and individual donations. If you are interested in serving on this committee please reach out to Luke Scuitto at luke@thedccenter.org

Finance Committee – The finance committee assures the financial stability of the DC Center by advising the board on budget, investments, financial protocols, and financial statements. If you are interested in serving on the Finance Committee please reach out to Tiera Craig at tiera@thedccenter.org

Communications Committee – The communications committee assists with press releases, social media strategy, and outreach efforts. If you are interested in being part of the communications committee contact Rebecca Bauer at rebecca@thedccenter.org.

Board Development Committee – The Board Development Committee supports the Board in recruitment, retention, recognition, and succession of Directors, including the preparation of nominations for Director and Officer positions and guiding the training and strategic planning processes of the board. If you are interested in serving on the Board Development Committee please contact Rehana Mohammed at rehanna@thdccenter.org.

For more volunteer opportunities please check out the volunteer page of our website. You can also like Center Volunteers on facebook at fb.com/centervolunteers or follow Center Volunteers on twitter at twitter.com/centervolunteer.

 

 

 

 

Center Global Volunteer Opportunities

Center Global: Help LGBT Asylum Seekers & Refugees

Benefits of Sharing Your Expertise

Sharing your talents with Center Global and our program participants/asylum seekers is a chance to learn about your LGBTQI peers from areas including: Africa, Latin America, West Indies, the MENA Region, Eastern Europe, Russia and Southeast Asia. You’ll experience a diversity of cultures and customs while gaining life-altering experiences and meeting new Center Global folks.

There are multiple ways and time commitments for which you can volunteer – share your skills in as much or little time as you prefer.

Volunteering Categories:

  • Volunteer Coordination/Committee
  • Administrative Support
  • Fundraising
  • Media/Marketing/Communication
  • Programming
  • Legal Consultation
  • Housing Support
  • Community Outreach and Education

Each role includes coordinating with a Center Global leader to plan and execute each area.

Areas starting below in rank order of priority:

Volunteer Coordinator/Committee

Seeking an individual or committee to follow up with volunteer “leads,” track them in a volunteer database and ultimately match them to Center Global projects. We get one-five volunteer requests per month via our website and community outreach efforts. We can rely on the volunteer database to provide support during events, e.g., the monthly support dinner, annual reception/fundraising events and ad-hoc community outreach activities.

Administrative Support

Provide administrative support and liaison between the Center Global leadership and the DC Center staff in maintaining program participants’ files, scheduling meetings/events and support to program participants. This position requires working some regular hours at the DC Center.

Community Outreach and Education

Center Global’s mission also includes engaging the local community to raise awareness of international human rights transgressions for the LGBTQ asylum community.

We receive invitations to speak to community/faith groups and business organizations about Center Global’s work. We also conduct an Asylum 101 session to give volunteers an overview of the asylum-seekers’ process and challenges; plus we coordinate and sponsor a panel discussions to address the broader social issues impacting our asylum seekers – these are open to the larger DC community, not just volunteers.

There are opportunities to help organize, coordinate and lead both the Asylum 101 and the Panel Discussion/Town Hall format.

Fundraising

Center Global is funded by individuals’, community organizations’/faith communities’ and private businesses’ contributions. You can assist in building support for Center Global via:

  • A planning committee for the May 2019 Annual Reception at Room & Board on May 9th. We need an individual to lead this planning effort.
  • Working with our Grants Team to identify potential grant making organizations and prepare appropriate proposals
  • Design and implement a program for individual gift solicitation throughout the year.
  • Coordinate with Center Global partners to plan and execute marketing or fund-raising activities (i.e., a book-signing event).

Programming

Our Center Global community of LGBTQ asylum seekers is a hallmark of our organization. We help our participants to socialize, meet and work with one another in their new DC home.

We need volunteers who can:

  • Liaise with community, corporate sponsors, and faith leaders to plan topics and execute topics for the monthly Program Meeting that informs and educates our volunteer pool.
  • Develop community resource materials that help to educate program participants about their adjustment to life in America and living in the region.
  • Create a mentoring program to work one-on-one with individuals as they assimilate to their new life in the United States.

Media/Marketing/Communication

Coordinate with Center Global leadership to reach out to DC-regional and LGBTQ-focused media contacts to raise awareness of Center Global and the issues faced by LGBTQ asylum seekers.

  • Write or co-author articles for the media
  • Craft marketing content for the CG website
  • Develop content for our social-media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

For More Information

For more information about these volunteer opportunities, please e-mail centerglobal@thedccenter.org.

 

New Group Volunteer Opportunity at Wanda Alston Foundation

Wanda Alston Foundation

If you want to show your support for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, we’ve got a great opportunity for you and your friends.   For over a year now, DC Center volunteers have been recruiting volunteers to cook and serve a a monthly meal for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness at Casa Ruby’s Youth House.  Our amazing volunteers Lamar Trowers and Jon Thomas coordinate this important work.

Well, now we are going to be doing the same thing at the Wanda Alston House, and this is a perfect volunteer activity for your church, temple, sports team, employee resource group, or just a group of your friends.   You and your friends can prepare and serve a meal at the Wanda Alston House.   We are looking for groups of volunteers to make dinner on the second Tuesday of every month.  If you are interested in helping out please contact our Support Desk at supportdesk@thedccenter.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: Dakia Davis

Meet one of our volunteers, Dakia Davis!

Birthdate, Astro Sign.

February 11, Aquaris.

Where are you originally from?

Raleigh, North Carolina.

When and why did you start volunteering at the DC Center?

I started volunteering this year as a facilitator for the Queer People of Color Support Group. I like that I get to connect with people and help create a fun, supportive space for queer folks. 

What has been your favorite part about volunteering with the DC Center so far?

It’s been great finding out more about the Center and all its programs.

What is your favorite event that the DC Center offers?

I love that the DC Center offers so many recreational activities (i.e. Gay Day at the Zoo and Game Night). 

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

It’s always expanding, allowing more and more folks to identify in.

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

Roxane Gay and Janelle Monáe.

 What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?

I like walking around the National Mall and Rock Creek Park because there’s also something new to see. My favorite exhibit to visit at the National Gallery of Art is “The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly” by James Hampton.

What is your favorite queer movie?

Pariah.

What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?

Do glasses count?  If not, I’ll go with comfy shoes.

Who are you most inspired by?

My family and Toni Morrison.

 What is your favorite DC neighborhood?

Brightwood Park (where I live) and Dupont Circle.

What is your go to restaurant and what do you order?

Busboys and Poets. The Shrimp and Grits is my go-to!

If you could live in any decade (past or future) which would it be and why?

Whenever world peace is achieved.

Are you more of an early bird or a night owl?

Night owl, for sure.