Suggested donation is $10.
Light refreshments will be served.
Location: Repair the World (6022 Broad St, Pittsburgh – East Liberty)
Time: 7-10 PM
Cost: $10 suggested donation
Editor’s note: Welcome to our newest feature, “How to Put the U In Volunteer” submitted by our volunteer coordinator, Patty. Please check back every Wednesday for information on volunteering with your LGBTQ Community Center – Sue
What is your personal mission?
How do you want to help?
What volunteer needs do we have that best fits your personality?
Many times people hear that community centers in general are in need of donations and think of goods and money – and although every organization needs those items – at times the thing that we need most of all is the time of a few good people with a good heart and a few helping hands.
At this time, our biggest needs are:
CRIS Desk – We are open every day and every day we need someone to work the front desk. Working the front desk is easy. You would be answering the phone, logging people in, directing people where to go throughout the center and, in general, just be the welcoming face that people see upon arrival.
Cathy’s Closet – As many of you know, Cathy’s Closet is the personal care closet at the GLCC. The items are free to those in need, and is usually in need of organization.
Library – If you were not aware, the GLCC is home to one of the top five largest LGBTQ libraries in the country. There is always a need for help in sorting, cataloging and other general organization needed in the Jim Fischerkeller Library.
OUTrageous Bingo – This is our biggest source of revenue folks. The success of these events ensure the success of the GLCC in general. To keep Bingo running smoothly, we need at least 10-12 volunteers for the night. You would think in needing a dozen or less per event would be easy, but in reality we usually have to make due with anywhere from 6-8 people. And although those 6-8 people are solid, dependable, hard workers, they are spread too thin.
If you think you would be a fit for any of the volunteering needs above, please reach out to me directly at email@example.com or call the GLCC and leave a message for me.
And please don’t forget to share this post with others that would like to get involved as well!
The next volunteer orientation is set for Saturday August 9, 2014 from 1-4 PM at the GLCC – 210 Grant Street, Downtown Pgh. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-422-0114.
One of our volunteers is starting up a new group geared toward self-identified women and is looking for a co-leader for the group. The time commitment would be only about 4 hours a month. If you are interested in getting involved with this project, e-mail email@example.com
Service Access for Youth, Youth Engaged in Service (SAY YES or SAY) focuses on helping unaccompanied youth or youth who are experiencing homelessness. Each week, the Say What?! Gazette brings you an update on this specific programming including special projects, new partners and information on LGBTQ youth. If you have questions, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, SAY will be having normal hours and services!
This week SAY has a full schedule of activities and services! Wednesday July 23rd 3pm we are welcoming KidsVoice back to SAY to talk about legal issues related to child services and child support. Of course they are able to talk about anything else as well! Come say hello to their awesome team of lawyers.
There also will be NO medical clinic this Wednesday.
Speaking of this Wednesday, it is my last day of this AmeriCorps term. So what is AmeriCorps? AmeriCorps is like the Peace Corps, but here in America. I dedicate myself to 1700 hours of community service over a span of 11 months, serving on average 42 hours a week. My program, the Pittsburgh Health Corps is based out of the Allegheny County Health Department and focuses on improving health of the medically underserved communities of Pittsburgh through health education, clinical care, and social services. Each person chooses and is chosen by a host site where they will give their time- mine is Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health.
One of my programs is Service Access for Youth, where I help in whatever way possible. Mainly, I coordinate the medical clinics and assist our consumers with referrals to other primary care or specialty care. In addition, I enroll people in medical insurance, help find housing programs, and coordinate care with their other providers. I am leaving for just a short period of time though. In August I will be conducting research, and then my second service term with the Pittsburgh Health Corps begins September 2nd! I am so excited to return for another year and continue building relationships at SAY. If you or anybody you know are interested in joining AmeriCorps or the Pittsburgh Health Corps, check out the website and see what positions are available. Something is sure to pique your interest!
Service Access for Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of our consumers through providing referrals to social service agencies that help with housing, furniture, mental health, counseling, support groups, case management, legal help, and food insecurity, to name a few. We are always looking for more partner organizations that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of our young adult consumers who are experiencing homelessness. If you have any suggestions or connections to people who may be able to offer a service, please don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com! As mentioned previously, GLCC is looking for more clothing donations! We are specifically looking for small-medium sizes in men’s shirts and pants/shorts, and women’s clothing sizes 4-10. We also would love to get boxer shorts and underwear as well as bras for our consumers. Please if you are interested in donating socks, underwear, or bras we can ONLY take NEW ITEMS in their original packing. The need is here, so please help meet the need with your generosity! Thank you in advance!The current partners in the collaborative are: ACTION Housing Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Allegheny County Shuman Juvenile Detention Center Allegheny Intermediate Unit Auberle Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC-Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Community Human Services Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) FamilyLinks- Downtown Outreach Center, Mental Health Services Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) Jessica Lee from Pittsburgh Gateways Katie Harrison (lawyer) KidsVoice Kiwanis Club of East Liberty Mercy Behavioral Health PERSAD Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) Project SILK Rebecca Pounds (dentist)
Drop-In Services offer youth a chance to come in to the GLCC to seek specific services such as during the medical clinic hours. Other examples include case management, job search support and sometimes lunch. Drop-In encourages participants to “hang out” for a while to explore what’s available and get connected to an array of supports. Drop-In Service hours are limited to defined periods of the week (see below for more specifics.) Stop-In Services are programs available to anyone in the community including access to personal care supplies, donated clothing or the answer to a specific question.
Stop-In Service hours are during regular GLCC operational hours (Mon – Sat 12-9 PM)
SAY’s traditional hours are Monday-Thursday from 12-3 PM. These are Drop-In hours. The typical schedule is
Monday 1-3 Healthcare for the Homeless Health Clinic - All ages (Nurse on site).
Tuesday 1-3 DHS (Department of Human Services LGBT Liaison)
Wednesday 12-3 Healthcare for the Homeless Health Clinic 12-3 *25 and under· **NO CLINIC THIS WEEK**
Thursday 12-3 Social Worker/ Care Coordinator – 25 and under
Friday 12-3 Drop-In Program **New summer services!!**
Other programming (week of July 14)
- Real Talk/Real Time for Youth – 5-7 PM Tues, Thurs and Fri
- HIV/STI/STD testing 5-9 PM, Thursdays, free and confidential to all ages
- GLCC Youth Drop-In – 7-10 PM Friday evening, ages 13-17
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC) is our partner in meeting the educational needs of our clients. The Homeless Children’s Education Fund brought them to the collaboration to help with basic literacy, GED classes, adult education, English as a Second Language, health literacy, and family literacy. The GPLC is located in Downtown Pittsburgh and most programs are free of charge!
To refer someone to SAY, simply have them call (412-422-0114) or stop by the GLCC (210 Grant St, Lower Level) from 12-3, Monday through Thursday. We welcome other agencies contacting us to make referrals or access information unique to homeless youth or LGBTQ youth (or both.) For more information on the intersection of LGBTQ youth and poverty/homelessness, please read this report from The William Institute based out of UCLA and this report from American Progress.