This is an occasional series profiling the volunteers who give back to our community center. They do everything from answer the phone to staff tables at outreach events to help with fundraising. These are their stories.
Name: Eric Hoover
Tell Us About Yourself: What is there to say about me besides I’m a 29 year-old, 6’3″ geek? Well, I am a Pennsylvania native who grew up in Clearfield County. I have only lived in Pittsburgh for about a year and I wouldn’t trade it for the country for anything. I am a VERY creative, if not eccentric, individual who writes, draws, sculpts, and LOVES underground and independent films. Currently, I am working on customizing some sneakers and a book based on my life experiences so far. I also enjoy video games, comics, looking my best, and cooking. I love cooking most of all. Don’t get ,me started on talking about food unless you tend to sit for a bit. Plus, I’m a cookie baking fiend on the holidays. Not to mention I have a degree in Culinary Arts. My second love is music, which I have a very mixed profile of everything. Ever listen to Pink Steel. No? Good, listen to them!
Oh, and I am a social butterfly. Not only do I like to hang with people, but I also am addicted to social media. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter are the ones I mostly use. So search my name and you’ll probably find me.
What is your first memory of GLCC? I was living with my father at the time. I was trying to find where I could meet other folks in the GLBT community. I found out about GLCC online and took a day to ride over an hour from Tarentum to Pittsburgh. I remember being so… enthusiastic. OK. I was bubbling with ideas to start some events and things and to meet people. I totally fell in love with the place.
Tell us about your volunteer Work for the GLCC? Well, right now I am working on a support group, a gathering of like wise individuals to talk about their problems in the open and to get caring support. I plan to head this once it gets approved. Also, I am one of the few great, lovable geeks responsible for The Gatherings Movie Night, a bi-weekly movie night to hang with friends, share some snacks, and watch a flick.
How Often Do you Volunteer for the GLCC? Honestly… I just show up. However, with the responsibilities I am now undertaking I will probably be around a few times a week. I don’t show up at any particular time right now. I just drop in.
A three word description of how you feel when you finish your volunteer task(s): Important and fulfilled
Something about GLCC that people should know, but probably dont. Just because we are a gay and lesbian community center doesn’t mean to don’t have open arms to everyone in the Pittsburgh community. YES, I know that probably some people do know that but I feel when people see something that is for or in the homosexual community they stay away for one reason or another. We want to be a vital part of the community through being accepting of everyone.
Pick one Pgh celebrity/ sports figure/ media figure that you would like to see visit the GLCC. Why? Jeff Goldbloom because… well, besides being Jeff Goldbloom and a native of Pittsburgh he seems like an all around great guy. And he wore a CRAZY cowboy outfit in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.
GLCC could ALSO stand for… Geeks Love Charlie Chan. (if you’re too young to remember who this is, google it. You darn kids and your rock n’ roll!)
Thank you, Eric.
The Gatherings Movie Night will debut in January – a biweekly movie night that came out of the efforts of the Men’s Gathering to create social opportunities for the entire community. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to suggest movie titles. For more information, contact the GLCC.
If you are searching for some interesting way to spend a little of your holiday time, read on! Each week, we highlight some of the interesting LGBTQ (and friendly) activities around the region. Scroll to the end of the post for details on how to include your event. Be sure to visit our calendar of events page for all of the listings.
Steel City Con 1-9 PM Monroeville Convention Center. Meet LGBTQ icon George Takei all three days.
Christmas with Krampus at Most Wanted Fine Art. 6 PM.
City Theatre Opening Night “2 Pianos 4 Hands” 8 PM
Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples with James Lange. 9:30-3:45. Wyndham Pittsburgh.
Handmade Arcade at the Convention Center, 11 AM – 7 PM. Admission is free.
OUTrageous Bingo celebrates 16 years this month with a sold-out crowd. Volunteers still needed. 6 PM Rodef Shalom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org you are interested in volunteering.
Movie “Blood Brother” 7 PM Regent Square Theater. Special Screening of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winning Documentary
The Pittsburgh Honors Ball: Galaxy at The Warhol Museum. 8 PM – 2 AM
GBTQ Men’s Gathering at the GLCC. 12 – 2 PM. All men 21 and over are welcome to attend.
LBTQ Women’s Gathering at the GLCC. 3-5 PM. All women 21 and over are welcome to attend.
PFLAG Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting 2-5PM, Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside.
Monthly Drum Circle 12:30 PM at Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church.
These listings are provided as a community service. Events are not necessarily endorsed by the GLCC; we encourage you to contact the sponsoring organization with questions or for more information.
To add your event to a future edition of LGBTQ Things To Do – please email event details to email@example.com to be included in our Community Calendar.
- Event name, time/date/location, and as much detail as you want to share. Links to event pages are fine.
- Contact name and phone/email.
- Please submit at least 10 days in advance as a volunteer maintains the calendar (Her name is Cindy – say hi!)
- Any event that is LGBTQ affiliated or friendly is welcome to list. This includes meetings as well as one time events.
LGBTQ Things To Do is created from the calendar. We may add other events at our discretion.
Volunteer Opportunities at Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ Community Center
Save The Date
Saturday, December 14 is our next Volunteer Orientation from 1-4 PM at the GLCC, Downtown Pittsburgh. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you CANNOT attend that orientation, please let us know & we can discuss options.
Membership Campaign Ambassador
Help us get the word out about the first Membership Campaign
- we’d love the chance to speak with your community group or organization about the GLCC and discuss how we can work together.
- does your employer offer a corporate match to donations? ask your HR Department. One of our longtime volunteers, Cindy, can talk you through the process.
- willing to stuff envelopes, distribute flyers to coffeehouses or otherwise invest a few hours promoting this critical fundraiser?
Email email@example.com if you can help with any of these tasks or have others suggestions to share.
Sorting and Organizing
A LOT of donations have come in over the holiday!
Help keep our Winter Gear organized. We need adult volunteers to help people select the items they need, keep the donations organized and inventory new donations. Shifts are: Mon, Tues, Thurs 1-5, 5-9,Weds 3-6, Friday 1-5. We’d prefer if you can commit to one shift a week through the end of December, but even one shift a month will be helpful. This task requires lifting, bending, and stretching. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can volunteer.
One Time Opportunities
- Volunteer needed to video record a portion of OUTrageousBingo this weekend. Likely no more than 20 minutes and you won’t miss any bingo play (or much.) You can use your camera phone and simply share the footage with our social media coordinator. Emailsocialmedia@glccpgh.org if you can help with this task.
- Bingo also needs volunteers to serve as runners between the players and the caller as well as sell specials. This is an “on your feet” job from 5-10 Sat night. Email email@example.com if interested.
- Holiday Meals – Help us provide a nutritious hot meal to our youth during drop-in hours on Friday evenings. You and a group of friends, neighbors or coworkers can organize the donation of an entree (casserole, pizza, crockpot confection), side dish (vegetables, salad, etc), beverages and perhaps dessert. Drop-In starts at 7 PM so dropping off your items anytime between 12 and 7 is fine. We plan for 25 youth each week, some of whom count on us for their only meal of the day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a week.
Items to Donate for the Holidays
- Universal Phone Chargers
- Cards with Phone Minutes (All Carriers)
- Personal Care Items
Read this Huffington Post interview with the GLCC’s Lyndsey Sickler to learn more.
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1. OUTrageousBingo is scheduled for Saturday December 7 at Rodef Shalom. This is the 16th anniversary and a handful of tickets are left. Celebrate the holidays with your LGBTQ community and help support two important local causes.
2. Get tested. Knowing your HIV status is critical to making informed choices about your health and your sexuality. Every Thursday from 5-9 the GLCC provides free, confidential HIV testing in partnership with UPMC and PATF. Bring your friends over to get tested. It is a real life-saving gift.
3. Holiday Potluck on Sunday December 15 at 6 PM. Bring a dish to share, pull up a chair and get to know your neighbors. Parking is free on the streets and in most lots. If you forget a dish, you can even run around the corner to Chinatown Inn and pick up something! All are welcome.
4. Game Night on Saturday December 28. Stop by the GLCC to enjoy your favorite game – bring one along or check out what the crew has on hand. Bring a snack to share if you can. A low-key way to make new friends and decompress during the holiday season. Bonus -if you have gently used games to donate, the GLCC will make them available during our youth programming.
5. Give. We need folks to provide meals for our youth Drop-In (Friday evening, 25 youth on average), we have a volunteer orientation on Sat 12/14. We continue to accept donations of winter gear. The phone needs to be answered 54+ hours per week. About 20 of our youth have nowhere to go on days like Christmas and New Years Day. Support our Member Campaign. So from dropping off a casserole to rolling up your sleeves to organize donations, from collecting gift cards for our youth to answering the phone calls from adults coming out later in life, you can enjoy the gift of giving to your community.
For more information, email email@example.com or call us at 412-422-0114.