The LGBT Center of Raleigh is taking every precaution to ensure our staff, volunteers, and visitors remain safe and healthy. As we learn more about the COVID-19, it seems the best course of action is to apply a social distance model. This means that we will be limiting our staff, volunteers, and visitors’ face-to-face contact with the public. All programs will move to a virtual model, if possible, and the Center will be closed until further notice. Outside groups that use our Center will be on hold until further notice. The staff will be working remotely.
The best part of a Community Center is the community it serves, and we do not want people to lack for community now, even if it cannot be in person. To this end, we are working with local organizations to continue to provide resources and invite anyone facing isolation or other challenges to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are age 50+, please contact SAGE at email@example.com. Our legal clinics will be closed for March and April, but if you have legal needs, we can connect you with the fabulous folks at Osborn Gambale Beckley & Budd PLLC who provide these valuable pro-bono legal services. If you need to be connected with other resources, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next large public event was Donor Appreciation Night on March 26th. Unfortunately, we will have to postpone this event, but we look forward to celebrating our dedicated donors at a later date! Our signature event of the year is Out! Raleigh Pride, scheduled for May 30th, 2020, on Fayetteville St. We are hopeful that by then, events like these will go on as planned. We will continue to adjust our expectations as more information is shared and be willing to postpone if necessary. Please watch our event page for updates.
There is one event that will not be affected by social distancing: Give Out Day. Give Out Day is a national day of giving to LGBT+ Centers. It’s a virtual event. And this year, it’s more important than ever to our Center because our event revenue, which we depend on to stay open, is likely to be affected. Please mark your calendars for April 23rd, 2020.
The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. Thank you for your flexibility and support. We will get through this together. If you feel moved to contribute to our efforts and to bolster our resources, please donate to The LGBT Center of Raleigh at www.lgbtcenterofraleigh.com.
With Love and Resilience,
March 13, 2020