Join Benjii in support of Oasis and Rainbow Center's Creating Community Campaign
What ORC will mean to me
Great news! The local LGBTQA resource centers– Oasis Youth Center and the Rainbow Center– are co-locating in a terrific new space. I am honored to be co-chairing the “Creating Community Campaign” to support this great project.
These two groundbreaking non-profits will be sharing 6,000 sq ft of space in the heart of downtown Tacoma at 22nd and Pacific, just a block from UWT and the Museums, and directly connected to light rail and many transit options. The new central location will provide a “one stop shop”, whether you are a homeless youth seeking shelter, a community leader wanting to give back, or an isolated senior seeking companionship.
The new facility is a national model of collaboration. This partnership will enable:
–Increased operational hours
–More participants and engaged community members
–Expanded opportunities for educating the South Sound community
I have been deeply involved with both Oasis and the Rainbow Center for years. They provide literally life-saving services, and I am deeply committed to helping them thrive in their new location. I have made a leadership gift of $5,000 myself, and am asking my friends and colleagues to match my giving.
I need your help! Please support my personal fundraising goal of $5,000 by donating via my online giving page. Thank-you for helping me reach my goal and supporting the Creating Community Campaign.
In shared joy and prosperity,
Yesterday was a humbling day for me.
The News Tribune put a terrific story about the new facility for Oasis and the Rainbow Center on the front of the South Sound section.
I joined my dear friends Laurie Jinkins and Laura Wulf at House of Tattoo on 6th Ave, getting wedding rings etched on their ring fingers a week before their wedding at Union Station. This time last year, we were all working frantically to be the first state in the country to pass marriage equality by a vote of the people… and we did it!
At noon, I was nominated by the Chamber for the Art Popham Award for helping build community spirit… which was a thrill, and totally unexpected.
And yesterday afternoon, the Broadway Center was honored by Pride Foundation with the Emerald Award for our work advancing equality for the LGBTQ community, and we joined Mayor Strickland in raising the Rainbow flag over City Hall for the third consecutive year.
But those of you who know me know that awards, while wonderful, are not what motivates me. I’m all about results. And we still have work to do– lots of it– to make sure that homeless youth find shelter, that vulnerable seniors find support, and that the LGBTQ community continues to move forward.
So today, while the Out in the Park festival surrounds me at the theaters, I am proud… but more important, I am also committed to the work ahead. If you haven’t had a chance to donate to the campaign yet, please do… we still have $25,000 to raise before we move in at the end of July.
Oasis and the Rainbow Center
Oasis, a program of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation, enhances and sustains the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth by saving individual lives, building community, and developing young leaders who can change the world. Oasis is a youth-adult partnership in which young people and adults come together for shared teaching, learning and action.
The Rainbow Center is a safe, accessible and welcoming community space for meetings, activities and events that strengthen the lives of people in our community. We support Greater Pierce County by providing a centralized source of information and referral for and about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. We provide visibility to the history, culture and diversity of our communities.