Volunteers are the Backbone of the LGBTQ Center OC

Volunteering for the LGBTQ Center Orange County has been redefined in the wake of COVID-19 but it has allowed volunteers to connect across the state in fun and inventive ways.

Currently our one-on-one volunteers join us in support as both as virtual and in-person group facilitators, members of the Trans Committee, teammates on our Events Committee, professional support through either our Marketing or Legal departments, and with creative projects such as blog writing.

We also work in partnership with several companies throughout the year with group-volunteering-days that have included; website development support, workshop building for LGBTQ programs, event support spreading awareness, collection drives, sharing videos through social media platforms, campaigns in connecting with the community, and much more. Each partnership is developed and customized based on the needs the LGBTQ Center Orange County has at any given time, and the capability of our partnerships.

Internships are non-paid University and College approved credit programs with committed and dedicated hours for a set time as determined between the LGBTQ Center OC and the program you are enrolled in. Current schools we work with are: UCIrvine, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Chapman University

Internship (Mental Health Counseling):

(Note: Must be enrolled in or have already completed a master’s in counseling.) Be an MFT Trainee or Intern at the LGBTQ Center OC. This will require a Cover Letter and Resume to be submitted in before being scheduled for an interview. 

Internship (General/Other):

This program requires enrollment in a field study/internship program with a local University or College with a minimum of a 10 weeks and 80 hours to partner with us. General internship will include providing community members with resources for services they are seeking such as navigating social support programs for housing, jobs, transportation, STI clinics. You will help provide general knowledge on what we are able to provide along with researching/connecting with other local organizations to expand assistance to clients.

Internship (Immigrations):

This program requires enrollment in a field study/internship program with a local University or College with a minimum of a 10 weeks and 80 hours to partner with us.

The LGBTQ Center OC’s Immigration Resources Department provides education, resources and referrals to low-income and underserved, HIV-affected, documented and undocumented immigrants/migrants. We work with immigrants and refugees in accessing services and legal support for obtaining lawful immigrant or citizenship status in Orange County. At the local, statewide and national levels, we work with LGBTQ, immigrant rights and social justice advocates to fight for the dignity and rights of immigrants and refugees.

Through participation in our internship program, students will learn the latest updates about immigration policy at the federal, state and OC levels; increase understanding and awareness of the intersectionality’s of the LGBTQ and immigrant communities; and best practices for reaching historically underserved and hard-to-reach communities in Orange County.

Internship Linkage-to-Care (Public Health):

This program requires enrollment in a field study/internship program with a local University or College with a minimum of 10 weeks and 80 hours to partner with us. The Linkage to Care internship position will support the Trans*itions Services Program in connecting LGBTQ+ community members, focusing on Transgender individuals, with affirming providers in Orange County and surrounding areas. By the end of the internship, the student will have greater knowledge in the medical needs of the Transgender community, will be able to connect with the LGBTQ+ community and assessing their needs, and be familiar with the process of vetting medical providers to ensure they offer affirming services.

Internship (Marketing):

This program requires enrollment in a field study/internship program with a local University or College with a minimum of a 10 weeks and 80 hours to partner with us.

This open internship position will help support the marketing department at the LGBTQ Center OC. This support will help promote the program, services, and groups that the Center provides to the community. Main areas are our graphic design and marketing support for flyers, social media, and website content.

By the end of the internship, the student will be able to strategize and develop marketing assets to help promote services, events, and programming. They will understand marketing strategies and designing tools to help create assets that resonate and engage with audiences. They will also learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and their needs in Orange County.

Event Committee:

One year commitment from July to May is strongly requested.

The LGBTQ Center Orange County is now accepting applications to join our Events Committee. This group of volunteers are a working committee that help organize and put on events such as SipTember – a wine tasting event, Twilight – our fall fundraiser, Indigo Ball – annual gala and member events throughout the year.

Members of the Events Committee are requested to commit to one year from July/August 2022 until May 2023. Responsibilities range from decorations, graphic design, contact negotiation, marketing plan, theme ideas, obtaining donations & support of community partners, and much more.

Please include a cover letter explaining your interest, and a brief resume.

HAP (Health & Pride) Coalition (age 18-29):

Coalition members will explore current policies in place in Santa Ana and Orange County as a whole. Members will be expected to participate in at least 3-5 events throughout the year ranging from event observations to public speaking and various other advocacy activities. This is a “hands on” coalition where members will work together towards tobacco prevention and educating others on the general health disparities faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Hour-long meetings will be conducted once a month, depending on current coalition needs, that all current and new members are required to attend. These meetings generally take place the second Friday of the month in the afternoon.

Trans Committee:

One year commitment from July to June is strongly preferred.

The Trans*itions Program is accepting members to its Trans* Committee. The Committee is a space where folx can feel seen and be a part of change in Orange County. This group of volunteers help organize events such as OC Trans Pride, Transgender Day of Rememberance, Friends Giving, Transgender Day of Visibily and more.

The Committee meets every first and third Monday of the month during the evenings. Responsibilities of its members include but are not limited to, conducting outreach, graphic design, event planning, decorating, fundraising, connecting community members to the LGBTQ Center OC and its resources, acquiring donations and support of community partners, and so much more. Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest and a brief resume.

SUP (Smoking Undermines Progress) Coalition (age 13-24):

Smoking Undermines Progress Orange County was created in part to support youth and young adults in developing their advocacy, leadership, and organizing skills. The Coalition is for LGBTQ+ and allies, who want to help curb the amount of LGBTQ+ people who use tobacco and vape products in Orange County by referring clients to the LGBTQ Center OC’s Tobacco Cessation referral program, educating and engaging communities in tobacco prevention and control, and advocating for and supporting implementation of voluntary smoke-free policies for LGBTQ events in the county.

The Coalition meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 6pm-8:30pm (meeting dates and times are subject to change). There is a minimum requirement of 30 hours total or 5 hours per month.

Front Desk Reception:

Our front desk is responsible for addressing all general client questions via email, phone call and walk-ins. This position requires a minimum of 12 hours training done over the course of three days. Volunteers will be required to submit in a background check due to the responsibilities and access provided to those in the program. A minimum of 50 hour commitment is requested for those interested.

Current positions open are:

  • Tuesdays 2pm to 6pm
  • Wednesdays 2pm to 6pm
  • Thursdays 10am to 2pm
  • Fridays 10am to 2pm

Though volunteering is committing to every week for the above shifts, availability for these times will be needed.

*Note this is in-person, proof of vaccination will need to be submitted

Outreach and Civic Engagement:

Our Outreach volunteers are those that attend community activities throughout all of Orange County. Transportation will be highly encouraged as often times you will be requested to check-out our materials to take to such events.

Volunteers with Outreach provide the community at large information on the services provided, discuss programs we have for those seeking them, and help promote events we have coming up.

Though not set time is created for Outreach activities, generally they are held Tuesday-Saturday in the afternoons, with some occasionally being in the evening. A mandatory two day training (one on-site at our Spurgeon location) will need to be conducted. All volunteers representing the LGBTQ Center will need to submit in a background check.

*Note this is in-person, proof of vaccination will be required.

Skilled Volunteers:

The LGBTQ Center OC is currently in need of support and seeking skilled volunteers in the following areas:

  • Handyman for general facility support
  • Contractor or Trade skills such as roofer
  • IT professional in assisting with basic support in maintaining office and community computers

YETA (age 14-24):

Youth Empowered to Act (YETA) is a coalition of LGBTQ and allied youth young leaders working to create safer, supportive and intersectional* spaces to engage in advocacy and social justice. Every year, this youth group organizes and leads Orange County’s only LGBTQ youth conference, the OC LGBTQ Youth Convening. Community events include but are not limited to: speaking at school board meetings, presenting at local youth conferences, hosting a leadership summer program, drag show fundraiser, and attend the national Creating Change Conference.  Help with youth events, get active in supporting and establishing GSAs in schools, and provide support to youth empowerment opportunities.

SUP (Smoking Undermines Progress) Coalition (age 13-24)

Smoking Undermines Progress Orange County was created in part to support youth and young adults in developing their advocacy, leadership, and organizing skills. The Coalition is for LGBTQ+ and allies, who want to help curb the amount of LGBTQ+ people who use tobacco and vape products in Orange County by referring clients to the LGBTQ Center OC’s Tobacco Cessation referral program, educating and engaging communities in tobacco prevention and control, and advocating for and supporting implementation of voluntary smoke-free policies for LGBTQ events in the county.

The Coalition meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 6pm-8:30pm (meeting dates and times are subject to change). There is a minimum requirement of 30 hours total or 5 hours per month.

Local ERG (employee resource groups):

Thank you for your interest! Many of the photos shared above are from some fantastic companies and businesses we have worked with throughout the years.

In 2022 so far we have had the pleasure of the following groups and projets:

Western Digital:

Helped us celebrate PRIDE with rainbow and trans friendship bracelets, and signs handmade to take with us in our march! Thank you.

Alteryx:

A fantastic group of people that helped paint our gallery space in Downtown Santa Ana, and bring back our rainbow stairs by the Frida Cinema leading up to our facility.

JP Morgan & Chase:

The remote work can sometimes be tough, but this wonderful ERG helped put together Pick-Me-Up jars with positive, affirming handwritten messages to be used in our youth programs as well as those in our counseling department. Thank you!

If you are interested as a working ERG, BRG or business in supporting a volunteer project please contact our Director of Community Engagement & Operations

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