LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH INC

Rating: 4.93 stars   55 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, LGBTQ

Location: 324 South Harrington Street Raleigh NC 27603 USA

Mission: To strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people, their friends and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina.
Results: Too many to name!
Target demographics: the LGBT community and Allies
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 8000 people
Geographic areas served: Raleigh
Programs: SAGE Raleigh, Youth, Triangle Plus, Allies, Trans* Initiative, and many more.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a youth board member at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, and have been amazed by their commitment to bettering the condition of life for LGBTQ teens in the Triangle area. As a sophomore in high school, I approached the Center for advice in running a program for queer youth. The Center not only helped our group, QueerNC, get off the ground, but invited us to become a program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh. QueerNC is now fully funded by the Center and has been continuously provided with a safe space to hold events, the assistance of adult volunteers who are dedicated to promoting youth leadership, and access to an expansive collection of LGBTQ books that would otherwise be difficult for GSAs in the area to obtain for their meetings. Through the Center's support, we have been able to reach about 500 youth across North Carolina and provide resources to teens that would otherwise be isolated.

Not only does the LGBT Center of Raleigh have an expansive range of programs for all ages, it is also open to new ideas and proposals for groups, ensuring that all minority populations in the community have an affirming space to network. The board does great work in bettering the social climate of the Triangle for LGBTQ people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The LGBT Center of Raleigh has a good variety of literature and videos. We've met a lot of nice people through volunteering, and First Fridays. It's nice to view the new art every month that is on display. I'm enjoying getting to know the community through the Center. It is in a nice area of town, in a nice building. It is great to have a safe place to go, where everyone is made to feel welcome. Kelly, James and all the volunteers are fun to work with.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has changed my life in so many ways. It has meant a social outlet, as well as allowing me to become an activist for LGBT Seniors. I served on the board for 6 years, and now I continue as the program director of SAGE Raleigh (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). I have met the most amazing people both as board members, staff, volunteers and patrons. Life changing is an understatement. I'm not sure where my life would be without the LGBT Center of Raleigh!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the development committee that founded the LGBT Center of Raleigh in 2005, and have been heavily involved with this undertaking ever since. Having served on the board of directors for the last 4 years I have been overwhelmed at the growth this organization has achieved in such a short time. My work here has given me a new appreciation and respect for the diverse LGBT community, and it has given a meaning to my life that I never knew was possible. Also, as chairman of the Gay & Gray Initiative I have found another very important cause for a segment of the population that has traditionally been underrepresented and in dire need of services. As someone who has never before taken the role of "activist" this Center has pushed me in a new direction and made an important and meaningful change in my life.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is literally my favorite place to go in Raleigh. I love that I can walk in the Center and always feel like I belong. Something that is too rare in life. There is always someone to talk to who sees things a little (or a lot!) different from myself and i find that the conversations I have on the weekends make me think all through the week. The sharing of minds that goes on here is phenomenal sometimes!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love the LGBT Center! This place brings everyone together and gives a good meeting place for various meetings, support groups, and social events. Everyone I have ever met here is super friendly and welcoming. This is one of the first places I have ever been (in my life) that I truly felt like I belonged.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is doing an amazing work here in Raleigh, NC and assisting other centers in the area. This is an exceptional center with a fantastic board and executive leadership.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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The work and visibility of this organization is truly inspiring! Raleigh is very lucky to have such a fantastic group of people doing amazing work for our community. These are passionate folks who truly do a great service to the LGBT community.

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I am so grateful for the opportunity to volunteer here. After just a short time being there, the other volunteers have gone out of their way to make me feel like "family", which is great since I don't have any other family nearby. I am so proud to be a part of this community, and to be able to give back - to "pay it forward".

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Rating: 5 stars  

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To put it simply: the people who give their lives to the work done here are exceptional members of the LGBT community and society at large.

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I have volunteered with many nonprofits and been on the Board of a couple. The LGBT Center of Raleigh is as well-run an organization as I have ever come in contact with; the Board members ensure that by choosing good candidates and holding members responsible for their areas, as opposed to most volunteer boards where lots of talk gets done in meetings but then all is forgotten until the next one. And the paid staff of this Center are TOPS--I can't fathom anyone else in these roles than the ones we have, and it will be devastating when either feels the need to move on. Fortunately, the dedicated and fiercely loyal volunteer base will keep things going no matter what, but that is in part a testament to getting a solid, firm foundation long before this organization "went live".

We are so lucky to have this organization in Raleigh, and it continues to grow in leaps and bounds!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have referred many homeless LGBT clients here and they have always been treated with respect, compassion and professionalism. This is not always the case with other nonprofits.

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