Mission: TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDERED PEOPLE IN THE METRO MILWAUKEE AREA BY PROVIDING A HOME FOR THE BIRTH, NURTURING AND CELEBRATION OF THEIR ORGANIZATIONS, CULTURE AND DIVERSITY; INITIATING, IMPLEMENTIING AND ADVOCATING FOR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT MEET THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES; EDUCATING THE PUBLIC AND THEIR COMMUNITIES TO ENCOURAGE POSITIVE CHANGES IN THE SYSTEMS AFFECTING THEIR LIVES;
Geographic areas served: Milwaukee County
Programs: Youth program - project q, the center's youth development program, provides support, programming and resources to and with lgbtq youth and their straight allies, ages 13-24. Provides targeted hiv and atoda risk reduction services, prevention/goals-focused case management, and out of school-time (ost) programming. Avp - provides advocacy and support for lgbt victims of violence as well as healthy relationship classes that enable people to recognize and resist patterns of abuse. Health & wellness - provide spiritual, financial, and physical workshops to help lgbt people live health lives. Sage - provides social, educational and support services and outreach to elderly lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.
Professional with expertise in this field,07/04/2009
In the past few years, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has made major efforts to become the hub of our community's LGBT organizations, offering to share key resources like fundraising tools, databases, volunteer management systems, and the like. This is helping all of us better serve our constituents.
As a volunteer for the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center Anti-Violence Project (AVP) I have had the opportunity to witness first-hand the importance of advocacy and support being offered to LGBTQA-identified victims of violence. I recently participated in the Pridefest outreach for the AVP where over 775 peace flags were created by various community members passing through the Health & Wellness Area of the festival. It was touching and meaningful to volunteer with such an organization dedicated to making positive connections in our community and in turn significantly shaping the lives of LGBTQ-people.