Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County

Rating: 4.81 stars   16 reviews

Issues:

Location: 1605 N. Spurgeon St Ste A Santa Ana CA 92701 USA

Mission: The mission of The Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County is to provide services to ensure the physical, psychological, and social well being of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and HIV/AIDS affected community. These services include activities intended to foster community respect, understanding, and acceptance of gender, cultural diversity, and sexual orientation.
Results: We are at an exciting time in our history. Our programs are multiplying and we are serving more and more people. Recently, we have added Senior Services, Adoption and Fostercare adoption services, and more youth services. We intend to increase our programming for families with children and to offer more educational and cultural programming.
Target demographics: Our services are available to all people regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity--regardless of ANYTHING!
Geographic areas served: Orange County
Programs: Youth daily drop in program; Youth support groups; Youth activist group. Programming for adults +55. Advocacy and Civil Rights. HIV/AIDS Prevention and testing; Sliding scale mental health. Adoption and fostercare referral. Young Professionals Group.
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EIN 95-2934041
1-714-953-5428
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Rating: 5 stars  

I began my internship at The Center OC last year and I wish I could stay on forever. I feel supported and a valued part of the mental health team. My supervisors have been top notch people and I have learned so much - What a great opportunity!

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to The Center over twelve years ago and attended the Womens Focus group. There were a couple different people running it before I was given the opportunity to take the reins. Working with the Center has been a life altering experience for me. I have met the most awesome people who have come through these doors. I met my wife of ten years, my best friends, some amazing leaders in the community, and some very courageous youth. I learned many things about myself and how I could make a difference in people's lives. I learned that even a little bit can help. I met some people who have overcome some tremendous challenges and have shown me the courage to be all I can be. I really do credit my life, as it is today, to The Center OC. Thank you for all you do.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

They have great youth programs! I wish they had a bigger space to provide more services but even with limited services they already provide great resources!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to The Center OC about 10 years ago as a trainee, while participating in a Masters in Counseling graduate program. I completed my program years ago, and chose to stay on.. I love everything about The Center, the dedicated staff, the clients, and the privilege of contributing to the LGBT community. The Center exists to be in service.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with quite a few organizations and the center oc has by far been the cream of the crop. It is such a transformative place to work for with friendly and warm people. Whether you're a counselor, volunteer, employee, or client you know you're free to be yourself and never have to worry about being judged. If only other places embodied this, then we'd have one less thing to worry about.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering at the center on and off for the past year or so, both in office and at local events. I've had few other volunteering experiences that are as satisfying. The staff at the Center are extraordinary in their compassion and commitment; I feel not only as if I've made friends here, but also as if I've made a difference. In the office, volunteers are mostly responsible for directing phone calls and making referrals, although other tasks - often related to event planning - will sometimes be added. Outside of the office, volunteers help set up and clean up events, interact with clients and members, and organize groups and services. It's been a wonderful experience!

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had a super experience with supervisors, staff and my clients. This is a small but dynamic community center that opens its doors and its arms to everyone. I have straight clients and LGBT clients, and all of them feel at home here because it's all about being of service, not putting people in boxes.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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