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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: The Rainbow Center's Mission is to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by providing education, resources, advocacy, information, and opportunities for empowerment to individuals and organizations in the South Puget Sound area. We find our activities falling into three categories: Educate, Advocate, and Celebrate.

Target demographics: People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, 2-Spiritied, or Allies in Tacoma, Pierce County, and Western Washington.

Geographic areas served: Tacoma, Pierce County, Western Washington

Programs: Victims of crimes advocacy, all ages karaoke and open mic nights, public computers, pool table, free wifi, lending library, space for group meetings, cultural competency sessions, and much more.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Frank Leonzal

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am not just a current Board Member, I am also a Donor. After the surprise from the Advocate stating Tacoma Washington was the nations #1 Gayest city many were shocked. However this only confirms what many already know. Tacoma is a GREAT place to be right now. Tacoma is lucky enough to have a long continuous running Gay Community Center and this year it is full speed ahead as they along with OASIS Youth Center take the next step in Growth, Longevity and Community Building and move into a new shared space. Although I live in South Hill, SE of Tacoma it is the nearest place to gay life in regards to venues and events. The Rainbow Center has been in the mix for along time now doing many great things to help those who need assistance or those looking to have fun or meeting other people. It has provided myself and family the opportunity to do our small part in community outreach and support for those in need. As time goes on maybe one day there will be a 'center' in my part of the woods, until then I know I always have the Tacoma Rainbow Center and am proud to serve the community by being on its Board and as a ACTIVE Donor.

Previous Stories
1

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I first came into contact with the Rainbow Center it was a small one room space in a United Way building. Today and several years later its is a free standing operation that is supported by its community and provides many much needed services in today's economic depression as well as many social opportunities. Serving as a Board Member today inspires me when I hear stories of how the center and we as a community work together to make peoples lives better and easier and even possible saving a life.

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1

Board Member

Rating: 5

During my life in Pierce County I have been involved with the Rainbow Center in way or another, as a Board Member, supporter and participant. When the former organization that I was the last board member of approached the center board to merge it was met with enthusiasm and excitement. The one condition was I would again join the board- which I did. The center means alot to a great deal of people in many situations and different needs. Our board all believes in its mission, the community believes in our role and also supports the centers efforts. If the center was to vanish it would create a huge void that would be hard to fill. The center and its supporters have done great work and continues to do so while changing many lives for the better.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board of the Rainbow Center several years ago when I felt that I was ready for board leadership and wanted to give back to my community in a way that felt meaningful to me. During my tenure on the board, I have been consistently impressed with the effort, dedication and results of the team that works there. This is truly a small but mighty organization and one that is very much needed by our community. And, our current Executive Director and staff are the best and most professional that we have ever had. We are blessed to have them!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Rainbow Center is an organization that truly adds to the wealth of our community. It accomplishes this through various education efforts, through direct advocacy and service provision, through the sharing of space with community partners, and through always standing as a beacon hope, reconciliation, and prosperity for the LGBTQ community. The Rainbow Center staff are some of the most hard working, dedicated, and enjoyable people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They truly make this space a home for so many people and should be commended for all that they do for Tacoma-Pierce County. I wholeheartedly recommend that you all take the time to stop by and get to know the Rainbow Center better!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became involved with the Rainbow Center through a 20-somethings social group. I later started attending a community support and discussion group for transgender men, Tacoma T-Men, hosted at the Rainbow Center. The RC was there for me through one of the most difficult times of my life, my transition from female to male. I've since had the opportunity to give back to this amazing organization as a facilitator for Tacoma T-Men, becoming a member of the Rainbow Center Board of Directors, and by volunteering at many of the events hosted by the Rainbow Center, like Out in the Park and the Black and White Gayla.

16

Board Member

Rating: 5

I moved to Tacoma from Seattle back in 2000. In Seattle, it seemed anyway, that the GLBTQ community was far more organized and there were a multitude of things to do whatever my interests. Upon my arrival to the City of Destiny however, there seemed to be little to no real organization - so my personal destiny would do something about it. Luckily the first place I was introduced to was the Rainbow Center - not long after I became a board member in January of 2001 stepping down in Novemember of 2007. My time on the board taught me so much and all those who mentored me in that time are near and dear to my heart. I have seen the RC almost from its humble beginnings - when all we had was an 8'x 8' office in the united way building. Today, there is an 1800 sq foot center, supported almost exclusively by the community. The Board, Staff and Volunteers are leading the way to yet another level of service to all south sound citizens by providing the garden of common ground for all individuals, groups and organizations to come together - work together - live together - grow together and just BE together. As one of the leaders of Out In Tacoma now, when we needed support to continue our mission, we went to our friends at the RC for guidance. Thank goodness for them...there will be a PRIDE in 2009. Leadership takes courage and lots of hard work...the Rainbow Center has both of these qualities in abundance. Thanks RC!

16

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience with the Rainbow Center has been amazing. I have found that all involved with the Rainbow Center, fighting for the cause of equality and providing a safe space for the GLBT community to be invaluable. The energy that the staff, board and those that meet are a powerful force. Thanks for caring and thanks for letting me share. Sincerely, Sean Watson 253-858-2927

9

Board Member

Rating: 5

A great organization that is providing a safe place for GLBT youth. The center serves as a referral base for services and gathering in the GLBT community This organization has grown in services and as a community center. Join me in becoming a monthly donor and supporting the work of this important resource

11

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Rainbow Center for four years. The staff and volunteers are committed to the mission and it really shows. As a board member, I have been proaud to be a part of a great organization!