May 17, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

LGBTQ Center Long Beach Looking For Volunteers

In the spirit of National Volunteer Month held in the month of April the LGBTQ Center Long Beach is seeking volunteers to help organize the return of its Black and White Ball this New Years Eve. 

In 2019 the Black and White Ball, The Center’s biggest fundraising event, raised $375,000. The 8th annual gala returns following last year’s cancelation due to the Covid pandemic. 

The Center is looking for individuals 18 years or older with prior involvement in or frequent attendance at other premiere social events in the Los Angeles area. Strong networking and organizational skills with specific attention to detail are highly preferred.

Cultural competence in working with diverse populations, including communities of color, gender, sexuality, immigrants and persons of various ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, health status, and abilities is required. Event volunteers work under the direction of various members of the event committee, staff or other volunteers, who provide task-specific training. Event day volunteers will typically be asked to commit at least 3 hours. Participation on an event planning committee typically requires larger time commitments over several months.

Volunteers provide logistical and administrative assistance for planning events, provide on-site event support ranging from event set up, production and take down, and help ensure that The Center’s brand is appropriately represented.

“As our community becomes more protected from Covid, old friends and new will want to meet and celebrate together once again,” commented Carlos Torres, the newly appointed executive director of the LGBTQ Center Long Beach. “However, we will need the help of the community to make this a spectacular night.”

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach supports more than 25,000 people a year through programs including youth services, senior services, counseling, legal services, domestic violence support, trans health programs, HIV and STI testing, and more than 20 weekly support groups. Currently many of these services are offered online during the pandemic. Drive up and walk-up HIV/STI testing is now available by appointment Monday through Friday in a private area of the parking lot behind The Center at 2017 E. 4th Street in Long Beach.

For more information on services, visit CenterLB.org or follow @CenterLB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If interested, please send an email describing your skills and interest to The Center’s development director Myron Day at MDay@CenterLB.org.

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