Max Disposti | North County Update
Every year at the end of January, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center convenes its members, supporters and allies in a LGBTQ Town Hall. In this meeting we share what happened in 2014, including our activities, statistics, where the money is coming from and how it is spent. It is also an opportunity to survey the LGBTQ community, gather their feedback, and of course, discuss what is in hold for the future.
This public meeting has become the event not to miss. Last year, over 100 people participated, and Oceanside City Council members, as well as the mayor (Jim Wood) are always looking forward to attend as well.
This year, for the first time, the city of Oceanside will introduce the new LGBTQ liaisons for the Police (Lt. Leonard Cosby), and Fire (Battalion Chief Felipe Rodriguez) departments. Director of Neighborhood Services Margery Pierce will also be the liaison for the city itself.
Many leaders of local nonprofit organizations, Palomar Pride Center, Mainstreet Oceanside, and our major funders like the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) will also be there. SDHDF will also be presenting a check from their 2014 matching grant initiative.
If you have ever wondered what the North County LGBTQ Resource Center is up to, how it is managed and how many wonderful volunteers are making it possible, this event is for you as well.
The year 2014 showed significant growth for our North County LGBTQ community. We increased the number of people visiting the Center, and our activities and programs — and even our budget — continues to grow. However, we are still working with limited human resources and our volunteers are already spread thin.
Creating sustainability is the goal for 2015, by increasing our monthly donors but also reaching out to private funders that understand the significance of supporting the only LGBTQ community center in a region with almost a million residents.
If you are looking to begin your support, and/or become a board member of an organization that is making an incredible difference in our community, come Friday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. to the Oceanside Library — Community Rooms — 300 North Coast Highway.
—Max Disposti is a human rights activist, a community organizer and the founder and executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center. He is currently also serving on the boards of the Oceanside City Library and Main Street Oceanside and previously served on the city’s Community Relations Commission. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.