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National Coming Out Week, originally launched in 1988, is celebrated around the world.

Locally, Plexus and LGBTA Employee Resource Groups from corporations throughout Northeast are hosting a series of events to showcase inclusivity and being out in the workplace.

As a part of this celebration, Plexus compiled a database of local nonprofits that serve the LGBT community that could use your time and resources. We encourages volunteering at these organizations in October as a part of National Coming Out Week or throughout the year.

The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland Back to Top

www.aidstaskforce.org

Located in downtown Cleveland, the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland serves over 15,000 people per year by providing case management, education, prevention, housing, advocacy and research efforts for and to people living with HIV and AIDS.

Service Opportunities Available:

Front Desk, Pantry Services

Required Skills:

Friendly, ability to answer the phone

Time Commitment & Frequency:

2-4 hour shifts typically during the afternoons

Organization Contact:

Leon Hall 216-621-0766

CANAPI (Community AIDS Network / Akron Pride Initiative) Back to Top

www.canapi.org

Located in the North Hill neighborhood of Akron, Ohio, CANAPI serves those affected with HIV and AIDS by providing advocacy, support, housing and other services. In addition, CANAPI serves the LGBT communities in Portage and Summit Counties through events, outreach and education.

Service Opportunities Available:

Service opportunities available are as follows but not limited to, landscaping, cleaning, administrative tasks, building maintenance and repair, various painting (interior and exterior), staffing information tables at various public event, health/resource fairs, fundraising and special events. Various committee seats available.

Required Skills:

All skill levels welcome

Time Commitment & Frequency:

1-4 hour shifts typically occurring weekly or bi-weekly

Organization Contact:

Joshua Morgan 330-252-559 or info@canapi.org

Cleveland Stonewall Democrats Back to Top

www.clevelandstonewalldems.org

The Cleveland Stonewall Democrats is an all-volunteer, independent Democratic club that is committed to educating, endorsing, electing and holding accountable, pro-LGBT Democrats across Greater Cleveland.

Service Opportunities Available:

Phone banking, data entry, ongoing volunteer opportunities with candidates

Required Skills:

No enhanced skills required

Time Commitment & Frequency:

2-3 hour shifts typically on a monthly occurrence

Organization Contact:

JT Neuffer 216-538-6480 jtneuffer14@gmail.com

Equality Ohio Back to Top

www.equalityohio.org

Located in Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland, Equality Ohio is the central LGBTQ advocacy organization in the state of Ohio.

Service Opportunities Available:

Opportunities vary depending on current activities but typical opportunities may be event support, data entry, or logistics.

Required Skills:

No required skills. Basic computer proficiency is preferred.

Time Commitment & Frequency:

Varies according to availability, 1-4 shifts are typical

Organization Contact:

Nicole Thomas 614-224-0400 nicole@equalityohio.org

GLSEN Northeast Ohio (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Back to Top

www.glsen.org/northeastoh

Located in University Heights and serving 23 counties in Northeast Ohio, GLSEN provides services to make schools from K-12 as well as higher education more inclusive and support of the LGBTQ community.

Service Opportunities Available:

Wide array of opportunities including mailings, phone banking to schools, speaker series for high school students, events, writing campaigns to further state and national policy, sharing of personal stories about bullying and school experiences, and more. We actively seek board members and committee members as well.

Required Skills:

No level of skills or training are required, although we do ask our volunteers to review our volunteer information and/or attend an on-boarding session.

Time Commitment & Frequency:

Times will consistently vary depending on project scope.

Organization Contact:

Gary DiBianca 216-849-4026 gary@glsennortheastohio.org

HRC Cleveland Back to Top

www.hrc.org/steering-committees/cleveland

Serving the northeast Ohio region and beyond, HRC is the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the world.

Service Opportunities Available:

Many different opportunities are held during the year such as a Day of Service, HRC Bowling, the Cleveland Gala, and Cleveland Pride.

Required Skills:

Any skill level welcome

Time Commitment & Frequency:

Typically specific to the event preparation or execution

Organization Contact:

Kyle Lewis KBLCleveland@gmail.com

The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland< Back to Top

www.lgbtcleveland.org

Ranging from teens to the elderly, The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland works to advance the rights, respect and diversity of the LGBT community.

Service Opportunities Available:

Tabling community events, guest services, service projects, marketing & advertisement; will work with volunteers to find and/or create opportunities based on needs and skills.

Required Skills:

None required, but marketing, advertising, and communication skills a plus.

Time Commitment & Frequency:

Opportunities vary from 2-8 hour shifts on a weekly basis

Organization Contact:

Ryan Zymler 216-651-5428 RZymler@lgbtcleveland.org

Case Western Reserve University LGBT Center

www.case.edu/lgbt

Located in Cleveland, the Case Western Reserve University LGBT Center provides a safe space for faculty, students and alumni.

Service Opportunities Available:

Student Mentoring, Participation in programming about being "out" in the workplace, consulting word regarding organizational structure, capacity building and fundraising

Required Skills:

Knowledge of the LGBT community

Time Commitment & Frequency:

Times will consistently vary depending on project scope.

Organization Contact:

Liz Roccoforte 216-368-1237 ecr19@case.edu

Log Cabin Republicans of Greater Cleveland Back to Top

www.logcabin.org/chapter/ohio-cleveland/

Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s original and largest organization representing gay conservatives and allies who support fairness, freedom, and equality for all Americans.

Service Opportunities Available:

Work at Log Cabin Republican booth at LGBT Pride Festivals and Republican events as well as RNC Convention opportunities when they arise.

Required Skills:

No special level of skills required. Personal communications skills help. Social network skills a plus.

Time Commitment & Frequency:

2-4 hour shifts typical available monthly

Organization Contact:

Dale Giesige 216-749-2942 lcrcleveland@gmail.com

PFLAG Akron Back to Top

www.pflagakron.org

PFLAG provides support for families and allies through education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ.

Service Opportunities Available:

PLFAG Akron offers a variety of service opportunities including web design assistance, help with events and advocacy work, and with our Teen Pride Network project events. We actively seek dedicated board members. PFLAG Akron meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Required Skills:

Skills required depend upon the volunteer opportunity. All require knowledge of PFLAG's mission.

Time Commitment & Frequency:

2-3 hour shifts typical once per month

Organization Contact:

Kim Mosyjowski kmosyjowsk@aol.com

PFLAG Cleveland Back to Top

www.pflagcleveland.org

PFLAG provides support for families and allies through education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ.

Service Opportunities Available:

Opportunities to volunteer for Support, Education and Advocacy events for individuals who are regular attendees at support group meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Required Skills:

A passion for moving equality forward in the LGBT community; written and verbal communication skills important; technical skills always needed.

Time Commitment & Frequency:

Flexible, depending on interest and availability

Organization Contact:

Sharon Groh-Wargo 440-915-3235 grohwargo@me.com

Plexus LGBT & Allied Chamber of Commerce Back to Top

www.thinkplexus.org

Plexus serves Northeast Ohio as the only organization representing the LGBT and ally business communities by providing advocacy, outreach and business development.

Service Opportunities Available:

Volunteering at an event as a greeter or at registration, assisting to plan Network Nights, attending business network events as rep of Plexus, doing member outreach. Plexus continually seeks candidates for Board Committees.

Required Skills:

Strong communication skills, understanding of standard business development a plus

Time Commitment & Frequency:

2-4 hour commitment occurring on a monthly or bi-monthly basis

Organization Contact:

888-753-9879 info@thinkplexus.org