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TCP updates: Community building, partnerships and more!

October was another fun and busy month at The Center Project, from Halloween parties and a Ragtag film showing to a vaccine clinic, tabling at events, a super-productive Clothing Closet volunteer work day, Gender Blender poetry night, and more.

It’s been a whirlwind, with lots more coming up in November!

  • Nov. 9: PROMO Listening Circle at TCP from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 11: Game Night / Open Hours at TCP from 6-10 p.m. Enjoy some fun, sober hang-out time for LGBTQIA+ adults, with board games and an opportunity to check out the house, Clothing Closet, and Library.

  • Nov. 12: Gender Blender pool party (see below for details)

  • Nov. 13: Rainbow Family Alliance meetup from 12-1:30. For queer parents with kids of any age!

  • Nov. 19: Gender Blender Friendsgiving Potluck at TCP from 6-8 p.m.

  • Nov. 20: Coffee with Queers, another fun hangout for the LGBTQIA+ community, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at TCP

We’re excited to introduce Game Night and Coffee with Queers, two new events we created based on community feedback that adult LGBTQIA+ folks need more social spaces and events. Watch for more of those in December and beyond!

As always, we’re so grateful to all of you, our donors, and our community partners for the support you show the LGBTQIA+ community.

You make all these programs, events, and resources possible! If you’d like to help support TCP, please visit the Donations & Giving page on our website.

Thank you for your partnership and generous support!

Christi Kelly (she/her)
President, Board of Directors

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Prism youth at the annual Halloween Party at TCP

 

Community Needs Survey

Over the summer, we started work on plans for an Emergency Fund, which will provide financial support to LGBTQIA+ community members in need.

An important part of the planning process is identifying community needs and gaps in support services, to help shape the most impactful program we can.

Please help by taking the survey linked below, whether you’ve personally experienced crisis situations or not. Any and all input is appreciated and helpful!

Please also share far and wide!

Email christi.kelly@thecenterproject.org to take the survey by phone or email, volunteer for the planning committee, or get more info.

Take the survey!
 

Ragtag Community Partnership

Panel discussion after the screening of “The Times of Harvey Milk”

Major thanks and appreciation to our partners at Ragtag Cinema for screening “The Times of Harvey Milk” documentary as part of the Show-Me Community Partnership series!

Also huge thanks to community members Mary Jo Neitz and Keith Politte, who shared insight and perspective in an after-film panel moderated by Megan Altschul from Ragtag. It was a great conversation about queer history, community, and the importance of representation!

We chose this film in honor of LGBTQ+ History Month and encourage everyone to check it out (available for streaming on Amazon, HBO Max and on Kanopy using your library card).

We’re excited to announce our next Show-Me Series film showing will be Thursday, June 29, 2023, in honor of Pride Month! Details TBD, but mark your calendars now!

 

Volunteer Work Day at The Clothing Closet

Big thanks to the group of volunteers who joined us for the Fall Closet Work Day at The Clothing Closet on Oct. 19!

The Closet was transformed from piles of shoes and clothes in every corner back into a fully functional space. We couldn’t do this without the help of volunteers!

If you’re interested in joining the Closet Crew, we’re up and running with volunteer opportunities right around the corner. Email us at tcpclothingproject@thecenterproject.org to get connected!

 

Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic

Health Department Nurse Trina Teacutter administers a Monkeypox vaccine

We were thrilled to partner with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health to host a Monkeypox vaccine clinic at the community center on
Oct. 29!

We had 30 people come by for vaccines, more than we expected. Most were there for a first dose, but some were getting their second dose after getting the first at PrideFest in September.

Since this is a two-dose vaccine, there will be a second clinic at TCP on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in a first dose is welcome as well!

Monkeypox vaccines are free and require a signature but not proof of eligibility. Learn more on the Monkeypox page of the health department website.

 

Gender Blender Swim Party
November 12

Are you doubly blessed as a trans person who loves the water? Jump in with Gender Blender at our Fall Pool Party!

We’re throwing a private, after-hours pool party at the ARC in Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 6-9 p.m.

The event is exclusively for transgender and non-binary adults at the indoor pool facility after hours, when the combined facility is closed to the public.

Come shake off those fall vibes and jump in the deep end with Gender Blender!

 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center Project is entirely volunteer-run and community-driven, and we’re always looking for more volunteers! Here are some of TCP’s current volunteer opportunities:

  • Development Committee: This group drives fundraising efforts and builds community connections. We’re heading into a busy fundraising season and welcome any interested volunteers to help with planning, grant research, communicating with donors, brainstorming, social media, planning small events, and anything/everything in between! No experience required.

  • The Clothing Closet: We’re still in need of lead coordinators to oversee this important resource. This is a trans and nonbinary space, so we especially need trans volunteers for these roles. Lead coordinators help manage donations, volunteers and communications.

  • Emergency Fund Planning Committee: We’re in planning stages of this resource and need more volunteers to help develop the Fund, including creating an advisory board and building out guidelines and processes. We’re especially seeking volunteers with experience in financial services and/or community programs.

We welcome all volunteers, especially those who identify as LGBTQIA+. We are committed to diversity and equity in our leadership and programming. Black, indigenous, and other people of color; trans people (especially transwomen and transfemmes); people in rural areas; and people with disabilities are warmly invited to join us!

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email us at info@thecenterproject.org!

 

Remodel Progress

Things are moving along! As we wait for a start date on the deck project, we’re making fundraising plans for the garage renovation.

Remodel progress and house upkeep in September included:

  • Installed gravel flooring and a storage shed in the backyard, a necessary step before beginning the garage renovation

  • Removed damaged fence lining

  • Started removal of the backyard fountain

Lumber prices, labor costs, and other construction costs have gone up quite a bit this year. We continue to fundraise for the gap in funding and construction estimates for the deck and garage projects. Please consider donating today to help make our space accessible and ready to serve the entire community.

With the community center coming along, we’re opening the space to other groups in the community who need a spacious, comfortable, welcoming place to meet or hold an event. If you’re interested in using the space or would like a tour, please email us any time at info@thecenterproject.org.

 

TCP Swag!

Did you know TCP swag is available on our website?

We have apparel, pins and stickers, mugs, and other fun items with the TCP logo. Proceeds go toward general operating expenses at the community center.

Grab some TCP gear today!

Shop now!
 

News Roundup

  • Check out the Trans-Affirming Healthcare Provider list for an updated list of local providers!

  • Gender Blender, a community-led social / supportive space for transgender and non-binary adults (18+), is now meeting twice/month on Zoom and once/month in person. Next event is a private pool party at the ARC in Columbia on Nov. 12. Email blender@thecenterproject.org for details or to join and/or volunteer!

  • Parents 4 Parents is a community for parents and adult family members of LGBTQIA+ identified people of all ages. They currently meet in person on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month and every other month on Zoom. Reach out via the P4P Facebook page for details.

  • Prism, our youth group for ages 11-18, continues to meet in person at TCP on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. For more information, email prism@thecenterproject.org.

  • The Clothing Closet is generally available by appointment only, but we’ll have open hours at Game Night on November 11 from 6-10 p.m.! If you’d like to set up a time to stop by, or you’re interested in volunteering your time, email us at tcpclothingcloset@thecenterproject.org. We currently are not accepting most clothing donations, as we’re lucky to have a full inventory (and limited space)! We do always welcome donated binders.

  • Scout Troop 626 meets on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of every month at Locust Street Expressive Arts Elementary in downtown Columbia. Contact Howard Hutton at 573-823-1868 if you have questions or would like to join.

  • Interested in learning more about our long-term goals and plans? The TCP 3-Year Strategic Plan is available online!

Our Mission

Our mission at The Center Project is to provide a safe, affirming space to learn, grow, build community, and access support and resources. Historically, our programming has focused on LGBTQ+ youth, families, and people living in rural areas; as we grow and expand our services and impact, we are committed to equity, justice, inclusion, and representation in our programming and leadership.

TCP is an all-volunteer community center focused on serving the needs of LGBTQ+ people in Columbia throughout Mid-Missouri. Located at 805 Fairview Ave. in Columbia’s beautiful First Ward, we are within walking distance of the bus line, downtown, The Loop, all 3 college campuses, and local food and shelter resources.

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