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Have Your Say: TCC Launches Two Surveys to Improve Programming

Did You Know You Have Shaped TCC Programs for Thirty Years?

Having the community shape TCC programming is not new, but it is unique and continues to be as vitally important as when TCC "doors" opened in 1990.

Triangle Community Center's rich history of volunteer-led programs extends thirty years. This continues today with volunteer program leaders working with TCC's program staff to develop, facilitate, and grow social, support, and youth programs for the local LGBTQ community. 

This model, which exists because of TCC's history as a volunteer-led community center, is particularly unique among non-profits, where programs are few and often solely developed and run by staff. At TCC, the community has a greater say in programming. Qualified facilitators can request a program proposal to work to develop peer support groups that can become vital to the members who attend.

Anyone with a passion and dedication to the local LGBTQ community and willingness to make a regular time commitment may reach out to ask staff to consider a new social program that can build the community around a local LGBTQ person who may be facing debilitating isolation.

The hundreds of volunteers who have stepped up to run programs in TCC's thirty year history are the reason that TCC remains the only community center in Connecticut that houses more than twenty-five programs across Fairfield County which touch the lives of all ages of the LGBTQ community. 

Growth and Change

Give any community in this richly diverse nation thirty years, and those communities will experience change and grow from it. Thirty years ago, Westport-local Dan Woog started TCC's Outspoken Youth group- a place where youth struggling with coming out and finding a community could go to for support. Today, TCC youth programming has grown to accommodate the youth ages 6 and above exploring, discovering, and sometimes struggling with gender identity. 

Today, TCC's program staff work full-time to keep their finger on the pulse of the community, listening to the community about what the LGBTQ community needs are, which includes providing case management and vital services to help with LGBTQ homelessness, hunger, isolation, employment, benefits, LGBTQ-affirming and affordable referrals, gender-affirming document changes, and more.

Shaping the Future 

Understanding how TCC operates- its mission, its programming model, and its volunteer corps- is the first step in becoming invested in shaping Fairfield County's LGBTQ community center. There are dozens of ways to continue to have your voice heard. Here are three:

Take 2-5 minutes to complete one or both of these anonymous surveys. Responses will be accepted until Thursday, August 17 at 11:59 PM.


Volunteer Experience and Needs Assessment

Whether you've volunteered one or one hundred times, TCC program staff want to hear from you about your experiences as a TCC volunteer. What do you want to see more of as a TCC volunteer?


Programming Needs for Transgender Adults

If you identify as someone who would or does benefit from programming for transgender, non-binary, gender-queer, or gender non-conforming adults (18+), let TCC staff know in this survey what kind of programming you want to see. 


Sign up as a TCC Volunteer

Learn more about TCC through the monthly volunteer emails, get reminders of TCC's two monthly volunteer meetings, communicate directly with TCC's program and volunteer coordinator, and invest some time into the community.

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Stress and Anxiety -- Knowing the Difference from CIRCLE CARE Center

This piece was originally published by Driven Local on CIRCLE CARE Center's website on June 25. 2017. Triangle Community Center has a long-standing partnership with CIRCLE CARE Center, and one of the best ways to support your local LGBTQ community center is to access services available at CIRCLE CARE Center.


Many of us think of stress as a bad thing. But believe it or not, a little bit of stress is good for you. Imagine if you had an assignment due for school tomorrow, but felt no pressure to get it done. Would you every do anything? And as it gets later and later, that little bit of stress you feel encourages you to turn off the TV and get to work. But how do you know when stress has turned into something else, like anxiety?

What is Stress?

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Marching in Bridgeport Pride

Bridgeport Pride

For seven years, the SameSex Art Exhibit, City Lights Art Gallery, and community sponsors have brought LGBTQ people and allies together in July to celebrate Pride, art, and community in downtown Bridgeport.

This year, attendees can visit the new location of City Lights Gallery at 265 Golden Hill St. Downtown Bridgeport between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM, and the Pride march steps off at 7:45 PM.

According to the Facebook event, a variety show follows at 8:30 PM to benefit City Lights and the New England Ballet Company at the Downton Cabaret Theatre.

 
A $25 contribution covers all above activities.

 

March with Us, Join Us

Triangle Community Center will be tabling during the block party with other community organizations and marching at the LGBTQ Pride Parade portion. Attendees can learn more about Triangle Community Center, and TCC can learn more about you and what you want to see in Bridgeport for the LGBTQ community year-round.

 

Presently, Triangle Community Center hosts an LGBTQ youth group and LGBTQ Adult Monthly Daytime Social in Bridgeport at the Center for Family Justice, which were launched late 2016. The Bridgeport LGBTQ community is also able to access case management services every Friday at the Center for Family Justice. TCC staff will be at Bridgeport Pride to talk about these efforts and further existing needs with community members Thursday, July 20.

 

 

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Tips for Summer Wellness: How Young Adults Can Maintain Their Mental Health from CIRCLE CARE Center

This piece was originally published by Driven Local on CIRCLE CARE Center's website on June 25. 2017. Triangle Community Center has a long-standing partnership with CIRCLE CARE Center, and one of the best ways to support your local LGBTQ community center is to access services available at CIRCLE CARE Center.


Summer is a three-month break from your normal routine. So while that idea is music to some young adults, it can be a bit mentally overwhelming for others. The unstructured nature of summer can make it hard for some people to maintain a healthy and productive day-to-day lifestyle.

So whether you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health issue, want to handle your emotions better, or are just looking to become a more positive person, here are a few ways you can start improving your mental health today.

HAVE A PART-TIME JOB

A part-time job is one of the best ways to keep teens and college students from boredom. Not only will a part-time job keep them on a regular sleep schedule (something few young adults keep during the summer), but it will give them a greater sense of purpose, their own money (which they can then spend on fun activities), and it will require them to leave their house.

JOIN AN EXERCISE GROUP

We all know that working out is great for your physical health, but it’s also incredibly important for your mental health. Exercising just a few times a week can reduce your stress levels, improve your sleeping habits, and boost self confidence — something that tends to be at an all time low among young adults in the summer.

AVOID DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

People often try to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. But in reality, substances only exaggerate symptoms and can make you feel more depressed and anxious.

SET A GOAL

We all have that one thing we’ve always wanted to accomplish, but never got around to doing. Whether it’s finishing a book you started months ago or learning a new language, setting a goal is a great way to keep yourself motivated and entertained over the summer.

VOLUNTEER

Everyone has something to offer, even if it’s only time. Whether you’re interested in working with the elderly, children, animals, the homeless, or a civil rights group, there’s something out there for everyone. And while you’ll certainly be helping others, you’ll also be doing yourself a great service, as people who volunteer are more likely to be satisfied with their own lives.

GET AN INTERNSHIP

An internship will keep young adults focused and goal-oriented during the summer months. Not only will an internship give them real world experience, but it will also force them to leave the house and interact with others — key components for fighting depression.

KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

While these are great tips to follow, they don’t work for everyone. If you feel like you’ve tried everything, but are still feeling depressed or anxious, speak with a mental health professional.


For patients receiving medical care at CIRCLE CARE Center, our Mental Health and Social Services provider offers individual and group counseling to support your emotional and physical well-being. If you want to learn more about the services we offer, give us a call at (203) 852.9525.

 

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