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.
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?
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.
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.