Volunteer with The Living Room

Published

08/03/2018

Start Date

08/21/2018

End Date

08/21/2019

Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per month

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

2036 Southeast Jefferson Street
Milwaukie
Oregon
97222
United States

Description

Established in 2009, The Living Room (TLR) works to improve life for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14 to 20 in Clackamas County. We focus on serving youth in suburban and rural communities using a multi-pronged approach, including weekly drop-in services and annual events to provide safe spaces for our youth.


LGBTQ+ youth are powerful, resilient, and inspiring. They are also vulnerable. Four in ten LGBTQ+ youth say the community they live in is not accepting of LGBTQ people, and 26% of LGBTQ+ youth say their biggest problems are not being accepted by their family, trouble at school/bullying, and fear to be out/open. (HRC) Youth in our suburban and rural communities are especially in need of our support.


Over the last year, acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, especially LGBTQ+ people of color, has palpably decreased. Here in Clackamas County, The Living Room and the youth we serve have felt this climate change personally. Our youth report a noticeably decreased intervention on their behalf from adults in their schools and communities when faced with bullying, harassment, or a lack of support. As an organization, we face increasing barriers to entering Clackamas schools to help maintain and establish GSAs, which are critical to reversing this trend.


We're looking for dedicated adult volunteers (21+) who believe in our mission. Interaction with youth is a huge part of this volunteer opportunity.


Volunteers:

  • Are asked to commit two hours of their time per month to TLR
  • Will go through volunteer training and complete a background check
  • Are considered mandatory reporters after completion of training
  • Participate in our fun annual events-GSA Summit, Alternative Prom, Pride, etc
  • Help with tabling at events such as Pride and other opportunities to represent TLR to the community at large


If you'd like to join The Living Room as a volunteer, please fill out the volunteer application available on our website, linked below. After you fill out the application, you may attend our next volunteer training, taking place August 21st, 6-8PM in downtown Milwaukie. If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, elichia@thelivingroomyouth.org.


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