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2018 Hurricane Michael Relief for the LGBTQ Center of Bay County Inc.

Dear Friends of the LGBTQ Center of Bay County:

Equality Florida has stepped in to raise funds to help rebuild the LGBTQ Center of Bay County.

The Aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Devastation of our LGBTQ Safe Space. our community will rise and our Spirits will soar. #850strong.

The Aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Devastation of our LGBTQ Safe Space. our community will rise and our Spirits will soar. #850strong.

Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10 as a devastating Category 4 hurricane with the LGBTQ Center of Bay County--known simply as "The Center"--in its path. The fourth strongest hurricane ever to strike the mainland United States barreled through the Florida Panhandle, tearing off part of The Center's roof and damaging or destroying much of the building's contents. Now we need your help to rebuild The Center so it can be even stronger!

The Center enhances and empowers Bay County's LGBTQ population through programs, services, and resources. In addition to its civil and human rights advocacy, The Center hosts PFLAG meetings, transgender support group meetings, weekly youth group meetings, and other trainings. It is the only LGBTQ youth resource in the Panhandle of Florida.

Our community has been disrupted in unimaginable ways, and with it, the already fragile lives of our most vulnerable youth and families. The Center is badly in need. The "to-do" list to resume serving the Panhandle's LGBTQ youth community is long:

  • replace damaged computers, refrigerator, television, electronics

  • replace damaged chairs and tables, restock the library and DVD collection

  • replenish craft supplies and the snack pantry, microwave

  • replace office supplies, cork board, white board, ink and printer paper, filing cabinets (letter size) with four drawers, locking

  • continue to develop programs and build on our initial investment to sustain the future of the Center

First, our goal is $20,000 to get The Center back up and operational to serve our LGBTQ youth. Can you lean in with us to help?

One Community. Many Voices.

SUPPORT

A place to find friendship strength and hope.

A place to find friendship strength and hope.

COMMUNITY

A PlACE TO GROW.

A PlACE TO GROW.

OUTREACH

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

"The center Peer Youth Support Group is an essential community program aimed at addressing issues among LGBTQ+ youth. Suicide is the leading cause of death for LGBTQ+ teens. It is critical for the parents, guardians, and other family members of LGBTQ+ youth to have access to the resources they need to ensure their children are protected and supported. We believe that the Center is an excellent resource to provide these much-needed services in our community." Niki Kelley, Executive Director, Girls Inc.

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Help Support The Center when you purchase from Amazon

Go to:   smile.amazon.com

Then sign into your Amazon account with your email and password.    Put LGBTQ Center of Bay County in the search field.

NOTE:   You must always access Amazon by entering  “smile.amazon.com” in order to make a contribution.   This will not increase the price of any purchases.   The Center will get 0.5% of all purchases!!!