Author: Jeromy Manke

Nevada’s Big Give is Here!

TODAY is Nevada’s Big Give!

Our Center is for Our Community,
and every dollar makes a difference!

Nevada’s annual Big Give event is today! Nevadans will come together for 24 hours of online giving. You will have the opportunity to give where you live on one central website. Come out to support OUR Center and programming with a secure, online donation, for as little as $10.

Your donations will not only help our efforts, but will give us the chance to win additional funding by either garnering the highest number of donations or the highest amount of donations.

We’ve had over 5,000 visitors to Our Center since opening in April 2016!
Help us reach our next landmark of 20 new or recurring donors, as we approach our one year anniversary!

What do your donations support?

  • The Space: Continue to sustain a safe, inviting space for programs, services, and community use. With Our Center now open, we need to continue to fundraise responsibly to keep the lights on.
  • The Programs: We will develop and expand programming, with continued focus on youth and further development for seniors and other groups.
  • The Involvement: We will have clear, consistent, and compelling messages to increase awareness, investment, and participation in the community and organization.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

Our Holiday Open House

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We thank you so much for all of the love you have generoulsy offered to
Our Center this year.
 
Can you beleive we have an actual building with lights on?!
Over 3,000 have come to visit.
Over 1,400 Volunteer hours logged.
A space for over 30 organizations to meet and create.
So many things…
 
Come Eat Cookies, Decorate Cookies and Drink Holiday Drinks.
 
Feel free to bring your favorite holiday treat to share.
Bring a favorite ornament or decoration for future holidays.
If you would like to participate in the Super Secret Gift Exchange. Bring in a wrapped gift you would like to get.
 
Santa and a Magical Elf will be here too at 5:30 pm! Come take a picture.
Maybe someone will play the piano… we have a piano!
Check out the Facebook event page!

#GivingTuesday is tomorrow!

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TOMORROW,
Tuesday, November 29th, is #GivingTuesday!

What is #GivingTuesday?
In the same way that Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the holidaybuying season, #GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season. It was created in 2012 as a global day of giving back and doing good for others. In its first three years, it has proven to be a meaningful (and fun!) way for people to share a little holiday spirit with their favorite community organizations. Overall, #GivingTuesday has grown dramatically each year, with a total of almost $46 million raised in 2014, over 60% more in 2015. All signs indicate that the trend will continue in 2016!

Why donate to Our Center?

Our Center is for Our Community
and every penny helps!

Our Center is for all members of our community, and we need everyone’s support. As a local nonprofit, our success is directly tied to the community that we serve. Build Our Center has strived to create meaningful programs, functions, and events that bring people to together in support of a common goal: opening and sustaining a community center.
We all realized that dream this year!

In order to continue, we need your direct support and donations. We are focusing our efforts and resources to achieve the following outcomes:

  • The Space: Continue to sustain a safe, inviting space for programs, services, and community use. With Our Center now open, we need to continue to fundraise responsibly to keep the lights on.
  • The Programs: We will develop and expand programming, with continued focus on youth and further development for seniors and other groups.
  • The Involvement: We will have clear, consistent, and compelling messages to increase awareness, investment, and participation in the community and organization.

This is just the start! We’ve narrowed down key activities in order to reach these goals. However, these outcomes are not possible without your donations!

What has Our Center done?
Since acquiring our 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in 2013, we have expanded our strategic plan, dramatically increased fundraising, and worked to develop meaningful programming.

  • Our Youth program, which includes both the youth social group HOMIES (Hands On Movement Including Everyone) and the Point-In-Time Homeless Youth Count, continues to grow and expand as we approach the third year of this event. 
  • Northern Nevada Pride, which took place for the third year in July, brought in over 7,000 attendees to downtown Reno to celebrate!
  • Ongoing calendar of functions, activities, and groups (over 60 per month) at Our Center!
  • Check out our website to see more of the great events, activities, and involvement of the organization, www.OurCenterReno.org

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

National Coming Out Day!

Join us to celebrate National Coming Out Day on Tuesday, October 11th!

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National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally-observed human rights day devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning folks and allies. The day is about providing visibility to LGBTQQIAA individuals and promoting awareness of LGBTQQIAA issues.

NCOD is a time dedicated for people across the LGBTQQIA and Allied communities to celebrate coming out, and as part of our observance of NCOD.

You can participate by coming to the center and submitting your Coming Out Story between 2-6pm.
Meet new people and talk about your journey. Participate in a round-table discussion. Coming Out Story will be playing in the center.
Reception will begin at 6pm, followed at 7pm with the speakers panel telling their stories and answering questions about their experiences.

Statement of Apology

Dear Community Members and Pride Attendees,
 
As many of you know, it is our mission and objective to hold a family friendly event in celebration of Pride in Reno. Unfortunately, not all of our acts this year upheld this objective. As such, we at Our Center and Northern Nevada Pride would like to extend our sincerest apologies for our first headliner’s act at Northern Nevada Pride on Saturday, July 23, 2016.
 
All of our entertainers are informed that their acts must be family friendly. This was also confirmed with each headliner’s representative prior to the event. Unfortunately, the act did not meet our standards or expectations in regard to this. While this does not excuse what happened, we offer this statement as an explanation and apology to those who may have been offended. That was never our intent and we are taking additional steps to ensure this does not happen with our headliners or other entertainers in the future.
 
We continue to be committed to providing a Pride Celebration that includes all members of our extended community, especially families, and to host an event where all feel comfortable attending. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of our board directly, please contact us at your convenience.
 
Sincerely,
Jeromy
 
 
Jeromy Manke
President
Build Our Center, Inc.
 
Main (775) 624-3720
Jeromy@OurCenterReno.org
 
OurCenterReno.org
Location • 1745 South Wells Avenue, Reno, NV 89502
Mailing Address • PO Box 54, Reno, NV 89504
 
 
Build Our Center, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3. All Donations are tax deductible.
 
We will Build, Connect, and Strengthen the LGBTQ community to celebrate diversity and sustain a safe, thriving, community-based organization for the empowerment and support of LGBTQ people in Northern Nevada that addresses advocacy, education, and services.