July 1, 2015
Our Pledge to the Community:
Due to many community members coming forward to assume leadership roles, Q Center has stabilized financially and structurally. Last week, the new board chair of Q Center introduced us and announced our new organizational model.
We would like to take this moment to highlight some of our values and ways that we pledge to do things differently at Q Center. We know co-directorship isn’t a perfect business model but we believe that it provides for more accountability, collaboration and community representation.
We are humbled and profoundly honored to serve the LGBTQ communities of Oregon in these new roles and we pledge the following to you, our friends, family, LGBTQ communities and our Q Center family:
We pledge to serve with humility. While we both come from marginalized communities, we understand that we hold many privileges and have access that others in our communities don’t. In our new roles, we have the power and the responsibility not only to serve, but to fight for those who aren’t or can’t be at the table.
Secondly, we pledge to share power by opening doors for others, sharing resources and working to uplift community members and partners. It is our moral obligation to do all we can to bring our communities together to create new systems that meet our needs. Thirdly, we pledge to grow responsibly and in a way that is humble and appropriate. We will only pursue programs that we can sustain and support while maintaining and strengthening existing programs like *eRa and the many affinity groups that meet at Q Center.
Lastly, we pledge to lead with transparency, accountability and collaboration. We believe that transparency does not simply mean “disclosure,” but rather we will seek the input of those affected by the decisions we face. We believe that accountability does not simply mean apologizing but also deconstructing the original intent and understanding the full impact of our mistakes. We can then take action to repair the harm while not furthering trauma to those we have hurt.
We believe that collaboration does not solely mean asking for money or annexing programs, but conversely lifting up people and organizations already doing the work, and seeking the best way to lead or follow.
We will do all that we can given our limited staff and we welcome you, or welcome you back, to work with us so that we may expand our capacity to create deeper and longer lasting impacts.
We will provide regular updates through our newsletter to keep you updated. If you would like to help shape the future of Q Center we invite you to work with us as a community leader or volunteer.
You can reach us by email or phone to discuss your desired participation, to request a tour, to suggest ways we can collaborate together, or to simply get to know one another over coffee.
Executive Co-Director, Operations and Programs
(503) 234-7837 ext 114
Executive Co-Director, Development and Community Relations
(503) 234-7837 ext 100
PS: We also pledge to have fun! We’re goof balls after all. 😉
A Word About the Building
Many of you know that along with Q Center’s board of directors we are pursuing the option to sell the building where Q Center currently resides. Our goal in selling the building is to stabilize Q Center and its programs. Our priority is to negotiate a leaseback agreement that would allow us to stay at our current location for at least two years. Our ideal agreement would also resolve all of Q Center’s debt and leave us with a small fund for the next stages of rebuilding. The good news: we think we can meet all of those goals. Watch this space for more information in the near future!
JOIN US FOR SUNDAY DINNERS IN JULY @ CAFE NELL
Sunday Dinners in July is a joint fundraiser that benefits SAGE Metro Portland and eRa, both organizations serving older adults in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community.
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4115 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97217