PROTECTING OUR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
ST. GEORGE – It’s not always easy finding a place where you feel safe to be yourself, let alone knowing who out there will support who you are. One goal of the recently created LGBTQ+ Resource Center at Dixie State University is to provide support and a safe space for students, staff and faculty who identify as a part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
The area’s own LGBT community raised and donated $2,000 to the center during the St. George gay pride event in June.
Barrett Beck and her wife Denise Nadal staff the center and can provide more information. “Center funds will be used to fund scholarships and support for LGBT students, train and hire staff members, send students to conferences and bring a richer array of programming to the entire DSU community,” Beck said in a statement detailing the event. “The LGBTQ+ Resource Center affirms Dixie State’s commitment to supporting all its students and follows the national trend of having LGBT resource centers on campuses.” You may contact Dixie State’s Multicultural Inclusion Center at 435-652-7730 or the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at email@example.com. Donations are needed especially at this time.
“NO PLACE CALLED HOME”
With area rents increasing dramatically and affordable housing becoming more difficult to find, Washington County is reporting 939 homeless students and of those, 476 are in pre-K to fifth grade levels. Some 40 percent of WCSD students qualify for and receive free or reduced lunch.
In response the #StepUpSTG fundraiser for Washington is hoping to collect at least 1,295 blankets and sleeping bags along with diapers, baby wipes, laundry detergent, school supplies (including scientific calculators), household items (towels, sheets, cleaning supplies, etc.) for homeless students and families.
When: Nov. 21 through Dec. 5 Where: Drop off donations at The Spectrum, 275 E. St. George Blvd., and at any Stephen Wade Auto Center locations in St. George for Washington County School District Students, Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Washington County School District, 121 W. Tabernacle, SG or through the following article: http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2016/11/19/washington-iron-county-home-1295-homeless--risk-students/94128970/
SWITCHPOINT HOLIDAY GIFT LIST
Switchpoint has requested the following items for their residents. These items or financial contributions can be dropped off with them directly at Switchpoint, 948 N 1300 W, St George.
Movie passes, bus passes, grocery gift cards, Wal-Mart Cards, Gas Cards, Diapers any size, Bikes.
Since many residents don't have identification or a birth certificate to get a job, money for the following will help:
Utah ID $18; Birth Certificate $45; Food Handlers Card $25
DOVE CENTER HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP, Dec. 20-24th
Sponsored by and held at The Shoppes at Zion, the Gift Wrapping Extravaganza is an event for the whole community! Volunteers are all set to wrap your gifts for you when you make a donation to DOVE Center. This fun and festive event helps us increase awareness about our services and raise critical funds to support the programs that support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. It's also a great opportunity to volunteer!
Gift wrapping will take place beginning December 20th to December 24th. Hours are from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; except on Christmas Eve when hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will also be selling Reclaim the Beauty jewelry (previously loved, but great for gifts!) and serving hot chocolate. Your packages will be beautifully wrapped, you will save time, and survivors will benefit!
If you'd like to volunteer to wrap, please contact the Dove Center through their website or DOVE Center Outreach Office at 435-628-1204.
THE ERIN KIMBALL FOUNDATION
SUPPORTING Children & Family IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, UT Contact Dorothy Engelman, Director of Erin Kimball Foundation at 435-879-1558
THE ERIN KIMBALL FOUNDATION PROVIDES TRANSITIONAL HOUSING AND SUPPORT SERVICES FOR FAMILIES FLEEING DOMESTIC ABUSE.
For more information or to make a donation, follow this link: https://www.razoo.com/us/story/The-Erin-Kimball-Memorial-Foundation
DAYS FOR GIRLS, INC is in an international organization with a chapter here, focused on helping girls gain access to feminine hygiene products and awareness by direct distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits to girls throughout the world. Our local chapter meets monthly to construct and pack these wonderful kits. All local kits are distributed by folks from our community. Held as a drop-in at Quilted Works classroom at 140 N 400 W, #A7 on December 7th, 2016 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm, See the attached flyer for more info.https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1096/7342/files/IMG_5134.JPG?9350938112608833773
ST. GEORGE SENIOR CENTER, which houses Meals and Wheels and offers programming for 450-500 seniors per month, is currently seeking experienced individual(s) in fixing outdoor sprinkler/drip systems. They don’t have the money to hire someone and need help in repairing it to help sustain their landscaping. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SO. UTAH VETERANS HOME needs ongoing Volunteers to socialize with Veteran residents as well as accompany and support during local shopping trips. Brief Volunteer trainings are held every few months. Stop by and pick up at packet between 10-5 at The Veterans Home at 160 N 200 E., Ivins and add your name to the list for an upcoming training to help serve those who have served our country.
DAKOTA WATER PROTECTORS: Democrats might be interested in collectively supporting the Dakota Water Protectors, especially after many of us have followed this issue on FaceBook. The treatment of these people who are only trying to protect their sacred lands from destruction is deplorable. They are trying to avoid the danger of a future leak that would destroy their water supply. Here’s a link to their go-fund-me account and other suggestions if you’d like to get more involved
Please feel free to offer any ideas, comments or suggestions to me, Chuck Goode at 435-229-8950 or email me at email@example.com.