Rainbow Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 19, 2019
Message from Staff and Board
Rainbow’s leadership team, staff, and the Board of Directors are writing today to express our gratitude and provide updates about Rainbow Community Center.
Over the years, with your support, our community has consistently been there and helped Rainbow’s staff and leadership to provide services and programs through volunteering, fundraising, and sharing ideas for growth and improvement. We sincerely thank you for your time and efforts; no matter how large or small the act, it has made a difference.
In an effort to be more transparent with you, our community, we are sharing our plan to manage Rainbow’s financial stability, maintain services and programming, and support staff through the holiday season while we search for the right Executive Director to lead Rainbow moving forward. We know that we will get through this challenging time with the support from each and every person who loves Rainbow and believes in the work we do - this includes you!
The staff leadership, with Board support and input from all staff, have outlined a plan to save fiscal resources, while maintaining services and programs that our community needs. The goal is to reduce costs by approximately 25% over the next three months and raise as much funding as possible.
The Center will be closed:
Mondays from now until the end of January
12/23/19 - 1/3/20 for winter break (food pantry will remain open)
We will continue to hold group meetings on Monday evenings, including our Gender Voice and Men’s HIV Support groups.
Clinical staff will be offering alternate dates or tele-therapy for counseling or case management to clients who have Monday appointments.
Staff assigned to provide services on Mondays at a college or school will still do so through the closure period.
In the absence of an ED, the leadership team will support staff and community members in daily operations and the Board President will be available as needed and maintain oversight of grants, contracts, and overall operations.
Because this plan reduces staff hours, we are asking the community to help! We want to be mindful that we are not asking staff to do more work in fewer hours during an already stressful time of year. We know we are asking a lot of ourselves and our community and that this will disproportionately affect our most marginalized members: trans* Black women, QTPoC, LGBTQ+ neurodiverse, and LGBTQ+ disabled community members.
We can address the challenge of keeping Rainbow active and thriving with your support. Rainbow is your Center. It is a home for all of those in our community who need and want a safe place to go for friendship, love, and support. Together we have the power to lift each other up and build a better, brighter Rainbow that is able to serve our LGBTQ+ community for many years to come
Ways you can help:
Support fundraising efforts (donate, attend a special event, etc)
Spread the word about Rainbow (share on social media, tell a friend)
Volunteer your time (email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up)
Attend Board Meetings (see rainbowcc.org/board-of-directors)
Recommend new board members, or apply yourself!
If you have any questions about the Center’s transition please do not hesitate to reach out to the Board President at email@example.com
Staff & Board
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct 1, 2019
Message from Board President
Dear Rainbow Community,
It is with both sadness and appreciation that I must announce that Jack Rednour-Bruckman will be resigning as the Executive Director of Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County.
Jack joined Rainbow briefly at the beginning of 2019 as a Board Member, became the consulting Interim Director in April, and took over the Executive Director role officially on May 1st of this year. They had committed to lead the organization until at least October 1, after a year of challenging transitions and change for the organization. While deciding to renew their agreement, Jack was offered a dynamic position to engage in much needed political advocacy in Southern California and ultimately decided to embark on this new phase for their career and social justice work. The whole board and staff wish them well in this future endeavor!
In a short time, Jack rallied, with staff and board support, to execute a successful Pride celebration in June, has facilitated the implementation of Rainbow’s new strategic plan, assured the continuation of major grants and contracts, and helped to improve and stabilize operations and organizational processes.
Jack leaves Rainbow in a very strong place for continued growth, and we sincerely thank them for their leadership. Their last day will be Friday, October 18 th .
During the hiring process for a new Executive Director , our staff leadership will oversee operations, continue meeting grant and contract obligations, and most importantly service client and community needs during this next phase. The board and key staff members are already engaged in the process to permanently fill the position as soon as possible. We are confident that, with support from the Board of Directors, the staff will make this a smooth transition for our clients, partners, and supporters.
If you have any questions about the transition or hiring process, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Board President at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dorann "Dodi" Zotigh, CST, MS
Gender Pronouns: She/Her
For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2019
Rainbow Community Center Hosts Pride 2019
As Contra Costa County Cities Proclaim Support for LGBTQ Community More Local Cities Than Ever Before Will Raise the Pride Flag
Fifty years after the Stonewall uprising, a watershed moment in LGBTQ history, Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County (Rainbow) will host an exhilarating Pride 2019 festival for the LGBTQ community and allies from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, in Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza. The day before the event, Rainbow will join the City Council of Concord as the city raises the Pride flag over city hall at 1950 Parkside Drive at 4:00 p.m. on May 31.
About the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County:
The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County located on Willow Pass Rd. in Concord, CA, with another location in El Cerrito, builds community and promotes well-being among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) people and our allies. Programs and services include Clinical, Recovery, Intern Training, HIV Support, Kind Hearts Food Pantry, Programs for Trans/Non-Binary, Women’s, Men’s, Seniors, and Youth as well as Diversity Training and Leadership. More information: www.Rainbowcc.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2019
Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County Announces Leadership Change
LGBTQ Center Appoints New Interim Executive Director
CONCORD, CA - The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County’s Board of Directors announced today the pending resignation of current Executive Director, Kevin McAllister. The Board also announced the immediate hiring of an interim Executive Director, Jack Rednour-Bruckman who will assume the role when McAllister formally resigns on April 26th 2019...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2019
Rainbow Community Center Restructuring
Contra Costa County’s LGBTQ Resource Center is Restructuring the Organization to Better Serve the Community
Concord – The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County, providing support services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ) community, will be implementing a new strategic plan and restructuring over the next several months. The plan involves restructuring the organization, training staff and provide upgraded and improved services to the community. Minimal disruption to clinical support is anticipated during this restructuring and RCC’s current caseload is a priority...