Volunteer Opportunities

by NathalieG on March 26, 2013 - 4:23pm

The issues surrounding gay rights have always been important to me.  I strongly believe that everyone should be equal and that the fact that there are still people against gay marriage is appalling.  When we had to write our article, I knew I wanted to do something surrounding that subject, since it is so important to me.  The organizations I researched for volunteer opportunities are also linked to this subject.

It Gets Better Project

Values and Goals

The It Gets Better Project is an organization that is veered towards young people of the LGBT community.  Its goal is to show these young people that, even though they might face bullying and feel like they have to hide who they truly are, they have a better future in store.

Projects

The It Gets Better Project asks people to send them their story either in a video or message and puts them on their website, so other young LGBT can see that their life can get better.  They also have the BETTERLegal Program that helps young LGBT with help in court or in their community by using the videos on the website.

Volunteer opportunities

To volunteer with the It Gets Better Project, people can take the pledge that is offered on the home page of the website and speak out against intolerance.  Lawyers can also help out with the BETTERLegal Program by educating others about cyber bullying.  Others can also volunteer by finding videos for the program, but must be trained first.  To volunteer for this, one just needs to clique on the BETTERLegal tab at the top of the website and then clique on volunteer to sign up.  The organization also told me in an e-mail that they are working on creating a volunteer database.

Contact Information

info@itgetsbetter.org

 

GLAAD

Values and Goals

Major values of GLAAD are acceptance and equality.  On their website, it is stated that “GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively.”  It uses social media to change people opinions and create equality for the LGBT community.

Projects

A current project of this organization is denouncing the Boy Scouts homophobic policy.  GLAAD asks people to tell the “National Geographic Channel” that is should speak out against discrimination against gay people, since this channel is airing a show that has an influence on the topic.  GLAAD also has a project about speaking out about discrimination to transgender people after an elementary school decided to make a 6 year old transgender girl go to the boy’s bathroom.   Every year, the organization hosts “Spirit Day” on October 19th, a day where people are asked to wear purple to “speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.”

Volunteer Opportunities

GLAAD asks people to speak out against the homophobic policies in the Boy Scouts and discrimination against transgender people to try and make a difference.  To actually volunteer, someone needs to sign up using the website.  It states that the organism matches a person with a project that suits them.  The organism will also e-mail volunteers, so they can find projects that they are interested in volunteering in.  However, a volunteer must be 18.  I have e-mailed them to find out more about some specific volunteer opportunities right now, but have yet to receive a response.

Job Opportunities

GLAAD offers many internship and career opportunities to people living in the United States (mostly in New York and Los Angeles.  Some examples of internships are “GLAAD Communications/PR Intern,” “Online Production Internship,” and others.

Contact Information

volunteer@glaad.org

 

The Trevor Project

Values and Goals

The Trevor Project’s main goal is to end suicide in the LGBT community.  The organization tries to raise awareness in schools and in society to prevent suicide.  The major values of The Trevor Project are “acceptance, commitment and innovation.”

Projects

The Trevor Project has four ways to contact them for help.  The “TrevorLifeline” is a phone number that young LGBTQ can call when they are in crisis to talk to counselors.  The “TrevorChat” has the same point, but is trough instant messaging.  “AskTrevor,” an online forum, young LGBTQ can ask questions about sexuality or identity.  The “TrevorSpace” is a social network for LGBTQ youth, so they can find resources to help them in their crises.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Trevor Project has many volunteer opportunities, as they need many people to do all their projects.  They need “Trevor Lifeline Counselors” to answer calls for the “TrevorLifeline.”  They also need “Lifeguard Workshop facilitators” to educate young people about the issues surrounding sexual orientation.   Another volunteer opportunity is being a “TrevorSpace Administrator.”  Volunteers monitor the content of the “TrevorSpace.”  People can also volunteer as event or project volunteers.  More details are written on the website for all the volunteer opportunities.  People who wish to volunteer must be 18 or over and live in the United States.  There is also a lot of Training required for most of the volunteer opportunities.  I have e-mailed the organization to find out if there are any volunteer opportunities in Canada either with them or an affiliated organization, but have yet to receive a response.

Other

The name of the organization The Trevor Project was inspired by the short film TREVOR.  The story of the film is about a young boy, Trevor, with a crush on a popular boy in his class.  He is made fun of by his classmates because of this.  He tries to commit suicide, but, “his developing sense of self and undeniable enthusiasm for life will always see him through.”  The creators of this short film created The Trevor Project for other young people with the same problems as Trevor in 1998.

Contact Information

info@thetrevorproject.org

 

ILGA (INTERNATIONAL LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANS AND INTERSEX ASSOCIATION)

Values and Goals

According to the organization’s website, “ILGA’s aim is to work for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination.”  They try to make society and governments pay attention to discrimination surrounding sexual orientation and identity.

Projects

In Canada, the major issue is education according to ILGA’s website.  It is unclear what the organization is doing about this, because the links to what they are doing do not work.  I have e-mailed them, but have not received a response.

Volunteer Opportunities

ILGA asks people to volunteer by translating articles on the subject of gay rights, so more people can read them.  To do this, one needs to sign up on the website and go to any article.  At the bottom of these articles, there is the option “Translate.”  It is very simple to do and people can do it whenever they feel like it.  I have e-mailed the organization to know if they offer other volunteer opportunities, but, as I mentioned, have not yet received a response.

Contact Information

information@ilga.org

Egale Canada

Values and Goals

Egale believes that Canada should not have any discrimination and people should be treated equally no matter what their sexual orientation is.  “Egale Canada is our national lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) human rights organization: advancing equality, diversity, education and justice.”  Egale has appeared in front of the Supreme Court to help the LGBT community gain rights.

Projects

Egale tries to make schools safer and more accepting in Canada.  They want to educate teacher to help create safer schools.  Suicide prevention is also being done to reduce the LGBTQ suicide rate.  They are also trying to make transsexual people’s rights better.

Volunteer Opportunities

Egale Canada claims to need volunteers, but there are no specific opportunities on their website.  They have not yet responded to my e-mail asking them what opportunities there are.

Contact Information

There is no contact information given.  Here is a page on the website with which someone can contact the organization.