One of the oldest and largest LGBT community centers in the nation, The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center has been promoting LGBT health and human rights since 1973. This year alone, The Center has provided more than 55,000 service visits. Its programs cater to the many different facets of the community and include youth, family, and senior services as well as specific services for men or women, transgender counseling, and HIV testing and support. A 15-member board and 40-plus staff members work together with more than 800 community volunteers to foster The Center's mission to nurture and support the LGBT community.
Mama's Pantry shoppers come from households with an average annual income of $7,800, and often struggle to cover costs of groceries after paying for housing, health care, and other urgent needs. Although the typical shopper at Mama's Pantry is strong enough to shop and cook food independently, many rely on public transportation and struggle to carry full bags of groceries home due to the effects of their illness. A collapsible mini shopping cart can help Mama's Pantry customers to shop more comfortably and commute back home independently.
The Arc of San Diego empowers individuals with disabilities through supportive services that range from residential-living programs to summer camps and day trips for consumers of all ages. Highly trained staff and volunteers work together to honor the dignity of the individuals they serve by demonstrating compassion and celebrating diverse backgrounds.
The Salvation Army Family Store collects and resells donated items ranging from vintage clothing to antique furniture. Patrons can search for wardrobes, tables, and couches to fill out their home, plates and silverware to stock their empty kitchen, and VCRs to feed their pet robot. All proceeds from the Family Stores support The Salvation Army's San Diego Adult Rehabilitation Center, a 12-step work therapy and faith-based residential and transitional rehabilitation program for men and women dealing with alcohol and substance abuse. The six-month to two-year program is offered to program participants at no cost.
Though the best way to contribute to the organization's mission, especially following natural disasters such as the recent wildfires, is with monetary donations, the Salvation Army accepts donations of used goods and clothing to sell in the network of Family Stores. All sales of these donated items support the funding of the organization's programming. To donate goods, call (800) 728-7825 or visit www.SanDiego.SATruck.org; for monetary donations, call (866) 455-4357, visit www.SanDiego.SalvationArmy.org, or send to The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters, SD Fires, 2320 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.