Homeless Youth Count – January 28th

Are you 18 – 24?
If you NEED a home,
We NEED to know.

Looking for young people who are sleeping ….
” On the street/outdoors/park/river/roof or in a car/van/camper,
” In a house or apartment with a friend or family on a temporary basis,
” In a garage/attic/basement/storage structure/abandoned building,
” A place in a house (not a bedroom), e.g. kitchen, couch, bathroom

January 28th. Midnight to Midnight @ West St Plaza “The Circle”
January 28th 10-4pm at the YOUth Drop In Center


You can make a cash donation to either Build Our Center or Nevada Youth Empowerment Project before or the day of the count.
Donations of incentives will also be accepted January 27th from 5pm until January 29th at 9am. Donations made after this time will go into the Youth Emergency Fund for year round access by young people.

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January happenings and 2016!

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In 2015, Build Our Center had a fantastic year and we wouldn’t have achieved our successes without you! We thank you for sticking by us as we continue working to Build, Connect, and Strengthen the community. Our annual report will be published soon and will detail our efforts and fundraising for the past year, along with plans for 2016.

This upcoming year holds so many new things for Build Our Center and our amazing community in Northern Nevada! In 2015, we surpassed our fundraising goal of having enough capital to support a physical space for three years,  so we are on track to open the new Community Center this year! Thanks to a generous donation from The Norris-Rocaberte Family Foundation, we will be able to furnish and equip the new space so that its potential can be fully realized.

We strive to ensure we are good stewards of the funds raised and are careful and thorough in our approach to funding, securing, and operating a physical space. Your patience and trust means the world to us! With the new space comes the opportunity to dramatically expand on existing programming in addition to developing new services and programs for everyone! We will continue to raise funds to sustain and develop programming in order to create an impact and realize positive results.

We look forward to expanding our involvement in the community and interacting with more of you on a regular basis. It is our hope and objective that the building will be utilized by everyone for a multitude of reasons or, frankly, none at all! Whether you or your group need a space for community and organizational meetings or a comfortable place to study, work, or read a book, we want to be here for you as you have been for us. Without giving away the surprise, and, as we iron out the last of the details, let us reassure you that the center will be opening very soon.

With Pride, Hope and Excitement,
The Board of Directors

Check out the rest of the January newsletter and upcoming happenings with Build Our Center!

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3 Degrees – January 21st

3 Degrees is Northern Nevada’s LGBTQA Business & Professional Network!

Come network and meet our January hosts Caren Jenkins – Nevada Legacy Law and Stef Mussatti – YeVo.
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We welcome people in all industries, as well as community members who support LGBTQA businesses.

You are encouraged to bring 50 business cards to expand your network! You will have a chance to introduce yourself and meet others.

This is a great opportunity to promote businesses in our area and share references to those that support our community!

Refreshments will be provided.

Join the group — https://www.facebook.com/groups/3DegreesReno/

Everyone is Welcome. This is a FREE event for all ages.

If you would like to host a 3 Degrees, please let us know. You must attend at least one meeting before hosting. 

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Calling all Volunteers & Future Board Members

Calling all Volunteer Leaders!

Build Our Center is expanding. We’ve added new committees with new volunteer positions, and we need your help to fill them!

As we gear up for 2016, we’re looking for individuals that are committed to the mission of Build Our Center and have time to dedicate to the cause.  We will be opening our doors and will need volunteers more than ever. Volunteer Leader applicants will be placed on committees based on their preferred area of interest. Do you have a passion for something? We’ll pair you with a project related to it!

Committees are based on the following areas of interest: Building/Development, Volunteer, Education/Programming, Finance, Marketing, and Special Projects including Northern Nevada Pride and Harvey Milk Day.

Committees work together to come up with a meeting schedule that works for the majority. Some meet monthly and others it depends on the immediate needs and timeline.

All applications for the first round of volunteer placement are due January 31, 2016. Late application will still be considered, but immediate placement is not guaranteed.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of BOC, please note that on your application. We meet Monthly on the last Wednesday of each month.

Please fill out the attached application and email it to buildourcenter@gmail.com. The applications can also be mailed to PO BOX 54, Reno, Nevada 89504.

We are excited to work with you in continuing to Build, Connect, and Strengthen OUR CommUNITY!

Volunteer Application PDF

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#GivingTuesday is Today!


It’s here!
Today, Build Our Center is participating in #GivingTuesday!

Donate Today!

What is #GivingTuesday?  In the same way that Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday buying season, #GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season. It was created in 2012 as a global day of giving back and doing good for others. In its first three years, it has proven to be a meaningful (and fun!) way for people to share a little holiday spirit with their favorite community organizations. Overall, #GivingTuesday has grown dramatically each year, with a total of almost $46 million raised in 2014, over 60% more than 2013. All signs indicate that its growth will continue in 2015.

Why donate to Build Our Center? As a local nonprofit, our success is directly tied to the community that we serve. Build Our Center has strived to create meaningful events that bring people to together in support of a common goal: fundraising for a community center. We have big dream that are within sight! In order to realize these, we need your direct support and donations. We are directing our efforts and resources to achieve the following outcomes:

  • The Space: We have an inviting space for programs, services, and community use. With our recent space search and substantial donations, we can soon outfit and open a physical space!
  • The Programs: We will develop and expand programming, with an initial focus on youth and seniors.
  • The Involvement: We will have clear, consistent, and compelling messages to increase awareness, investment, and participation in the community and organization.

This is just the start! We’ve narrowed down key activities in order to reach these goals. However, these outcomes are not possible without your involvement!

What have we done? Since acquiring our 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in 2013, we have modified our strategic plan, dramatically increased fundraising, and worked to develop meaningful programming. Our Youth program, which includes both the youth social group HOMIES (Hands On Movement Including Everyone) and the Point-In-Time Homeless Youth Count, continues to grow and expand. Northern Nevada Pride, which took place for the second year in July, brought thousands of people to downtown Reno to celebrate! Check out our website to see more of the great events, activities, and involvement of the organization, www.buildourcenter.org



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BOC selected as the Art Walk (November) Charity of the Month — Nov.5

Build Our Center is thrilled to be chosen the charity of the month for Art Walk Reno.
We have always been closely tied with the arts community and we are happy to develop even deeper roots.  Stop by, say hi….maybe make a button:)
We will be at West Street Market from 5-7:30.

Restaurants, galleries and businesses in the downtown Reno Arts District are bustling every first Thursday because of Art Walk Reno.

November 5th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., join us and see the works of local and regional artists on display in venues within the Arts District, between Liberty Street and Second Street, and Virginia Street and Arlington Avenue.

The walk officially begins at 5 p.m. at West Street Market, 148 West Street in downtown Reno.

Featured artists in November Angie Terrell and Carlos Martinez will have limited edition hand painted glasses and signed, numbered prints.

The raffle will be at Noble Pie Parlor, 8:15 p.m. with $400 dollars in prizes, including a $200 voucher towards any piece of art on the walk.

After party is at Pignic Pub & Patio with Loud As Folk, we will both be raising funds for Build Our Center. Sponsored by Se7en Teahouse.

Tickets also available at Art Indeed! & Sundance Books and Music.

Tell them if you plan on going and RSVP on FB. https://www.facebook.com/events/1644805922441999/

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WE’RE ON THE HUNT FOR OUR NEW HOME! Do YOU have any connections?

WE’RE ON THE HUNT FOR OUR NEW HOME!  Do YOU have any connections?
Let us know if you find a space that could suit our needs!

The following is a list of “wants” for the building/space for the future LGBT Community Center. This list was compiled by the Board of Director’s, after discussion with members of the community. While we would love to find a space that meets all of our requirements, we are aware that this may not be possible due to resources and availability. Because of this, there will be tradeoffs that need to be made.

Ideally, the following are our requirements/preferences:
• Roughly $3,000 per month including power, water, sewer (based on having 3 years worth of rental cost/utilities in the bank)
• Roughly 1500 – 3000 square feet (larger possible, if within above budget)
• At least one meeting space that will accommodate a minimum of 25 people
• Separate space large enough for a youth drop-in center (roughly 500 square feet)
• Centrally located in midtown, downtown, Wells corridor, or adjacent (ideally, a safe location)
• Located near, or on, main public transportation routes
• Good signage/visibility
• ADA compliant (if possible)
• Dedicated bathrooms within leased space that are only used by the Center’s patrons
• Ample parking or access to parking
• Landlord/co-tenants and patrons of co-tenants that will be accepting of the Center’s patrons and youth to create a comfortable atmosphere
• Landlord/co-tenants that will allow for the Center to be open later hours than normal business hours and on weekends
• Working kitchen area
• Stand-alone space preferred
• Commercial property, but suitable residential/mixed use can be considered if zoning allows for the Center
• Preferred sublet/retail space available
• Potential for build-out based on needs (potential to divide space for meeting space, office spaces, bathrooms, kitchen, storage, youth lounge, retail, etc.)

Here’s a peek at some of the places we have seen…

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