The 501(c)3 LGBTQ nonprofit, Project No Labels, has officially opened its first office in St Petersburg, FL. The new office is located at 425 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704 and is in a shared space with Walder Legal.
Project No Labels opened their office on January 2nd, right around the same time that the organization celebrated its third anniversary. At this point, the location will be used as a workspace, but eventually, Project No Labels would like to open the space as a resource center for the LGBTQ+ community, says nonprofit president, Claire Elisan.
As a resource center, the Project No Labels office would provide a space for community members to seek information on LGBTQ-friendly businesses, counseling, homelessness support, and career training.
The hope is that the office will be open from 9-5PM during work days and staffed by volunteers and part-time employees.
Although the space was donated by a current board member, funds raised throughout the year by donors and corporate sponsors will provide the organization with money needed for insurance, staff, programs, and resource materials.
Elisan says that the organization also wants to collaborate with other organizations and business who have a positive record in the LGBTQ community. “If you have good reveiws, or have been helping the community for a while, we want to hear from you.”
Eventually, the organization would like a space big enough to hold programs and activities, but at this point, they are content to have a space to get work done. “Most of our programs occur outside of the office, out in the community, so the need isn’t there yet, but it will be down the road. Right now we aren’t trying to rush out of the space. We want to keep it small.”
Currently, the organization has twenty key volunteers, including active board members, and hosts three to four activities per month.
The urgent need at this point is for corporate sponsors to help kickstart the resource program. “We want to make this happen and we need businesses to step in and help!” says Elisan.
In March, Project No Labels will host its first annual Pride Legacy Award event during Tampa Pride. The award ceremony will honor volunteers, donors, and community-based supporters who have been doing great things for the LGBTQ community in St. Pete.
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