In the Spirit of Community-Building features projects that range from the personal to the political. By signal boosting these endeavors, we hope to empower, create, and sustain our own in solidarity and success. We’re asking our readers to put aside just $20 a month (you’re encouraged to do more if you can afford it or less if you can’t because every dollar counts!) and pledge to re-invest it back in our community. Can we count you in? Here are some projects you should support. Got one we missed? List it in the comments.

TransTech Apprenticeship Program – Fall Session

TransTech Social Enterprises (TTSE) is a non-profit organization that offers an apprenticeship and training academy that teaches job skills, as well as graphic design and web coding. In the apprenticeship program, similar to a beauty school model, TransTech offers creative technology services including but not limited to, web development and graphic design, that are worked on by students and educators at affordable prices for consumers. 100% of the profits go back into the program. TransTech is a social enterprise structure that is meant to maximize economic improvement and well-being within the LGBTQ community, rather than focusing on maximizing profits for external shareholders. The focus of this campaign is to help fund the Fall Session which will give apprentices the basic skills needed to seek empowerment, education and employment.

| Campaign ends: September 15, 2014 (11:59pm PT)

Makers Lab DC

Makers Lab is a Washington, DC-based event design firm that builds and supports queer communities by creating spaces that celebrate life, art and culture. In September 2014, they will launch a slate of exciting concepts and collaborations, many of which will become monthly events. Plus, they will produce new events as ideas emerge.

Makers Lab was founded in March 2014 by Alissa Hall Perine, a queer project manager, event planner and buttonmaker. Alissa loves bringing people together and has been planning events for 10+ years. Her previous company lovebus events & design was voted “Best GLBT Wedding Planner” in the Washington City Paper Reader’s Poll. She is also a co-creator of freak OUT DC , a tea dance/day party held during DC Black Pride. Makers Lab is her opportunity to collaborate with amazing people and continue her passion of building community and creating connections.

DONATE HERE | Campaign Ends: September 26, 2014 (11:59pm PT)


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