Movie night

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We really miss getting together so we're busy planning a free virtual movie screening we can all watch together in our own homes. More details coming soon!

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A big THANKS to AARP for making it possible to bring you free virtual movie screenings and virtual Bi+ activities this month, and for supporting Diversity Richmond programs all year long.

Bi+ Week Programming

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Join us in supporting people attracted to more than one gender with a week of community resources, educational events, and Bi+ voices. Events Include:

TUE 9/22: Bi+ and Queer Bands Livestream (Online)
WED 9/23: Bi+ Readings from LGBTQ+ Authors at MCC (In-person, Outside) Face masks, social distancing required
THU 9/24: Bi+ Discussion Group (Online)
SAT 9/26: Bi+ Celebration and Awareness Gathering at Diversity Richmond (In-person, Outside) Face masks, social distancing required.

Complete information on all events and registration at Eventbrite

Diversity Thrift best place in town for Halloween Costumes!

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October 31st is just around the corner and no better place to find costumes than Diversity Thrift. And you can’t find better spooky prices anywhere. Staff members such as Ava and Liz have been busy placing costumes on display. The store is open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00 A.M. till 5:00 P.M. Follow us on facebook and see what's new every week!

Now hiring cashier

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Diversity Thrift is hiring! We have an opening for a cashier. The shifts are 8:30-6:00 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We need someone who is great with customers and has experience handling cash in a fast-paced environment. If this sounds like you, send your resume to .

Viva! RVA Food Drive Part 2

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Viva! RVA! Food Drive Part 2. Helping more families with food insecurity

In July, we helped 500 families with a week's worth of groceries, and we're ready to do it again! With your generous donations and our sponsor, The Laughing Gull, we will be packing bags and geting food out to 500 more families. September 27th is the last day to donate, so click the button below to donate!

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Diversity Thrift resumes furniture pick ups

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Accommodating our wonderful donors and protecting our staff

A while back, because of pandemic issues we stopped picking up donated furniture. The safety of our employees has always been a top priority for us. We have now resumed that service, but with certain provisions.

All donated furniture must be left outside in the front yard or on the sidewalk. Diversity staff will not enter homes. If donors meet with the drivers, they must wear masks and observe six feet distancing. Furniture will be disinfected by Diversity Thrift staff before being placed on the truck. Once the donations are delivered to the store, they remain in storage before being placed on the sales floor. Furniture is also disinfected again before being placed in the store. Tax donation forms will be left by our drivers.

Our truck is now on the road Monday-Wednesday. To make an appointment, please call 804-353-8890.

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A new entrance door provides a safer one way entry and exit. Three PODS on the lot for donations.

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Safety signage at the entry door lets shoppers know that masks are required as is maintaining a six foot distance between shoppers. Hand sanitizer is available in many places throughout the store. Restrooms and fitting rooms are closed.

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Plexiglass panels provide a barrier between shoppers and staff at checkout. Stephanie and all of our staff members are required to wear masks.

Our credit/debit card chip reader provides a safer no touch transaction.

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Floor signage reminds shoppers to stay six feet apart.

Thank you for supporting Diversity Richmond with your household donations, your cash donations, and your store patronage. We couldn't do what we do without your support!

Metropolitan Community Church Richmond instrumental in meeting food insecurity for hundreds of Richmonders

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A 2020 Diversity Richmond Grant Recipient

MCC Richmond’s Vicky Hester Food Pantry and The Lounge are open every Thursday from noon to 1:30pm. Anyone who struggles with food insecurity is welcome to select nonperishable food items from our “Choice” food pantry, order a custom bagged lunch with options of made-to-order sandwiches, chips, veggies, fruit, bottled water and soft drink, and a dessert. The bread and dessert come from our community partner Panera Bread Company. Food donations are provided from members of the congregation, neighbors of the church and our community partners. People can also select from an assortment of gently used clothes and shoes as well as hygiene items. There are no intake requirements and no person is ever turned away.

Due to COVID-19, the number of people utilizing this ministry has more than tripled. Between our Bread Ministry, the Vicky Hester Food Pantry and The Lounge we are serving an average of 250 people per week. Many of these individuals are homeless, between jobs, underemployed or unemployed, and seniors finding themselves choosing between purchasing food or needed medication.

Because of the generous grant of $5,000 given by Diversity Richmond, we have been able to restock the food pantry whenever necessary, purchase needed shelving and racks for food and clothing for the food pantry. We have also been able to provide staff support to assist people in researching and applying for social service programs: unemployment assistance, Medicaid, food stamps, housing assistance resources, COVID-19 stimulus checks, and state identification cards. We are proud that this ministry has found housing for 12 people who would otherwise be living on the streets of Richmond.

Diversity Richmond has helped us serve a population that is often overlooked, forgotten, oppressed and marginalized by society. We have learned that food insecurity, hunger, homelessness and vulnerability crosses all boundaries of race, gender, age and sexual identity robbing people of their basic human dignity.

We find it a joy to not only help those who come to the food pantry but to work towards rebuilding and recovering human respect, value and hope by building meaningful and lasting friendships that empower people to be the very best they can be and to proudly engage in their lives knowing they are loved and cared for. We are grateful to Diversity Richmond for their support and encouragement in growing and helping to sustain this vital ministry within the Greater Richmond community.

MCC appreciates any donations of non-perishable food items, hygiene items and financial donations. For more information, call (804) 353-9477.

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Richmond Bi+ Discussion Group

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Who We Are: We're a confidential support and discussion group, open especially to anyone who identifies as pansexual, omnisexual, polysexual, bicurious, attracted to more than one gender, or those who just don't like labels.

Vision: People need community. Connection with others and a place to belong are important for human well-being. Community provides engagement and support, but also helps us question and grow. Bi+ people deserve a space to meet others like them and to identify issues that make a difference in our lives. We want the chance to find meaning and identity in life and to be our best selves.

Website: www.mccrichmond.org/bi-discussion-group

Richmond loves Diversity Thrift!

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You can’t tell from this photo, but these Diversity Thrift staff members are smiling big-time. Once again, the store was chosen by Style Weekly readers as a favorite place to shop. There are many reasons for our successes, such as our generous community who keeps our store stocked, our customers who love us and especially our staff who provide outstanding customer service.

Pictured are Josh, David, Ava, Kris and Ivan.

Think about becoming a Foster Parent

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For several years Diversity Richmond has partnered with Jewish Family Services in connecting LGBTQ people who are interested in adopting or becoming a foster parent.

COVID-19 has impacted our lives for the last five months, and you might be wondering what you can do to help. If you have room in your heart and home, we ask you to consider becoming a foster parent. In 2019, more than 5,500 children in foster care in the state of Virginia needed a loving home until they can return to their own, and 1,700 children were waiting to find their forever family through adoption. The isolation and upheaval of COVID-19 has been a traumatic experience for these children, which creates an even greater need for loving families to embrace them.

JFS Connecting Hearts’ goal is to recruit prospective foster or adoptive parents, and both LGBT+ couples and individuals are welcome! If you are interested in beginning the journey to becoming a foster or adoptive parent, we will connect you to training through our partner agencies and you can find support in our education peer support group, the Family Alliance.

The Heart Gallery shares the stories and photos of children and youth in foster care awaiting adoption right now. We invite you to visit the Heart Gallery on our new website: www.jfsrichmond.org/connecting-hearts/#the-heart-gallery. Please contact the JFS Connecting Hearts Program Manager, Denise Wise-David, at to discuss how you can change the life of a child in foster care.

Drive-in Drag Shows is Back! August 23rd

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Drive-in Drag Shows - August 23rd 2020 

We're back ! Join us in the parking lot for the summer's hottest show! We have a new way of ordering tickets! Simply go to the square site in the link below, add you tickets and any other items to your cart, and check out securely. We will email you with a parking assignment. 

Consider adding a donation to help Diversity Richmond continue bringing you the great programming you know and love. 

 

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Two Good Guys

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Raul Cantu and Fernando Rodriguez Connecting Diversity with Hispanic Community

Both are creative, imaginative, energetic and dedicated as individuals, so combine the two and know that the project will be a winner, to say the least.

Last year, volunteer Fernando’s idea of a Hispanic music festival, “Viva RVA!” drew hundreds of people as we celebrated culture, food and music. The weather was perfect and the day could have not been better. Plans were set for September 2020. Then the pandemic hit.

A few weeks ago, Fernando made us aware of the enormous need for food in the local Hispanic communities. While all businesses have been impacted by the pandemic, the hospitality industry has been hard hit. Many Hispanic people work as housekeeping, food service and landscaping.
So, Fernando and our Events Coordinator, Raul Cantu, announced big plans of a food drive that would help 500 families by supplying a week’s supply of groceries. Once the plan was announced, the community responded. Diaz Foods sold us considerable inventory at cost along with a donation of goods. Feed More contributed 8,000 pounds of locally grown fresh vegetables. Several other companies made significant financial contributions as did community members.

On July 28th, volunteers and staff placed hundreds of bags of nourishment in the cars of people who needed food. “It was a very humbling experience” shared Board Chair, Cheezie Farmer. “Cars were lined down the street an hour before we began. I am very proud of Diversity Richmond. We helped lots of people.”

Another food drive is being scheduled for September.

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Diversity Richmond staff, board members, and volunteers unload and sort groceries to bag.

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Our bags of groceries and socially distanced outdoor distribution line.

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Pictured Above: Fernando Rodriguez, Haily Rose, Mimi Bishop, and Christine Wener

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