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Through our exclusive Health & Wellness partnership with Eisenhower Health, you get access to physicians on a variety of health topics. Check back monthly for new programs, held on most Wednesdays at The Center, 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Sexual Health & Wellness Lectures. For the detailed 2020 Eisenhower Lecture's schedule, please click HERE


Date Time Presenter Topic Description


Jul 22, 2020

5:30 to 6:30 pm Stephanie Farrell, MBA, RN, CCRC, CPHQ
Director, Research Administration
What are Clinical Trials, Why Do We Need Them, and How Do I Enroll? Clinical trials are important for discovering new treatments for diseases, as well as new ways to detect, diagnose, and reduce the chance of developing the disease. Unfortunately, patients often learn about clinical trials only when faced with the sudden prospect of a serious illness for which no marketed medication is available or adequate.  Join Stephanie Farrell, RN, Director, Research Administration to learn more about the clinical trial process and what you need to know before you enroll.  Join us on Zoom to learn more.


Aug 12, 2020

5:30 to 6:30 pm Sherry Ewing, Speech Language Pathologist Communication Challenges When Wearing Face Masks. While individuals in our community are doing their part to slow the spread of coronavirus by wearing face coverings, the masks we are wearing muffle our voices and can make communication frustrating. This is true for everyone right now, but especially so for people with hearing loss as well. We rely on visual cues like facial expressions and lip reading to help understand what people are saying. The difference between a serious statement and a joke is often the smile on our face or the tone of our voice. Please join Sherry Ewing, Speech Language Pathologist, to learn how to make your voice heard.


Aug 19, 2020

5:30 to 6:30 pm Marielena Cid, RD, CDE Understanding the Basics of Diabetes, Nutrition, and Common Myths. Unfortunately there are a lot of common myths about diabetes and nutrition that are simply not true. That is why it is important to get the facts, so you can make better decisions to manage your diabetes. Knowing how to create a strong foundation of education will help you to manage your diabetes in everyday situations. Join us on Zoom to learn more.


Aug 26, 2020

5:30 to 6:30 pm K. Douglas Thrasher, DO, FAAFP Core Faculty, Family Medicine Residency Program The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Opiates, Pain and Addiction. Join K.D. Thrasher, DO, for discussion regarding the use and abuse of drugs used to treat pain. Learn what opiates have been shown to treat, how should doctors be recommending their use and what to do when they become a problem. Join us on Zoom to learn more.

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The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert is a not-for-profit California corporation.

The Center is committed to organizational transparency and provides the following electronic financial statements for convenience and informational purposes only. 

Audited Financial Reports

Form 990

Virtually Tour The Center


The Center is thrilled to provide to you this Virtual Tour of our home, which is located in the McDonald/Wright Building, 1301 N. Palm Canyon Drive, suite 301 in the City of Palm Springs. Thanks to a very generous donation from Marco Carocari, you will be able to tour The Center’s Main Reception, The David Bohnett CyberCenter, our Program Hospitality Area, Community Rooms One, Two and Three, as well as the Behavioral Health Clinic @ The Center. So, take a look around, get a feel for this very special place and come by and see us to experience The Center in-person. There is vibrant community waiting here for you.


On this Virtual tour, you will be able to visit the following spaces:

Main Reception: Made possible by a generous gift from David Hood & George Sellers, The Center’s Main Reception provides a warm and architecturally interesting welcome for our visitors. Featured in the Main Reception are two 48” displays which highlight The Center’s Calendar of Events, Upcoming Programs and Business Partners, a 55” display acknowledging Capital Campaign donors and a unique “Center” design in the ceiling. Wireless Internet access is available throughout The Center.

The David Bohnett CyberCenter: Made possible and fully-funded by David Bohnett Foundation the CyberCenter offers free computer and Internet access to anyone in the community who needs such access. The David Bohnett Cyber Center is open during The Center’s regular business hours. PCs run Windows 10 and are loaded with Microsoft Office products.


Room One: Made possible by a generous gift from Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation. This community space has capacity for up to 36 guests, features a 48” Smart TV for presentations and is HDMI, VGA, Chromecast and AppleTV Compatible. Room One has wireless Internet access.

Program Hospitality: Made possible by a generous gift from Robert Walker & Ernest Phinney, the Hospitality area offers a Community Board to promote events, housing and employment opportunities as well as other activities in the Coachella Valley. Coffee, water and soft drinks are available.

Room Two: Made possible by a generous gift from Geoff Kors & James Williamson in memory of Murray Kors. This community space has capacity for up to 45 guests, features a 48” Smart TV for presentations and is HDMI, VGA, Chromecast and AppleTV Compatible. Room Two has wireless Internet access.

Room Three: Made possible by a generous gift from Casey C. Colley & Jose Carlos Mendez Fernandez This community space has capacity for up to 45 guests, features a 48” Smart TV for presentations and is HDMI, VGA, Chromecast and AppleTV Compatible. Room Three has wireless Internet access.

Behavioral Health: Made possible by a generous gift from Kevin Blessing    in memory of Scott Hines, this is a low cost outpatient community clinic that serves low-income LGBTQ adults suffering from depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation and dysfunctional behaviors (drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, sexual acting-out), and/or interpersonal problems. The Clinic reception has wireless Internet access.


To learn more about room capacity and rental fees, you can visit: https://www.thecenterps.org/index.php/about/room-rental-information

More about Marco and the technology used to create this Virtual Tour:

The Matterport camera creates a complete 3D digital representation of a real-world interior space, providing the ability to explore it as if being there in person. Because it can be viewed on nearly any device, interacting with this data is very easy.

The camera’s various lenses record multiple HDR images, which are then stitched together into a final, virtual model, and can be toured on any computer or mobile device as a Floor plan, Dollhouse, or as a 3D Tour from a preassigned starting location.

Marco Carocari has been a full time photographer for over twenty years, and recently relocated to the desert from Zurich, Switzerland. Specializing in Architecture, Real Estate, Portrait and Beauty photography, his work has appeared internationally in coffee table books, advertisements, professional journals, and catalogs. View his full portfolio at www.marcocarocari.com


Room Rentals are not available at this time

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert - Community Room Usage Fees

The Center is committed to providing numerous programs and services in a safe and supportive environment for the LGBTQ community of the Coachella Valley.  Additionally, The Center makes space available to use for one-time and recurring community events including support, socializing, activism, organizing, seminars, private functions, networking and rehearsing.

Important: The Center’s facilities staff are responsible for processing and executing requests to use available space and equipment.


General Occupancy Capacity:

  • Room 1 – 36 people
  • Room 2 – 45 people
  • Room 3 – 45 people
  • Room 4 -  50 people  (Room 201 - Level 2)

Room Rentals include:

  • Free coffee and water
  • Free Parking outside of assigned covered spaces only
  • Smart screen in each room with HDMI
  • Tables and chairs


  • $50 up to 2 hour rental
  • $100 per half day (up to 4 hours)
  • $200 for full day (up to 8 hours)
  • Plus $25 processing/set-up fee

A 50% discount is given to valid non-profit organizations (proof of status will be required). NoteSpecial arrangements can be made for weekend or after-hours rentals at the discretion of The Center.

For room rental agreement, policy & procedures and request form, please click HERE or Download Attachments below  . For additonal informaton, please contact Candice Nichols via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



CURRENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES @ The LGBT Community Center of the Desert

Position Title:             Volunteer & Outreach Manager

Reports to:                  Director of Programs

Term:                           Ongoing

Compensation:           Salary, Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance, 401k matching


Why This Position is Important to Us:

Volunteers are valuable members of The Center’s Team and allow us to more efficiently accomplish our mission, which is why The Center places such high importance on this newly created position. Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Volunteer & Outreach Manager is responsible for the recruitment, training, placement, recognition, and retention of our volunteers. In addition, it’s imperative The Center maintain a strong and visible presence at community events across the Coachella Valley. Utilizing our volunteer base, the Volunteer & Outreach Manager will ensure The Center is well-represented at these various events and activities.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Work collaboratively with staff to assess organizational needs that could be filled by volunteers.
  • Develop, promote, and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities.
  • Ensure volunteers are in place and appropriately trained, supervised, and appreciated.
  • Develop a Volunteer Manual to establish program policies, procedures, and volunteer

standards, volunteer job descriptions, orientation and training materials.

  • Oversee the volunteer program budget.
  • Develop a recruitment strategy to attract qualified candidates and recruit, interview, train, and place applicants for volunteer work.
  • Coordinate all logistics for volunteer events, including:
    • establishing sites and dates for project work,
    • coordinating with partner organizations,
    • interfacing with supporters and other community groups to recruit volunteers,
    • handling phone, written, website, and email inquiries,
    • securing materials, tools, equipment, refreshments, signage, and forms,
    • writing and sending pre‐event confirmations and reminders, and post‐event thanks to volunteers
    • working with volunteers, staff, and partners to manage/assist groups before they arrive and upon arrival to provide the best experience and minimize confusion and problems, ensuring internal communications and responsibilities of volunteers are clear, and
    • tracking and recording volunteer data for seamless entry to database
    • Act as a single point of contact for volunteer communications.
    • Confer with volunteers to resolve grievances and promote cooperation and interest.
    • Provide ongoing assistance, support, and guidance for volunteers.
    • Troubleshoot problems and transition-out volunteers when necessary.
    • Organize and participate in volunteer recognition programs and special events.
    • Develop systems to maintain accurate records and provide timely assessments of program success, including assessing volunteer feedback received through comment forms.
    • Recommend and implement changes as appropriate.
    • Write letters, standard operating practices, instructions, and monthly volunteer features for various communications such as general and donor newsletters.
    • Track volunteer management best practices and recommend updates to the program, policies, and standards in alignment with The Center’s organizational culture.
    • Coordinate and produce The Center’s annual Info-A-Go-Go, which promotes volunteerism and engagement with LGBTQ organizations across the Coachella Valley.
    • Work closely with the Director of Programs to more fully develop The Center’s Buddy-to-Buddy program.
    • Partner with team members across the organization to develop a comprehensive community outreach plan to ensure The Center has a strong and meaningful presence across the Coachella Valley.
    • Implement and execute annual outreach plans including volunteer engagement.
    • Supervise volunteer outreach teams.
    • Assist with special events as needed.
    • Conduct site tours as needed or requested.
    • Remain current in general office technology.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Programs.

     What We’re Looking for:

    • Commitment to and enthusiasm about The Center’s mission and programs.
    • Minimum 5 years volunteer leadership experience within a nonprofit organization
    • Values and embraces a relationship-driven work environment and culture.
    • Team-builder who understands the subtleties of motivating, coordinating and directing diverse groups of personalities.
    • Proven track record of successfully engaging volunteers and recognizing their contributions to an organization’s mission and achievements.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
    • Excellent interpersonal, coaching, customer service, and organizational skills.
    • Strong presentation, written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to handle responsibilities independently, with a minimum of supervision
    • Proven inclination to independently identify problems and implement successful solutions
    • Ability to make decisions independently as well as to execute assignments of administrative detail as delegated
    • Experience managing budgets and leveraging resources
    • Knowledge of Coachella Valley nonprofits and philanthropy.
    • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance are required
    • Microsoft Excel and Word skills
    • Available evenings and weekends.

    Interested in applying?

    Email your resume, contact information, and three professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In addition, please include an employment proposal outlining how you would use your experience, passion, and genius to build upon a vibrant, mission-focused volunteer program.

    Submissions must be received by Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to receive consideration.

Mary Sue Allen, Co-Chair   …
Ted Briggs, Co-Chair      …
Tom Becktold, Treasurer     …
Jim Scheibel, Secretary     …
Brian Rix       …
Joseph Burgo Ph.D     …
Renae Carpenter       …
Larry Colton       …
Susan Dost        …
Albert Gonzalez       …
Chris Ann Kallgren     …
Sue Knollenberg       …
Mary Ann McLaughlin     …
Michele McKee        …
Lisa Middleton        …
Charles Robbins       …
Ronni Sanlo, Ed.D     …
James Williamson        …

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  • The LGBT Community Center of The Desert

    The McDonald/Wright Building

    1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor
    Palm Springs, CA 92262

    760.416.7790 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

    The Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity
    EIN # 33-0937301

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