Members and Friends of PFLAG Blue Ridge took part in the United Way’s Day of Caring on Wednesday, September 18.
Here, they are seen busily stuffing envelopes at the Albemarle County Department of Social Services. The Department of Social Services offers a variety of Family Support Programs, and PFLAG Blue Ridge was glad to assist.
The Day of Caring “promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism, increases the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrates what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish.”*
PFLAG is the original ally organization, and PFLAG Blue Ridge encourages parents, families, friends, and allies to show support of LGBTQ loved ones this Saturday by attending the Charlottesville Pride Festival.
The Pride Fest will be held in Lee Park from 11am-7pm, and will feature activities and vendors for the entire family.
We’d love to have you stop by our booth to learn more about our work in education, support, and advocacy. If you are the parent or caregiver of a gender non-conforming youth, we’d love to talk with you about our monthly support group designated for families of transgender individuals.
We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones this Saturday as we show our pride and support!
In an effort to best respond to the needs of our community and the members we serve, PFLAG Blue Ridge is making the following change to our Charlottesville group meetings, which meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at ASG:
Our Charlottesville meetings will now be designated for parents/families of transgender youth.
The majority of our regular participants over the last year and a half have been parents and caregivers of trans* and gender nonconforming children and teenagers, and a large majority of our contacts seeking support are related to gender identity questions.
We feel that this change in our meeting format will offer means of providing a regular “safe space” for those families who are looking for in-person support, and allow us to better focus our group’s mission.
Our Harrisonburg group remains open to LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.
As always, individuals looking for peer support or who have other needs beyond the scope of our Charlottesville group meetings are welcome to contact us, and one or more of our volunteers will be happy to meet with you in person, or talk by phone or email.