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The WISE Project: LGBTQ Friendly Caller Program

Equality North Carolina is partnering with Sage Central North Carolina and the LGBT Center of Raleigh for an intergenerational LGBTQ-friendly phone call program in the age of physical distancing.

Rural Youth Empowerment Fellow Gray Rodgers is organizing this project as part of their year-long Fellowship with ENC, called The Wise Project.

The WISE Project stands for Welcoming Intergenerational Social Enrichment in the LGBTQ community. The Friendly Phone Call program will foster multigenerational connections in the LGBTQ community in this time of physical distancing. The program matches older and younger members of the LGBTQ community for weekly phone calls to give and receive mutual social support, to share meaningful dialogues, to learn about intergenerational LGBTQ experiences and to promote lasting intergenerational friendships.

The time commitment is low: thirty minutes per week for six weeks beginning in early May. The benefits of this experience could be great for all involved parties-- we are all isolated from our queer community spaces during this time.

The deadline to sign up is May 4th for both older adults and younger volunteers. If you are LGBTQ or an ally under the age of 55 living in North Carolina, we welcome you to sign up for this opportunity to connect and build an intergenerational LGBTQ community. Thank you for your support.

For more updates and upcoming opportunities to support intergenerational LGBTQ digital spaces, please like The WISE project on Facebook.

Information submitted on the below forms will not be shared or distributed except for name/phone number with volunteer callers. Demographic information is optional to provide but encouraged to provide the best match.

Older adults over the age of 50 may sign up to be matched with a caller at the link here.

Young adults and adults under the age of 50 may sign up to call LGBTQ older adults at the link here.

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