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Local Resources

Our staff have collected a pool of resources in the greater Olympia area and assembled them in one quick and easy location.

Olympia has many different nonprofits and other organizations working towards community nurturing and improvement. However, it can often be difficult to figure out where to go when you have a specific need. Digging through pages and pages of writing while you're in a crisis is especially difficult, and adds barriers which exclude many people from getting help.

We hope that by doing this legwork, and by offering clear and concise answers to accessibility questions, we can ensure that more community members are able to access these resources. If you know of a resource that we missed, or notice some of our information is out of date, please email us at theparqc@gmail.com-- we are always expanding and updating out resource list.

We cannot guarantee that all of these organizations and their staff are LGBT+ competent. We understand that there are often not LGBT+ friendly environments available for needed resources, and that every LGBT+ person has to make their own decision after weighing safety risks against survival needs. It is our goal to provide as much information as possible to facilitate community members making their own informed decisions.
For the purpose of this guide, supplies refers to physical goods and resources, such as non-perishable food, prepared meals, clothing, etc. Here is a list of local organizations which provide a variety of items you might need.
  • Thurston County Food Bank
    Grocery store setup, get high quality non-prepared food. Must provide ID. 
  • The Other Bank (YWCA)
    Provides household goods, such as toilet paper, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc. Must provide some proof of identity, but very flexible. Open Wednesdays with pick-up options for disabled community members.
  • Partners in Prevention Education
    Provides shower tokens. 
  • Center for Community Based Learning and Action
    Partnered with the Thurston County Food Bank. Provides food on the Evergreen State Campus. 
  • Rosie's Place (Community Youth Services)
    Transitional housing for youth. Provides prepared meals three times per day. 
  • Providence Community Care Center
    Provides mental health services, health care, and hygiene products.
  • Stonewall Youth
    Provides snacks and non-perishable food items during drop-in hours. Serves young LGBT+ people ages 22 and below. 
  • Gabi's Olympic Cards and Comics
    Runs a school supply drive to provide backpacks, books, paper, pencils, and other supplies to low-income families. 
A list of organizations which directly provide both short and long-term housing to community members in need.
  • Sidewalk
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  • EGYHOP
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  • SafePlace Olympia
    Emergency overnight shelter for domestic and sexual abuse survivors. 
  • Rosie's Place (Community Youth Services)
    Transitional housing for youth. Provides prepared meals three times per day.
  • InterFaith Works Emergency Shelter
    Transitional housing for youth. Provides prepared meals three times per day.
  • Salvation Army
    Transitional housing for youth. Provides prepared meals three times per day.
  • St. Mike's
    Transitional housing for youth. Provides prepared meals three times per day.
  • Olympia Union Gospel Mission
    Transitional housing for youth. Provides prepared meals three times per day.
  • Housing Authority of Thurston County
    Transitional housing for youth. Provides prepared meals three times per day.
A list of organizations which provide physical and mental health care to community members in need. 
  • Olympia Free Clinic
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  • Pierce County AIDS Foundation
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  • MPowerment
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  • Thurston County Syringe Exchange
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  • Providence Community Care Center
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  • Rainbow Health Center
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  • Planned Parenthood of Olympia
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A list of local organizations which provide services, such as referrals and advocacy, to community members in need.
  • Partners in Prevention Education
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  • Showing Up for Racial Justice
    Provides emergency safety rides for marginalized people. 
  • Area Agency on Aging
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  • Garden Raised Bounty
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  • Community Action Council
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  • OlyAct
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  • Olympia Unity in the Community
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  • Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights
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  • Media Island International
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  • Black Cottonwood Collective
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  • Olympia CopWatch
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A list of organizations which provide education and training to community members in need.
  • Thurston County Washington SAFE Alliance Chapter
    Provides transgender competency training to businesses and organizations. Hosts educational workshops on anti-trans legislation. 
  • Transform Washington
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  • Danger Dot Publishing
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Washington Resources

Resources that are outside the greater Olympia area, but serve individuals in other parts of Washington State.

Services and Advocacy

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  • Tacoma Rainbow Center
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  • Gender Justice League
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  • Ingersoll Gender Center
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  • Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center
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  • Oasis Youth Center
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  • Gender Odyssey
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  • GLSEN Washington State
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  • Washington United For Marriage
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  • Seattle PrideFest
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  • Trans Pride Seattle
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Education and Training

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  • Washington SAFE ALliance
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  • Transform Washington
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Non-Local Resources

These are resources that are not local to the Olympia area, but which provide valuable goods and services to the LGBT+ community.

Supplies

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  • Marketing
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  • Photography
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Housing

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  • Transgender Housing Network
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  • Photography
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  • Web Design
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Medical

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  • Trans Lifeline
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  • The Trevor Project
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  • Crisis Text Line
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  • Planned Parenthood
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Services and Advocacy

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  • Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
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  • Black & Pink
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  • Sex Worker Outreach Project
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  • Lambda Legal
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  • Lavendar Law Project
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  • Black Lives Matter
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  • interACT
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  • Out In Front
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  • Legal Voice
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Education and Training

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  • Rainbow Radio FM
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  • Everyday Feminism
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  • For Harriet
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  • Thoughts of an Angry Hijabi
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  • Chronic Babe
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