Gay Central Valley is launching a fundraising effort during the month of August. We will be working within the community, online and at local businesses to sign up new members for the ACLU. If we achieve our goal for the ACLU, they will in turn provide a grant for Gay Central Valley, an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) fights for your rights every day, in a never ending variety of ways, including LGBT Rights, HIV/AIDS , Free Speech, Reproductive Freedom, Women's Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights, Immigrant's Rights, National Security, Prisoner's Rights and the Freedoms of Religion & Belief.

An individual, annual membership to the ACLU is $20. For only $20 you can be proud to lend your support to this vital organization and as a result, financially support your local LGBT Community Center and the efforts of Gay Central Valley . If we are able to meet the requirement of 100 new ACLU members by September 1st, the ACLU will make a substantial financial grant to Gay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center.

There are several ways for you to participate…

Gay Visalia will be hosting a DINE ON US event on Tuesday, August 9th, 6pm - 9pm, at Amigo's Restaurant & Cantina in Visalia. Come to the event, fill out the ACLU paperwork, pay your membership, and Gay Visalia will buy you dinner. “Stop by for dinner, appetizers or drinks. We will be giving away a door prize and everyone who attends is eligible for the drawing.”

Gay Fresno will be hosting two events, one on August 16th at and one on August 23rd at Irene's Cafe at 747 E Olive Avenue in the Tower District, from 6pm-9pm. A representative of Gay Central Valley will be seated just outside the front door of Irene’s where you can complete the ACLU form with each $20 individual payment and then go inside Irene’s and enjoy your complimentary meal courtesy of Gay Fresno!

If you cannot attend these events and would still like to participate you can pick up and complete the ACLU forms at the Fresno LGBT Community Center located at 1055 N Van Ness Avenue Suite C, Fresno, CA 93728 559-325-4429. The Center is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from Noon – 5PM.

You can also pick up a form and sign up at the North Tower Circle, located at 2777 N Maroa Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704. See the manager, James, behind the bar, on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday, anytime after 7PM and a form will be provided to you to sign up for membership with the ACLU.

Or you may Sign Up ONLINE with the ACLU. Simply process the form, choose a minimum of a $20 annual, individual membership, indicate on the form that your group is GAY CENTRAL VALLEY, and the ACLU will credit us with the membership.

This is an exciting opportunity to support both the ACLU and Gay Central Valley, as well as the Fresno LGBT Community Center. Thank you for your help.