Why Common Ground?
To assess the need for an LGBTQ community center in Athens, a survey was created and distributed. The survey asked respondents about their demographics; whether they would utilize an LGBTQ community center and if so, which services; and whether they would be willing to volunteer, or donate money to the center. The survey was then distributed through e-mail to the Athens Pride listserv, and the GLOBES listserv (an LGBTQ faculty and staff organization at the University of Georgia). The survey was completed by 141 individuals.
Of the respondents, 86% said they would utilize a community Center in Athens. In addition, 79% said they would be willing to volunteer at the Center, and 50% said they would be willing to donate monetarily. Participants were also asked which services they would utilize. The most popular responses were:
Social Events 86%
Arts & Culture Events 76%
Coffee Shop 71%
LGBTQ Friendly Referrals 54%
Mental Health Workshops 52%
Support Groups 51%
Healthy Relationship Workshops 44%
The results demonstrate strong community support for an LGBTQ community center in Athens. The majority of respondents said they would utilize multiple services at a center, and most said they would be willing to donate time, talent, and monetary resources to support a center.