It is the Mission of the Rainbow Community Center (RCC) is to build community among LGBTIQ persons and their allies through social opportunities, health and wellness services, and awareness programs.  RCC relies on the development of partnerships and collaborations with many community organizations to assist with our mission.  We welcome interested organizations to meet with RCC to discuss how your agency can also become involved in work to support LGBTQ people living in Contra Costa County.

Key Partnerships Include

STAND! For Families Free of Violence

STAND! For Families Free of Violence is a catalyst for breaking the multi-generational cycle of violence, promoting safe and strong relationships, and rebuilding lives.” STAND! is committed to promoting safe and strong families. Their approach to eliminating family violence is well-rounded and community-wide. In addition to providing a complete spectrum of prevention, intervention, and treatment programs, they also enlist the efforts of local residents, partners, and institutions, all of whom are striving together to stop domestic violence and child abuse.

STAND! is a founding member of the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative, a cross-sector organization working to help solve domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. STAND! also delivers children’s therapy, childcare, and children’s educational programs to abused children and those affected by domestic violence. STAND! also trains legal and law enforcement personnel, human services professionals, educators and health care providers.

Contra Costa LGBTQ Youth Advocacy Collaborative

Each year in Contra Costa County, it is estimated that an average of 5 adolescents die by suicide. Untold others attempt to take their own lives, motivated by hopelessness, depression and a belief that they have no other options.  Media coverage has highlighted the high risk of suicide and victimization that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience. Moved by the high levels of risk and by groundbreaking research on the impact of family acceptance and rejection on the health of LGBT youth conducted by the Family Acceptance Project at SF State University, the Rainbow Community Center and the Contra Costa County Division of Mental Health launched the Contra Costa LGBTQ Youth Advocacy Collaborative to increase support and decrease risk for LGBTQ youth.

The Collaborative is a joint community effort to reach and engage  families, peers, schools, faith groups and other community members to raise awareness of the harmful effects of  rejection on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning  youth. Our primary goal is to improve the health of LGBTQ youth by reducing  rejecting behaviors and increasing  accepting behaviors in Contra Costa social and service networks.

Collaborative Partners Include

Center for Human Development
Gender Spectrum
James Morehouse Project
The RYSE Center
Fred Finch Youth Center
Pittsburg High School
Hercules High School
Mt. Diablo Unified School District

For more information on the Contra Costa LGBTQ Youth Advocacy Collaborative, please visit: http://rainbowcc.org/program/lgbtq-youth-collaborative/

Diablo Area Kaiser Community Benefit

RCC’s nutrition-related programs for Seniors and People Living with HIV is supported by Diablo Area Kaiser Community Benefit.  Kaiser Permanente supports a range of activities that enrich the health of our communities. Through local grants program, Diablo Area Kaiser Community Benefit supports, strengthens, and enhances programs and organizations that address the health needs of our community’s most vulnerable residents. The Diablo Area supports nonprofit and public health and human service organizations that support underserved communities in Central and East Contra Costa County, as well as the Tri-Valley area of Alameda County.

Contra Costa County Tobacco Prevention Coalition

The Tobacco Prevention Coalition (TPC) is a group of Contra Costa organizations and residents working to reduce the impact of tobacco on communities and residents. It was established in 1989 as part of Proposition 99.

What does the Coalition do?

Works to reduce youth access to tobacco;
Looks for ways to reduce pro-tobacco advertising;
Encourages policymakers to pass laws protecting residents from the effects of tobacco; and
Follows the cutting-edge research on tobacco prevention to help design effective programs.


Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Bay Area Community Resources
Center for Human Development
Community Health Education Institute
Community Clinic Consortium of Contra Costa County
Contra Costa Child Care Council
Contra Costa County Office of Education in Partnership with Public School District Tobacco Coordinators
Contra Costa Health Services: Contra Costa Health Plan Public Health Division
ETA – Empowerment Through Action
Internation Brotherhood of Electircal Workers Local 302
New Connections
Pittsburg Preschool Coordinating Council
Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo
Rainbow Community Center
Ujima Family Recovery Services
West County Asthma Coalition
Participating Residents of The County

HIV/AIDS Consortium

The Contra Costa HIV/AIDS Consortium advocates and provides support for people impacted by HIV/AIDS, plans prevention and care services, develops recommendations and advises governments and community leaders.

The Consortium is responsible for developing recommendations about programs and services, areas of greatest need and the best methods to meet those needs for Contra Costa residents.

The Consortium is a network of people dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. Members reflect the diversity of Contra Costa and include representatives from agencies that provide HIV/AIDS prevention and care services, people living with HIV/AIDS, concerned community members and staff from Contra Costa Health Services.

The Consortium meets monthly and all meetings are open to the public. For more information about upcoming meetings, contact Consortium staff at 925-313-6941.


Podio is an online tool that helps organize and make sure everyday work gets done. Podio offers the Rainbow Community Center a private employee network for company-wide communication and task management across departments, using a variety of Podio Apps. Podio has really improve our internal communication and accountability, and we are grateful for their sponsorship.  Podio might be able to help out your organization too!  To learn more about what Podio has to offer nonprofits, please check out:  https://company.podio.com/ln/podio-sponsorship

Contra Costa Behavioral Health

Much of the Rainbow Community Center’s community services are funded by the Mental Health Services Act in partnership with Contra Costa Behavioral Health Services. Proposition 63, also known as the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA, increases funding and other resources to support county mental health programs addressing prevention and early intervention service needs.

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ECHO Tenant/Landlord and Fair Housing Programs provide information to tenants and landlords on their housing rights and responsibilities. ECHO has trained mediators to assist in resolving housing disputes through conciliation and mediation. ECHO’s Fair Housing Program provides counseling, investigation, enforcement, and mediation in response to reports of housing discrimination complaints.

211 Information & Referral

211 is a toll-free, three-digit phone number to call 24 hours per day for information about local health and social services. It enables people to find out about valuable and up to date resources in their community quickly and easily.

Call specialists use the database to refer callers to services, while county case workers, nonprofit staff, school counselors, clergy, law enforcement personnel, private therapists, and others access the information free of charge for their own clients.

National Runaway Safeline

In an effort to strengthen services to runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and to ensure appropriate, safe services to the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) callers, NRS works cooperatively with the Rainbow Community Center to refer local clients in need. The mission of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

For nearly forty-five years, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has been committed to youth and their families in crisis. Since 1974, NRS has served as the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth, and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our front line team of staff and volunteers provide crisis intervention services through hotline and online services (online chat, email, forum). NRS also maintains a comprehensive resource database of over 9,400 service providers to assist crisis callers. Our web site,www.1800RUNAWAY.org, serves as a comprehensive resource with runaway prevention information, educational materials, research statistics, NRS’ runaway prevention curriculum, a youth-centric section, a forum and access to live chat during peak hours.

Sponsor the RCC

Business Sponsorship is essential to our mission and we couldn’t do it without the generous support of businesses below.

We are in partnership with these businesses and this partnership is mutually beneficial, as we provide our business friends exposure to the LGBT community and demonstrate to all their unwavering commitment to diversity.

We ask our members and supporters to patronize these businesses and thank them for their support of RCC and Contra Costa’s LGBTQ community.

If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor, please contact Executive Director Ben Barr at 925.692.0090 ext 301 or Operations Manager Ryan Beaver at 925.692.0090 ext 314

RCC Funding

Our Programs are supported by funds from federal, state, and county initiatives; private foundations; and individual donors, including:

Funded by the Mental Health Services Act in partnership with Contra Costa Behavioral Health Services, Contra Costa County  Mental HealthContra Costa County Health Department AIDS Program, Contra Costa County Dept. of Conservation and Development Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Kaiser Permanente FoundationHorizons Foundation under a grant from The California Wellness Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Northern California Rainbow DiversAIDS Walk  San FranciscoCenter Link (under a grant from The Johnson Family Foundation), Concord/Pleasant Hill Health DistrictMt. Diablo Unified School District, and the generous support of our community members.