July 13, 2018

Happy Friday the 13th! We at Transcend aren’t very superstitious, but are super excited to give a shout out to all our super supporters!

We are over HALFWAY to our goal on our YouCaring fundraiser! Wow! Thank you to everyone who has donated – every dollar helps more than you could imagine. So far we have used the money to buy binders for trans men, books for our Lending Library, items needed for the Clothing Closet, food and drinks for meetings and events, and much more.

The fantastic folks over at CUNA Mutual Group (Waverly) chose Transcend as their recipient of donations for the month of June, to honor and celebrate Pride Month. They ran a clothing drive and were able to deliver us bags and bags of clothes, accessories, and toiletries! We can’t begin to express how grateful we are that they not only celebrated Pride Month within their company, but donated back to the LGBTQ community as well! Way to go, CUNA!

Transcend would not be where it is without its volunteers, and we have two more amazing volunteer employees to add to our growing list – Morgan Dodge, who will be facilitating our Waterloo meetings, and Hayes Lind, who will be our Clothing Closet Coordinator. We are so happy to have these two on board – with their knowledge, experience, and creativity, we know they will contribute greatly to the steady expansion of the organization.

With more Prides and more events coming up, we’re sure we’ll have plenty of news to share in the upcoming months. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and sign up for our email newsletter to stay up-to-date with our latest happenings!

April 18, 2018

First and foremost, Transcend would like to welcome Katelyn Kaiser to her new position with us – Outreach Coordinator! Katelyn has been a staunch supporter of Transcend nearly since the beginning, and we are thrilled to have her on board officially. She will be leading the way in making connections with other organizations and individuals so that we can identify new opportunities and areas to cover.

We would also like to welcome Booker Murray on as Media Coordinator! As one of the founders of Transcend, he has been with us since the beginning, but we are excited to see him step into an official role. He will be connecting with media to share information and ensure that our events are publicized.

In addition to new staff, we have also implemented a new meeting schedule! Charles City meetings will now be held every six weeks, with Mason City and Waterloo remaining at every three weeks. With our free weekend, we have begun a program called Mobile Meetings. Instead of holding meetings in one regular location, we will travel to different areas each free weekend. If you’re interested in having a meeting in your area, contact us!

Last, but not least, we are pleased to share that Transcend Executive Director Jessamy Orcutt and Transcend Board President Allen Murray received KIMT’s Giving Your Best Volunteer of the Month award for April! They were nominated by Eliott Bowers, and honored with a plaque and television spot. Check out the interview here!

With warm weather on the way, we are busy planning our annual potluck and more outdoor activities. Stay tuned for more updates!