About Discovery

The Discovery Community, Inc.
2261 Market Street
PMB 282A
San Francisco, CA 94114

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Discovery Community, Inc. is an all volunteer organization whose mission is to provide gay and bisexual men ongoing opportunities for social connection, personal growth, and community development. DCI was founded in 1987 and is incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

beautiful placesThe organization is committed to being inclusive, and thus strives to keep events affordable to men from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

group sessionsDiscovery Community organizes weekend retreats, along with monthly social and recreational events. The weekend retreats are facilitated by experienced volunteers from the Discovery Community, and they are generally held during holiday weekends like Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or President’s Day. We utilize different sites throughout the year that include locations in Sonoma County, Clear Lake, and Napa County. All of the sites are suitable for a wide-range of activities, and promote relaxation in a scenic environment.

Volunteer with Discovery
Discovery has a lot of ways you can volunteer. We have one time events, (like the Castro St. Fair), as well as committees that meet to plan social events, retreats, fundraising, etc. We are a 100% volunteer organization, so any time you can give is greatly appreciated. Plus, when you volunteer, you are lending a hand in creating the community you want. Here are some great ways you can help out with Discovery:

Volunteer Crew–The Volunteer Crew is the spot for you if you want to volunteer your time for one event or task every now and then. If something is coming up and we need help, we’ll give you a call and see if you are available.

Newsletter and Web Site — The web site is run under wordpress.com, a blog engine, so it’s easier to manage than most.  The newsletter sent via e-mail is with verticalresponse.com, and its contents usually reflects what’s on the web site.  No technical knowledge required, except of course for the management of domains and e-mails, which you leave to the geek-in-residence.

Social Committee–This group meets once per quarter to plan out the social events. They also coordinate and manage these events.

Fundraising Committee–Are you good at raising money? This group works on events and campaigns to help Discovery raise funds to keep us operating and being able to provide retreats and events.

Retreat Committee–This is the team of guys that gets together to plan and execute a retreat weekend. Have you always wanted to see certain workshops? Well, when you are on a retreat committee, you will get the chance to do that. This group comes together for a specific retreat and then a new retreat committee does the next one.

To volunteer or if you have questions, click the button below to send us an email or copy/paste our email address: volunteer@discovery-community.org

Let’s be more specific here for small, mostly one-time jobs to do:

Update our Logo:
– in a small way: can you regenerate the graphics so they can be produced on images that range from small online banners (e.g. 100 pixel high) to printable material.
– in a big way: are you a graphic artist looking to suggest a new look? We’d love to update ourselves to a more modern look!

Board membership:
– do you have experience on small non-profit boards? Or as a manager in a corporation? Ours is a very small one, and being a board member also means you can apply your own expertise. We want guys who can listen to the community and help everyone strengthen it while having… fun!

Volunteering as a Social Event:
– contact our social committee leader to organize a volunteering event with other Discovery members! It could be fun!

Anything Else You Can Do?
A community works if its members come up with ideas that help everyone, and implement them. We (Discovery’s Board) are here to help you!

The Board (as of January 2017)

Mikel Jaye, President
Geoff Lewis, Vice President and Secretary
Andrew Berger, Treasurer
Greg Geen, Director
Donny Lobree, Director
Jon Simunovich, Director

 

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