Welcome to the Uncommonly Fabulous Fund, a fund made possible through a collaboration between Uncommon Coffee Roasters* and the OutCenter of Southwest Michigan!
This fund was established in 2019 to address unmet needs of area LGBTQ+ youth and adults either through direct funding (ie: cost for legal name change, transportation to a program or appointment, etc.) or through an educational workshop or demonstration (ie: correct and incorrect binding, how to get your name and gender marker changed, etc.).
These funds, collected as monthly donations through the OutCenter’s website donation platform, are made available through the below online application.
Please note the following:
- You must be a resident of Berrien, Van Buren or Cass Counties in Michigan.
- Our response to your application may take at least 48 hours for us to get back with you. If you are in an emergency situation, please call 911 immediately and reconnect with us after the emergency situation has been addressed.
I certify, to the best of my knowledge, that:
- The information in this form is correct.
- I am a resident of Berrien, Cass or Van Buren County.
- I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community**
NOTE: Our response to your application may take at least 48 hours for us to get back with you. If you are in an emergency situation, please call 911 immediately and reconnect with us after the emergency situation has been addressed.
By clicking on “Submit,” you are agreeing that you have read and understand the above and consent to submitting your application electronically. We will not to be able to process your application if you decline to accept the terms and conditions in this section.
*Uncommon Coffee Roasters(UCR) is a small batch specialty coffee roaster in West Michigan. Owned and operated by Guy Darienzo and Stephen Keye, UCR opened as a café by the name of Uncommon Grounds in Saugatuck in 1994. In 2000, UCR began roasting their own coffee. Due to popular demand, in 2010, UCR opened a wholesale business in the neighboring city of Douglas.
As an NGLCC Certified LGBT Business Enterprise, UCR now provides services to more than 200 small businesses and large corporations throughout the Midwest. The company enjoys working closely with coffee producers to better understand their products, sourcing green coffee globally and traveling to the origin whenever possible. UCR takes pride in their diverse partnerships and strives to work with companies who share similar values. Their goal is to provide a variety of delicious and unique coffees and coffee products to as many people as they can while creating and maintaining sustainable partnerships with customers, coffee producers and everyone in between.
**If you are not a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and are in need of support beyond the scope of this fund, please call 211 for additional area resources. You may also contact the OutCenter directly and we will try to provide you with a referral that is more appropriate to your needs.