June Business of the Month—Lower Columbia Q Center

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“We specifically wanted to work with a local bank and keep our financial assets here in the community,” said Tessa James Scheller, chair of the Lower Columbia Q Center. “Clatsop Community Bank has been very gracious and welcoming to us, and we have multiple accounts there.”

The Lower Columbia Q Center is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization housed in the Astoria Armory. It serves as a safe, welcoming resource for the local LGBTIQ community—which extends from Tillamook, Oregon to Raymond, Washington. It is the only resource of its kind on the North Coast, and is the only small-town Q center in the state. The Lower Columbia Q Center has a choir, multiple peer-to-peer support groups and monthly social events. The organization also presents Astoria’s annual Pride Celebration, now in its third year. This year’s event is June 8-10 at multiple venues.