VROC is said to be an “emerging force.” Since March 2013, VROC has emerged as a community-based organization for the equitable and fair treatment of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) individuals. As pillars of our mission, VROC focuses on advocacy, outreach/education, community service, and programming. Below are highlights of our activities this past year:

VROC Events: to ensure and sustain memberships with events that bring the community together
• Night of Compassion Fundraising: June 2013
• Community Appreciation BBQ: July 2013
• Thanksgiving Dinner: November 2013
• Tai & Tri’s New Year’s Eve Fundraising Dinner: December 2013

Community Sponsorship/Co-sponsorship: to promote VROC as community leaders in the larger community
• LGBTQ Immigration Rights Forum with OC Dream Team & Center OC: October 2013
• VNHelp 19th Annual Mua Thu Cho Em Benefit Concert: October 2013
• API-Equality 8th Anniversary Dinner: October 2013
• Foster Parenting in the LGBTQ Community Forum with HRC & Our Small World: November 2013
• Vietnamese American for Haiyan Relief Fund with UVSA & Others: November 2013

Advocacy: to advocate for the equitable and fair treatment of LGBT people
• Tet Parade 2013 inclusion
• Tet Parade 2014 inclusion
• City of Westminster City Council Meeting to support an inclusive 2014 Tet Parade
• Garden Grove City Council Meeting to support UVSA in Tet Festival: October 2013

Outreach/Education: to promote visibility and provide education at both LGBT and non-LGBT events

• Tet Festival 2013 outreach/education booth: February 2013
• OC Pride: August 2013
• VietCARE’s 4th Community Day: September 2013
• One Body Village: September 2013
• Models of Pride: October 2013
• Queer Homecoming: October 2013
• Pasadena Pride: October 2013

Community Service: to promote positive visibility and give back to the community
• VietCARE’s Vietnamese American Community Mental Wellness Day: September 2013
• Plug in America: October, 2013
• Bi-Monthly Feeding the Homeless in Santa Ana: September/November 2013
• Viet Love for Haiyan Victims of Philippines and Vietnam: December 2013

Programming: to promote wellness and provide support for LGBT individuals and their loved ones
• Parents of Rainbow Children: a support group for parents and loved ones of LGBTQ people.
• VROC Scholarships: two scholarships for Vietnamese American LGBTQ youth and their allies.

With a warm heart,
Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC)