As we finish our first year, we say Thank You to all who have participated in this funding venture. LGBTQ+ Community Centers of all sizes are an important presence in many of the cities, towns, and rural areas throughout the country. They have been described as “the heart and soul of the LGBTQ+ communities, a place where people can find resources, services, support, and a safe, welcoming space to just ‘be'” (thanks CenterLink!). They often provide the first opportunity for many youth to participate in a diverse range of activities with peers like them. These experiences allow young people to grow in self-awareness and confidence as they enter the rapidly changing world they will have to navigate in the future. These Centers also provide services to adults and seniors, who are often isolated or looking for some sense of community—especially now.
Our Foundation has awarded grants to more than 40 organizations during our initial year. We invite you to visit our website to read more about these efforts, and to learn how you can explore opportunities to seek our help.
The “Joy of Giving” takes on new meaning when you realize the tremendous impact that seemingly small gestures can have on so many lives in our community.
We urge everyone to take some time to research the LGBTQ+ Community Centers in your own communities. You’ll be amazed and excited by the amount of good they can do with whatever support you can offer them.
Wishing everyone a Happy and Memorable Year in 2022!
Elliot and Roger