This year’s Holiday Pride Drive was a great success. More than 50 volunteers and many locations supported collection and distribution of goods for 4 area shelters.
Longitudinal studies indicate that LGBTQ-identifying persons are at greater risk of job, housing, and other codified discrimination. Such policies therefore increase our community’s risk of homelessness. Worse yet, LGBTQ youth fall homeless at 6 times the general population rate: 40% vs. 7%, respectively.
So, we at LGBT Equality Alliance rolled up our sleeves and went to work. From early October through November, 1000’s of goods were solicited and generously donated: toiletries, paper goods, winter gear, canned goods, and pharmacy gift cards. Our ‘Giving Tuesday’ campaign raised $510, which we matched 1-for-1, totaling $1,020 to share among the shelters.
Benefiting shelters: Valley Youth House, Code Blue Warming Center (at Ann’s Heart), St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter, and Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities.
We’re grateful for and proud of our community members coming together to intervene locally. Special thanks to Stacey Montgomery-DeFreitas, Pride Drive coordinator and board Vice President; and Ruth Groves, B’nai Jacob Congregation host liaison and goods organizer. Thanks also to area YMCA’s, churches, and workplaces for hosting collection boxes.
Wishing all a safe, warm holiday season!
The LGBT Equality Alliance Team