Thank you donors!
November 13, 2016
Our LGBT Fund was established by Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik, a West Michigan couple who chose to spearhead changes in the community after attending OutGiving, a LGBT philanthropic conference sponsored by the Gill Foundation. Inspired by the conference and the insight that the LGBT community needs to initiate support for LGBT issues, they partnered with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to lead the charge against issues faced by LGBT youth.
In America, up to 1.6 million youth experience homelessness each year. The statistics for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) homeless youth are even more shocking, as this group represents up to 40% all young people experiencing homelessness. Considering that LGBT youth represent an estimated 7% of the total youth population, these numbers are disproportionately high. While even a single young person without a home is one too many, the disparity of LGBT youth experiencing homelessness is unfathomable.
Once they are out of their homes, LGBT youth are even more vulnerable. They are at a greater risk for victimization, unsafe sexual practices, and mental health issues than non-LGBT young people experiencing homelessness.
It is my goal to assist this organization in meeting its fundraising goals so that the necessary services can be provided for LGBT youth in West Michigan.
Please consider donating a dollar for every mile that I run ($26.20) or any multiple thereof.
https://www.givegr.org/LGBTFund (Designation: Our LGBT Fund - Immediate, non-endowed)