The Welcoming Committee is launching a year-long initiative to raise funds and generate volunteer hours for nonprofits. We’re hosting LGBTQ-centric events in three TWC cities that will span nightlife, culture, and a day of service. The goal of each event is to raise awareness and generate impact for organizations that support and encourage communities—fun for a cause.

We’re kicking things off on February 6 with nightlife takeover events in Atlanta and Philadelphia, followed shortly thereafter by a takeover in Boston on February 13. Proceeds from each of the events will go to local charities selected in advance. Want to help make an impact? If you haven’t already, sign up as a member here for details on where we’re headed.

Announcing the February Non-Profit Beneficiaries!

Philly AIDS Thrift is a non-profit business that generates funds for local organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS by selling used and donated home goods, clothing, and accessories. One of those organizations, The AIDS Fund, distributes money to twenty-nine AIDS agencies in the five county Philadelphia region. They pass on the money we give them every month with NO administrative costs taken out. They also organize the Philadelphia AIDS Walk every October and the monthly Gay Bingo fundraiser throughout the year.

In addition to cash contributions, Philly AIDS Thrift provides free store vouchers to Philly area HIV/AIDS service providers for distribution to clients in need of clothing assistance and household necessities. Thanks to the many local organizations that partner with us in this effort. To learn more, or donate directly, just go here.

ATLANTA (2/6):
Lost n' Found Youth
 is an Atlanta-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths up to age 26 off the street and transition them into more permanent housing. They operate a 24/7 hotline at 678-856-7825, a Youth Center, a 6-bed 90 day housing facility, and 3-6 month host home program. Lost-n-Found Youth is Atlanta’s only nonprofit agency actively working to take homeless LGBTQ youth off the street.

If you can't make it to the event but are interested in donating, just head here.

BOSTON (2/13):
The LGBT Asylum Task Force is an organization whose mission is to house, feed and support LGBT asylum seekers who are escaping threats of abuse, torture, death and imprisonment. Unlike refugees, asylum seekers get no support while they file a legal case and attempt to obtain a work permit. They arrive on traveling visas, then, decide to fight for asylum after arriving. Often, they are unaware that they are not allowed to work and become homeless and hungry. 

Since the Task Force's inception they have helped 90 people from 15 countries, including Jamaica, Uganda, Cameroon, Zambia, Palestine, Lebanon, Nigeria and many more. Today, it is still illegal to be gay in 80 countries. Want to become more involved, read their stories, or donate directly? Head here.

The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project is a social service agency whose mission is to assist and support victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. They offer a variety of free services including a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, a safe home, legal advocacy, and community based programming.

If you can't make it to the February 13th give-back event but are still interested in donating, just head here.

What Else Is Coming Up?
Glad you asked. During the summer of 2015, we’ll be gathering the gays to pull off a major service takeover. Imagine hundreds of LGBTQ hands across the US joining forces for their communities on the same day. Whether it’s volunteering at local shelters, preparing meals at local food banks, or cleaning up the city—TWC will be pitching in, big time!

In the winter months we'll be cutting the chill by throwing a cultural event for our members in various cities, with proceeds going to nonprofits in need. Art, culture, philanthropy, and gays. #winning

The Nonprofits
So, this is kind of exciting. TWC is teaming up with The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Who are the Sisters, you ask? Combine drag, performance art, and charity. Rinse and repeat. If you haven’t already met/loved/hugged the Sisters, you should. They’re major supporters of all kinds of LGBTQ-friendly nonprofits. That’s why we’ve asked them to help us select the organizations benefiting from our service work and fundraising efforts.

If you work for a nonprofit that's interested in being one of our beneficiaries, head here to give us all of your information! We'll choose partners in our cities as we get closer to each of our charity events and let you know if you've been picked.

How to Help
Are you a community, social, or employee resource group that’s interested in getting involved? Give Ashley a shout: She’d love to chat with you about partnering with the Sisters and TWC!