GIVEOUTDAY Challenge April 20, 2017 to Support QSpot LGBT Older Adult Buddy Program

GIVEOUTDAY CHALLENGE APRIL 20, 2017

GDChallenge20174Stand with LGBT Elders on GIVEOUTDAY 2017!

QSpot LGBT Community Center has been given an incredible challenge! Two generous community members have once again pledged to match every tax deductible donation made to QSpot’s GiveOUTDay campaign dollar for dollar! That means for every dollar you donate, QSpot can do twice as much to help the LGBT community!  This year, all GiveOUTDay donations will go to support QSpot’s LGBT Older Adults Buddy Program.  The Buddy Program provides companion visits to older members of the LGBT community who are alone, home bound, hospitalized or otherwise physically or socially isolated. 

Give OUT Day is the ONLY national day of giving for the LGBTQ community – a fundraising event that unites donors and nonprofit organizations from across the country to raise critically needed funds that support the needs of the LGBT community.

buddy program2The LGBT Older Adult Buddy Program, created by Dr. Laura Kelly,  was a part of Monmouth University’s Social Work and Nursing schools for many years.  In September 2015, the program moved to QSpot and became a joint project of Monmouth University and QSpot with support from MU graduate students. In 2016, QSpot assumed full responsibility for the program continuing a legacy of serving LGBT older adults.

The Buddy Program provides companion visits to older members of the LGBT community who are alone, home bound, hospitalized or otherwise physically or socially isolated. The program also identifies additional resources and works to integrate them into the client’s care. 

While this seems simple enough, institutionalized LGBT bias forces many LGBT older adult back into the closet in settings such as retirement communities, nursing homes and hospitals.  Once there, staff make it very difficult to identify them, often purposefully putting up road blocks which prevents support services like the Buddy Program from locating and helping them. 

Please help us support LGBT Older Adults by supporting the QSpot GiveOUTDay Challenge today!

All donations collected until the end of GiveOUTDay on April 20 qualify for the matching grant. 


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The QSpot LGBT Community Center is a registered 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization. Our official name is the Jersey Shore Community Center Project. Since 2005, QSpot has relied on donations from supporters to keep our doors open and provide programming and services to the community.  Without your support, QSpot could not exist. Please help us stay strong by making an 100% tax deductible contribution. To make a donation, click on the link above to access our PayPal account. A receipt of your donation will be emailed to you.

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