Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi
There are so many things we would all like to change in this world. We would love to stop violence, eliminate homelessness, make sure no one is ever hungry again and solve other issues that keep so many people from living a happy, healthy, full life. But, it can be overwhelming. How and where do you start? Can I make a difference.
We can all make a difference by "being the change" we want. We start with doing what is within our power to change. We treat others the way we want to be treated, show respect for each other and getting involved. Start with one thing that makes a difference.
Here are some ways you can support your local community and make a difference.
LGBT Fund of Southwest Florida
The LGBT Community Fund of Southwest Florida is referred to as a “multi-donor fund,” which is a giving circle that engages like-minded individuals and organizations to increase philanthropic support in Southwest Florida for the unique challenges and opportunities facing Southwest Florida’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community.
This is a giving circle fund. Your contribution will be granted out each giving year to meet the needs of the community. Contributors who give $250 within the year will have a vote to determine grant focus areas.
Working groups will be selected by the Steering Committee of the Fund to focus on areas such as:
- Research – research of the LGBT community
- Needs – identification of needs of the LGBT community
- Annual Gathering – annual meeting to determine causes to be support
- Ad Hoc Working Groups –as needed for other identified areas.
Search Local Nonprofit Organizations
There are a large number of nonprofit organizations supporting our community. You can search our database to find causes you would like to support.
Founded in 2017, the Center for Progress and Excellence Inc. provides comprehensive social and behavioral health services to the Southwest Florida region, in order to promote self-sufficiency and personal progress throughout the community, regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and economic status.
The Mobile Crisis Team
This team provides a rapid on call service. The team consists of mental health professionals. This effort will reduce barriers and provide on site assessment, timely coordination and appropriate services. By providing individuals with an on-call behavioral health intervention, it can significantly reduce unnecessary Baker acts and provide appropriate and timely assessment, intervention and engagement. A highly trained and specialized mobile crisis unit will assist in managing crisis situations in an effective, holistic and humane manner.
LGBT Transitional Home
LGBTQ youth have the added layer of trauma that comes with being rejected or mistreated because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This transitional housing program will empower the young men and women with the tools needed to live independently. The importance of having a secure environment to call home can't be overstated. The unique transitional housing model will encourage the growth of independent, positive and productive adult community members.