Gay for Good volunteers gathered to spend a rainy Saturday beautifying CHIL's new campus. Unavoidably, a year-and-half of construction on the fully renovated new campus decimated all of our grass and greenery. Luckily, Gay for Good sprung into action; gathering in-kind donations of shrubs and trees from vendors and enduring the soggy spring conditions so that our campus is a peaceful, beautiful space for youth.
Gay For Good mobilizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) and ally volunteers to promote diversity, foster inclusion and strengthen ties to the Chicago community. The Chicago Chapter volunteers at 2-3 nonprofit organizations per month, bringing human power to get large-scale projects done.
Working with CHIL, Gay For Good sourced the plantings needed for the tree and flower beds from Openlands and Gethsemane Garden Center, saving CHIL valuable resources.
Across the country, Gay for Good chapters started volunteering 13 years ago, and collectively they have donated 100k+ volunteer hours through 100+ volunteer projects.
"I was thrilled to be able to bring Openlands and Gay for Good - Chicago together to help Covenant House Illinois beautify their new space on Chicago's West Side! Covenant House plays such an important role in the lives of so many young people and I'm happy that their residents and staff can look outside at the trees and shrubs we planted and smile!" says Sean Burke, Gay for Good Volunteer.
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