Most schools are back in session now, but not every student has the supplies they need to succeed. In some cases, their families can’t purchase the items – in other cases, the students are on their own for the most part, particularly LGBTQ youth with little family support. Reports indicate that up to 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ. The GLCC and related agencies are often one of the only sources of support for these youth.
The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh has a flourishing youth outreach project and they are accepting donations of school supplies on an ongoing basis to support youth with their school needs.
A list of items that can be donated:Folders 3 ring binders Scissors
College ruled lined paper
Calculators Craft Materials
Back to school is when we think about these needs, but the reality is that the need is year-round. Young students who come out during the school year may have to relocate and not have access to their supplies. Youth living in shelters or on the streets may not be able to keep their items secure. And parents lose jobs or face other economic hardships year round.
This is a good opportunity to take a look around your home/office and put together a few things you aren’t using – a ruler, an extra roll of tape, pens, a calculator or even Sharpies. You’d be amazed what can be put to better use at the GLCC than in a kitchen junk drawer.
Donations can be dropped off at the GLCC – Monday-Saturday: Noon to 9 PM Sunday 12-6pm. Call 412.422.0114 for more information.
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