Yes, You Can Still Support Valley Youth House’s Holiday Giving for LGBTQ Youth

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Never underestimate the power of a touching article.

Last year, G Philly ran a story about Valley Youth House, a nonprofit working to combat youth homelessness, and its quest to find 250 “Secret Santas” for LGBTQ youth.

Within days of the story’s original release, the organization surpassed its goal. Before G Philly could release a new call for Secret Santas for this year’s holiday seasonal event, a viral re-sharing of last year’s article garnered enough buzz to match the nonprofit’s goal within 48 hours.

“I first saw last year’s G Philly article on Facebook last Monday being shared by one of our supporters … 48 hours later we had over 200 inquiries through our website and matched 250 youth,” said Valerie Johnson, Assistant Director of Development for VYH. “I am certain the article was shared at least 25 times based on how many times I saw it pop up … we had to turn the registration off once we had everyone matched last Tuesday. We were seeing about 10 inquiries an hour when we shut it down … we’re so grateful for the support of the G Philly community.” Read more »

TOP PICKS: 5 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Young Advocates of Philadelphia presents a night of swing dancing for a great cause.

Young Advocates of Philadelphia presents a night of swing dancing for a great cause.

FRIDAY EVENTS

The Eric Jaffe Show!
7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac Street; over 21.

World ukulele champion Eric Jaffe returns with his monthly cabaret. Enjoy a no-cover night of Philadelphia’s best singers and musicians, featuring Sapphira Cristal, Dan Callahan, and more. Read more »

Julie Wertheimer on Funding LGBTQ Youth

The Spruce Foundation is one of the only in the region with specific grant-making programming dedicated to LGBTQ youth.

The Spruce Foundation is one of the only organizations in the region with grant-making dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth.

What is unique about the Spruce Foundation’s services to the LGBTQ community in Philly?
We are the first foundation in the region — and still one of the only foundations — with specific grant-making programming dedicated to LGBTQ youth. We incorporated an LGBTQ-specific grant into our funding priorities in 2013, because we recognize the unique challenges that this population faces. It became clear to us as a foundation that while the programs we were funding were reaching LGBTQ youth, those programs weren’t necessarily affirming their very particular experience in a way that helped them feel recognized and accommodated. Now, we can proudly say that we seek out and support programs designed to meet LGBTQ youth where they are, and to help them develop the skills and resources that they need. Read more »

TOP PICKS: 5 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Valley Youth House is having their 6th Annual "Always Bet On Youth" charity event this Friday night!

Valley Youth House throws its sixth-annual “Always Bet On Youth” charity event this Friday night.

FRIDAY EVENTS

Opening Reception: “Look Closer: The Work of Michael Newman and Stuart Alter”
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street; all ages.

William Way Center LGBT Community Center welcomes spring with an incredible collection of local queer artwork from two notable visionaries. Come join them as they kick off an exhibition that will run from through April 29th. Read more »

Marc Vetri Up Next in Pat’s Steaks Guest Chef Series

Marc Vetri with Frank Olivieri at Pat's Steaks

Marc Vetri with Frank Olivieri at Pat’s Steaks

Marc Vetri is next up for Pat’s Steaks Guest Chef Series. Vetri is preparing a ribeye steak with Di Bruno Bros’ mortadella, taleggio, cherry peppers, onions and Cheez Whiz on roll.

The steak will be available on Thursday, January 21st from 3 to 5 p.m. The steaks will cost $10 each and all sales will benefit the Vetri Community Partnership.

Frank Olivieri says, “I’m so honored to have Marc Vetri design a cheesesteak and cook with me to benefit his charity.” For Vetri, it is a pleasure to work with Olivieri. “Frank is always there for us. The sandwich I created is like an Italian Cubano sandwich. You have the mortadella and the steak and Tallegio, and the peppers and onions cut it beautifully. The combination of ingredients is really delicious.”

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