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Six ways to help New York’s LGBT community during Pride Month

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Emy R
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If donating money is not enough, this one's for you.

It’s Pride Month, and volunteering for LGBT organizations is a huge part of it. If you’re looking to donate your time and assist the LGBT community, check out the list below.

Ali Forney Center

The Ali Forney Center is the biggest LGBT youth homeless shelter in New York City, and it will be holding its annual prom at the Boro Hotel New York in Long Island City on June 15. The prom is accepting volunteers, and will include tasty donations from Tattly, DJ Jeronimo, Dinosaur BBQ, Confections by Cathleen, Sprinkles, A.E Kieren, Robin Scott and UrbanStems. Drag queens Elizabeth James, Harmonica Sunbeam and more will host the night. (212-222-3427, btorres@aliforneycenter.org)

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

If you’re looking to volunteer for one organization that covers a wide range of causes, then this is the one for you. Known as The Center, the group has been the primary establishment for the LGBT community in NYC since 1983. It's open to one-time donations, leadership and career consultations, monthly giving, stock donations and more. (212-620-7310, volunteer@gaycenter.org)

Hetrick Martin Institute

The Hetrick-Martin Institute has been serving the community for more than 31 years. Starting as a small community-run organization, HMI understands the essential need for volunteers. You can volunteer as a server for HMI’s nightly dinner service, or as a tutor for their academic programs. (212-674-2400, sdavey@hmi.org)

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders

Beginning in 1978, SAGE launched with the goal of bringing aid to elder members of the LGBT community, who have long felt invisible in the city. If you’re interested in volunteering for the org, the first step is attending a volunteer orientation at their midtown location. From there, you will be interviewed and vetted for whichever volunteer position you had applied for. Some volunteer roles can be started right away and others require a training program. (212-741-2247, volunteer@sageusa.org)

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

The Brooklyn Community Pride Center was opened with the single mission of providing support to the LGBT community in New York's most-populous borough.The center is looking for volunteers for their 2020 Vision Challenge and to join them in the Heritage Pride March on June 25. (347-889-7719, info@lgbtbrooklyn.org) 

Annual Heritage Pride March

NYC's first Pride March was held in 1970, and it has quickly become one of the city's—and the world’s—biggest LGBT annual events. This year's grand marshals include the American Civil Liberties Union, Brooke Guinan, Krishna Stone and Geng Le. To volunteer for the June 25 march, make sure to sign up at their volunteer portal.

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