Here at Dunkin’, we took our Pride Month festivities virtual this year by introducing Pride themed Dunkin’ e-gift cards. For every Pride-themed e-gift card purchased between June 1 and June 30, we donated $1 to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, benefitting hunger relief efforts of LBGTQ youth organizations.
INspire, the LGBTQ & Allies Employee Resource Group at Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’, helped the Foundation select six LGBTQ youth organizations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, and California. We’re excited to shine the spotlight on those six incredible organizations and how they’ve been able to use the Foundation grants.
In Boston, the Foundation grant is helping to provide food gift cards for the Youth on Fire program through Fenway Health. Due to COVID-19, the Youth on Fire drop-in center has been closed. The Youth on Fire staff has shifted to conducting outreach and providing necessary services to members, and other at-risk homeless youth, across the city, which they have identified as the most pressing need currently.
In Philadelphia, the Attic Youth Center is using the Foundation grant to provide hot meals, toiletries, face masks and hand sanitizers to homeless youth across the region. In Chicago, the Foundation grant has helped fund the Youth 360 Services Cornerstone Youth-in-Care facility, which provides housing and food service for young men living under 24/7 care.
In Orlando, Pridelines is providing emergency meal assistance to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Through the Foundation grant, Pridelines has been able to provide even more hot food and snacks to this at-risk population. In New York, the Ali Forney Center, which is the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youth in the country, is putting their grant to work to help fund food for a 24-hour drop-in center, meaning accessible meals to at-risk youth, any time of the day.
Lastly, in California, the Foundation grant has gone to the Los Angeles Lesbian & Gay Center/Jeff Griffith Youth Center, a safe place for LGBT youth and those that love them. At JGYC, homeless LGBTQ youth, ages 14-24, can access services that help them become self-sufficient and empowered adults. Services include daily meals, a GED program, clothing, showers, laundry, career development, case management, educational groups, and much more.
Here at Dunkin’, we’re proud to be able to support these LGBTQ organizations. We’re continuing to donate $1 of every e-gift card purchased on DunkinCoffeeBreak.com to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation*. To learn more about The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit bringjoy.org.
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* We will donate $1 to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation to support children in underserved communities for all e-gift cards purchased at Dunkincoffeebreak.com, up to $100k.