IMPACT Responds to Pulse Shooting
Our hearts go out to our fellow members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando this week. This attack has rocked our community across the globe and has saddened all of us at IMPACT, and we know that many of you in the community are experiencing similar feelings of grief, sadness, and possibly anger. It is important that you recognize your feelings as valid and take the time to care for yourself and reach out to help if needed.
As an institute our priority is to improve the lives of sexual and gender minority individuals, and June 12th was a reminder why our work is needed in the community. The contributions from those of you involved in the work that we do has helped to create a better world for LGBTQ individuals alike. With that being said, June 12, 2016 reminds us of the important work that we still need to accomplish to help those in need.
If you want to help, or you/someone you know is in need of support or resources, we encourage you to consider any of the following:
- Attend a vigil to honor the victims and their families. Find one near you here.
- Offer a hand to those in need by volunteering with one of these amazing organizations:
- If you are able, donate blood at a Donation Center or Big Red bus near you by visiting oneblood.org or call 1.888.9Donate.
- Reach out for support yourself,
- @TrevorProject (866-488-7386) or via their support center
- @CrisisTextLine (741-741)
- Find a counselor or therapist in your area using one of the following resources:
- Or donate to the survivors of this tragedy at the Pulse Victims GoFundMe Page.
Our community has shown tremendous resiliency in the past and we will continue to work together with our supporters to achieve acceptance and equality, because “Hope will never be silent.” – Harvey Milk
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