Last month, as part of Seattle Women’s Chorus' 15 year celebration, chorus members chose to create a “give back” project in benefit of our community. Singers voted to support Lambert House, a national leader in LGBTQ youth community building – the primary prevention strategy for the constellation of risks that disproportionately affects all LGBTQ youth. The risks they address include: social isolation, depression, suicide, alcohol and other drug use, HIV & other STDs, family conflict that can lead to homelessness and survival sex, and school failure. Lambert House provides LGBTQ youth with daily opportunities to make friends with other youth like themselves and with supportive adults. It is this connection with peers and adults that immediately makes life better for LGBTQ youth.
Our partnership, in collaboration with Lambert's Executive Director, Ken Shulman, was three tiered. Throughout our months of rehearsal, the chorus orchestrated a drive to purchase underclothing for the youth. Members purchased and collected 120 items and Tomboy X, a brand new concert sponsor, donated 270 items to the effort!
On one October evening, singers hosted a social dinner with interested youth at our rehearsal. After which, teens were welcomed into the fold, standing and singing along with us as we practiced the music and learned dance moves.
Finally, at each of the 4 performances of Hear Me Roar, we asked you, our audience, to join us in supporting Lambert House through cash donations. We heard personal stories about young people who came to Lambert House when they were at their lowest and who are now realizing successes they never dreamed they would have. At the conclusion of our concert run, we had raised 4,906.00!
What a great way to end our anniversary celebrations. Seattle Women’s Chorus has the most generous and supportive audiences.