CHICAGO — Homosexual for Good is strictly what the title implies: the Chicago non-profit service group sends volunteers across the metropolis and suburbs.
These do-gooders typically get their palms soiled for numerous good causes.
“We’re a bunch of individuals within the metropolis who get collectively and we’ll companion with two to a few different non-profits every month, and we simply get collectively and do some good and we help different non-profits and the work they’re doing,” mentioned James, one of many leaders of Homosexual for Good.
“I received concerned in Homosexual for Good as a result of I used to be actually simply on the lookout for one thing to offer again to the neighborhood,” mentioned Marcus Bush, who can also be a part of the group’s management. “Final 12 months I used to be coming by means of the tip of the pandemic and wanted one thing new and enjoyable and was actually welcomed with open arms, so I’ve actually had a number of enjoyable being a part of this group.”
The group has already volunteered for PAWS animal shelter, the Higher Chicago Meals Depository, Cradles to Crayons, Shedd Aquarium and Chicago Furnishings Financial institution, simply to call a couple of.
On this present day, the group is in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood. They’re planting bushes and shrubs on the new location of Covenant Home, a shelter and help system for homeless youth.
“Whoever wants assist and whoever is doing good within the metropolis, we’ll help them,” James mentioned.
Homosexual for Good is an LBGTQ+ group, however they’re welcoming to all.
“Should you like doing good and serving to the town of Chicago, we’ll take you,” James mentioned.
It isn’t solely about serving neighborhoods, Bush added.
“One of many issues we’re doing this 12 months to boost the neighborhood of the group is having extra social occasions,” he mentioned. “Whether or not we’re assembly at a restaurant for dinner or simply doing a contented hour, there’s plenty of alternatives to fulfill folks exterior of simply doing the volunteer work.”
“My favourite half is simply seeing such an eclectic group of individuals come collectively,” James mentioned. “We’re all-encompassing. We’re very various. We invite anybody and everybody throughout the town, from a number of neighborhoods. All of us get collectively and now we have this widespread mission of simply doing good and giving again to the town.”
You’ll find Homosexual for Good on-line at gayforgood.org.
Along with Chicago, there are greater than a dozen chapters throughout the nation, together with Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham.