Since its inception in 2001, the Growing Together Initiative (GTI) has awarded more than $129,000 in grants to organizations and direct services to promote education, awareness and advocacy for the needs of the LGBTQ and ally community. The GTI has also raised more than $300,000 in an endowment which will ensure a perpetual source of funds to support equality and social justice in San Luis Obispo County. Below are just a few examples of the kinds of activities your donations help to support:
-$3,000 grant to the Central Coast Coalition for Inclusive Schools supporting youth leaders in hosting three educational awareness events
-$2,000 grant to support the "Your True Gender" conference at Cal Poly State University featuring national experts on transgender law, medicine and advocacy
-$1,000 grant to support "Know Your Status," an outreach and HIV testing campaign targeting young adults
-Hosting film screenings of documentaries on topics including the status of LGBT rights around the world, and gender fluidity within the Hawaiian culture.
GTI is fortunate to have a generous Challenge Match of $7,500 from United Staffing Associates. With your donation being matched equally by United Staffing Associates, we will be able to continue to make grants that support community organization's efforts to address important social justice issues like discrimination and bullying in schools, equity issue in elder care and human services, and other issues awareness.