Friday, Dec 9th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 10th at 6:30 PM
3300 SE Woodward
PLEASE bring the following items to the concerts for the wish list drive for a few of our favorite charities:
deodorant, lip balm, headsets/ear buds, and old cell phones.
View our newest concert flyer!
Please join us for SEASONS OF GIVING, our first Holiday Concert! We will share songs and stories of the fall and winter seasons, highlighting charitable organizations that provide assistance to LGBTQ youth, their families, and the community at large.
The Story behind Seasons of Giving
Before this season even started, our chorus was shocked to lose one of their members in a tragic and preventable accident. To help our grieving youth and their families, we turned to The Dougy Center. They immediately sent two coordinators and with their skilled guidance, the chorus was able to process their overwhelming feelings in a compassionate, authentic way. Since then, we had been stymied to find a way to tell them how much we appreciate what they do, for so many.
When holiday songs started playing during rehearsals, thoughts turned to cold weather and the homeless. It shocked some of
the performers to learn that 40% of homeless youth are from the LGBT community. The youth were moved to do something. After some phone calls and a few clicks on websites of local charities,
it was discovered that we could do a supply drive for much needed items. Picking just one organization when there were so many, was daunting and instead a few favorites were chosen…and then the theme for our concert was realized.
Every song Bridging Voices will be performing, ties-in with a thoughtfully selected charitable organization. The singers focused on organizations that helped youth and their families (including furry, feathered, scaled and hoofed ones), LGBTQ communities and the environment. At the top of their list, was The Dougy Center and as part of tonight’s program, they will be speaking about these connections. The organizations they chose are:
The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. www.dougy.org
Self Enhancement Inc offers a comprehensive approach to youth development, by providing urban youth and their families opportunities, resources and support to achieve academic, personal and economic success. More importantly, SEI becomes family when each student, from post-cradle to career, is matched to a coordinator (or Excuse Eliminator) 24/7, 365 days/year. www.selfenhancement.org
Donate For Charity will take your donated vehicle to their nearest
auction facility, and net proceeds from the sale of the vehicle are distributed to your selected nonprofit organization. There are over 40 local Oregon charities and 18 national organizations: Cascade AIDS Project, PGMC, A Family for Every Child, Autism Speaks and many more. www.donateforcharity.com/oregon
SMYRC (Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center) is now a program of New Avenues for Youth and provides a safe, supervised, harassment-free, alcohol and drug-free space for sexual & gender minority youth, 23 and younger. www.smyrc.org
Oregon Humane Society rescues, heals and adopts more than 11,000 pets each year. They never place a time limit on how long cats, dogs and other pets stay at our shelter. www.oregonhumane.org
Portland Rescue Mission provides food, shelter, recovery and other vital services to men, women and children affected by homelessness, addiction and abuse. www.portlandrescuemission.org
The Natural Resources Defense Council creates solutions for lasting environmental change, protecting natural resources in the United States and across the globe. www.nrdc.org
TransActive Gender Center provides a holistic range of services and expertise to empower transgender and gender diverse children, youth and their families in living healthy lives, free of discrimination. www.transactiveonline.org
The Matthew Shepard Foundation focuses its efforts from theater stages and local law enforcement agencies, to online resource centers and embassies around the world. One of their online resources is www.matthewsplace.com, an online village designed to provide young people with the resources they need to thrive in this world, make a difference, and gain tools to lead healthy, productive, hate-free lives. www.matthewshepard.org
Cascade AIDS Project helps people put their lives back together by securing housing, finding essential medical care, and dealing with the countless issues that make the difference between giving up, or getting up and going on. www.cascadeaids.org
Our House provides healthcare, housing, and other vital services to low-income people living with HIV. www.ourhouseofportland.org
Call to Safety is working to fulfill their mission of ending domestic and sexual violence by providing confidential support services and education to empower our community, Call to Safety provides a comprehensive 24/7 crisis line, follow-up advocacy for survivors, support groups, community outreach and education, and sexual assault medical advocacy. www.calltosafety.org
OSSCC (Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition) supports community efforts to reduce youth suicide and other risk behaviors in the often hidden and historically underserved gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth population. Although the primary focus of OSSCC is sexual orientation and gender identity issues, they recognize the harm caused by harassment, violence, and discrimination of any kind. www.oregonsafeschools.org
Operation Gratitude collects Halloween candy at local business, clubs and dentist through mid-November then packages and sends sweet treats to deployed troops and first responders. www.operationgratitude.com
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Go to www.thetrevorproject.org/section/about to see the short film that inspired The Trevor Project. www.thetrevorproject.org
Outside In helps homeless youth and other marginalized people
move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. www.outsidein.org
The It Gets Better Project™ has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, but every video changes a life. www.itgetsbetter.org
GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Network) mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. They support student GSA/QSA groups, many having expanded beyond traditional binary Gay-Straight terminology to Genders & Sexualities Alliance, Sexuality And Gender Alliance, Queer Students Alliance, Pride Club, etc. www.glsen.org
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is the extended family of the LGBTQ community. The United States’ largest organization for parents, families, friends, and allies united with LGBTQ individuals, PFLAG members have been advocating for and supporting each other since 1972. Because together, we’re stronger. www.pflag.org