Each year, Gotham Cheer chooses 1-2 local charities that benefit and empower NYC’s LGBTQIA+ youth. We provide volunteers to assist the chosen nonprofits and their programs, promote them year-round to increase awareness and visibility, and create fundraisers to support their on-going work.
With the COVID-19 global pandemic, Gotham Cheer shifted our usual strategies and events to include more creative ways to deliver community service. We developed mentoring video series, participated in COVID-19 outreach initiatives, created mental health & wellness photo campaigns and webinars, led body & meditation virtual workshops, and collected winter apparel, PPE and toiletries for homeless LGBTQIA+ youth during the pandemic. Recently, in the fall/winter of 2020, Gotham Cheer raised nearly $12,000 for our beneficiaries.
AIDS CENTER OF
Located in Queens, NY, ACQC aims to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families living with, and at risk for, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other chronic health conditions. In particular, ACQC has a new LGBT HOMELESS YOUTH DROP-IN CENTER that provides a safe, supportive space for homeless LGBT and at-risk youth, age 13-24, with services that empower youth to improve their lives.
TRINITY PLACE SHELTER
For over a decade, Trinity Place Shelter has been fighting for, protecting, and helping to save the lives of homeless LGBTQ youth. Their mission is to help homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) youth and young adults (ages 18 to 24) in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive and productive adults.
TRUE COLORS UNITED
Since 2018, Gotham Cheer has promoted, volunteered and raised $15,000 for TRUE COLORS UNITED.
Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, True Colors United works nationally to end homelessness, focusing especially on LGBTQ youth – who represent 40% of all youth experiencing homelessness.
Through a broad continuum of advocacy, training & education, and youth collaboration programs, True Colors United is implementing innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people.
Gotham Cheer has innovative ways to assist the community with the help of our friends, colleagues, and allies. Our unique vision to support the community through partnerships, diversity and inclusivity strengthen the future of our youth.
Boxers NYC is the place for gay sports leagues and fans to meet. Their support of Gotham Cheer is unparalleled and only matched by their dedication and commitment to gay culture to increase awareness for local LGBT charities and gay athletes.
SAGE is the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders. Gotham Cheer is proud to continue serving meals and connecting with the LGBT elders of SAGE to support our fierce and fabulous community pioneers.
By volunteering to paint sets and walls, assisting with an intimate Gala Dinner, and adding spirit to their extraordinary and legendary Auction, Gotham Cheer continues our special partnership with Bailey House.
Now part of Housing Works, Bailey House provides supportive services for clients to transform the lives and opportunities of low-income New Yorkers.
There’s nothing as fun and rewarding as community service and our partnership with Barnes & Noble takes it to another level. During key holidays, Gotham Cheer wraps gifts as a fundraiser at Barnes & Noble stores as happy customers donate to our Community Partner Grant.
At Gotham, we genuinely care about our local community charities and they continue to inspire us to get involved. Our members are a volunteer force that helps New York City by going above and beyond cheerleading in various ways from outreach to the elderly, youth development and fighting the stigmas associated with homelessness and HIV.