As we prepare for our annual holiday party, we are thankful for the many speakers, sponsors, and attendees that have helped enrich WordPress Orlando over the past five years. It has been our privilege to be able to serve our community, and we look forward to continuing forward with all of you.
Our ability as a community to come together is powerful, and one that we don’t take lightly. At WordCamp every year we select one or two charity partners to focus on, to expose our network to a worthy cause. In the past, we’ve collected toys for Toys for Tots, video games for Nemours Children’s Hospital, registered members for the bone marrow registry Be the Match, and more.
This year, we focus on a vulnerable population: at-risk LGBTQ Youth in Orlando. The Zebra Coalition is a full service organization devoted to helping LGBTQ teens and young adults with services including medical and mental health resources, drug and alcohol counseling, ongoing education, transportation, peer support, and more. They also provide short term housing, food, and clothing to teens and young adults who otherwise have few resources to turn to.
We ask that you help with a drive to raise funds to provide necessities, food gift cards, and a bit of holiday cheer for these young people at a time of year that many of us can celebrate how much we have rather than how little. We are raising funds before and during our holiday party to present at the Zebra Youth holiday party a few days later.
If you are willing and able, please consider supporting. Our minimum goal is to raise $450 before our party to provide one $15 gift card for food to each of 30 current residents of the housing program, but we welcome gifts above and beyond.
Thank you for being an active member of WordPress Orlando, and please let us know how we can serve you through 2017!