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Lambert House receives $5,000 grant from Bank of America affinity group
Lambert House receives $5,000 grant from Bank of America affinity group
"Lambert House offers the kind of space for teens and young adults to learn how to be leaders," said Bank of America's Executive Vice President of Small Business Banking Marie Gunn.

by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Lambert House, a drop-in center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, received a $5,000 grant from Bank of America's LGBT affinity group, Pride Resource Group, on Wednesday, December 20. Only four grants were awarded by the bank's affinity group nationwide.

"Gay youth know they have a future in our society when they learn that a major corporation like the Bank of America has included them in its charitable efforts. This grant sends a powerful message of inclusion," said Lambert House Executive Director Ken Shulman.

Bank of America executives Christopher McCormick and Marie Gunn delivered the check personally and received a tour of the facility from Shulman.

"Every year we meet to discuss who will receive grants for the great work that they do for the GLBTQ community," said McCormick, Bank of America's Vice President of Associate Capacity and Readiness and Executive Councilmember of the Pride Resource Group, which includes 16 local affiliates within Bank of America worldwide. "This year we are pleased that Lambert House here in Seattle has earned a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation."

The drop-in center serves 500 LGBT youth each year, whom collectively make nearly 5,000 visits. The organization reports that at least 56 percent of youth they serve reported having lived in low-income households, while another 25 percent where homeless. About half of its clients are youth of color.

"Lambert House offers the kind of space for teens and young adults to learn how to be leaders," said Gunn, Bank of America's Executive Vice President of Small Business Banking. "This grant to Lambert House is just another way we know we can help make a difference in the lives of youth in our community."

Founded 25 years ago as the Association of Gay and Lesbian Youth Advocates, Lambert House later become the first social space for LGBT youth open daily in the United States and remains the Northwest's largest organization serving LGBT youth. Today, Lambert House offers counseling, case management, support groups, social activities, computer access and dinner five nights a week.

McCormick, who initially nominated Lambert House for the $5,000 grant, told the SGN Wednesday that he was so impressed by the good work of the organization that he has become a volunteer. Lambert House relies on more than 100 volunteers annually to fill weekly volunteer shifts and other needs of the organization.

"When I came to meet with Ken initially about the grant, I was really inspired by the work they do here," added McCormick. "In addition to the great work they do for youth, youth have opportunities to take on leadership roles. They can submit proposals to lead projects or start new groups - skills that will help them in the future."

For more information about Lambert House, call 206-323-2515 or visit, www.lamberthouse.org.

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