by Shaun Knittel -
SGN Associate Editor
It's simple really. Whenever you can help people, you should.
The Golden Rule, right?
This week, as a polar vortex blanketed most of the United States (only the Southwest, Hawaii, Alaska and South Florida escaped the grip of the Arctic blast) - basically, a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere that sits over the polar region entered into the U.S., temperatures went from cold to freezing. It was time to turn up the heat, bundle up, and in some states (including parts of Washington) prepare for snow. And while this was all a minor inconvenience for most of us, the truth is, for some, and I'm talking about the thousands of Seattle's homeless population, when winter sets in, the days - and especially the nights - are brutal.
Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), a social justice organization that I am founder and president of, and other homeless outreach organizations took this opportunity to announce upcoming outreach dates, shared with folks the list of donations they could make, and booked benefit shows all in the name of 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'
In short - we can help, so we are going to do just that. And the many homeless people - with 40% of the demographic alleged to be LGBTQ youth - need us. But we need your help to make a greater impact.
GOT HEART? DINNER TO BENEFIT HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAM
For anyone looking to quell their appetite and get involved in homeless outreach, SOSea invites you to the GOT HEART? dinner & show benefiting SOSea's FROM THE HEART Program, on Tuesday, November 18, 7-10 p.m. at El Quetzal (3209 Beacon Ave S.).
For $30, guests at this fundraiser will enjoy a fixed menu consisting of'
o Chipotle Caesar Salad - Romaine Lettuce, Toasted Tortillas, House Sauce
Your choice of entrée:
o Fish Tacos - Halibut Fish, Flour Tortilla, Cheese and Apple Salad
o Cheese Enchilada - Rice, Beans, Cheese, and Green Chili Sauce
o Chicken Fajitas - Chicken, Red and Green Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms
In addition, entertainment will be provided by 2014 Seattle Pride Idol Ruth Soto (Latin Rose), Peruvian recording artist and SOSea Director of Outreach to the LGBTQ Latin Community Jack Mozie, and Latin Pop Star Esteban Naranjo.
ALEKSA MANILA & FRIENDS: WINTER DRIVE BENEFIT FOR PSKS
Local drag legend and Seattle LGBTQ activist Aleksa Manila invites you to attend the 12th Annual Aleksa Manila & FRIENDS: Winter Drive Benefit for PSKS (Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets) on Saturday, November 29, door at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at Neighbours (1509 Broadway) presented by Aleksa Manila and HEYO at Lifelong with Neighbours Nightclub. A $10 donation or donation of winter essentials (coats, socks, dental kits, snacks, toiletries, etc.) gets you in to this 21+ event.
The benefit will feature performances by Pride Idol 2014 Ruth Soto AKA Latin Rose, Miss UTOPIA 2013 Atasha Manila, Miss Gay Seattle 2013 Olivia La Garce, Pride Idol 2012 Chase Silva, Miss Gay Seattle 2012 Donnatella Howe, Miss Neighbours 2012 Lady Sahara, La Femme Magnifique 2013 Diamond St. James, Jessica Paradisco of Pulse 18+ Dance Night at Neighbours, La Femme Magnifique International 2013 Amora Dior Black, Miss Neighbours 2013 Anastasia Beaverhausen, Miss Gay Washington 2014 Brook Lynn Bradshaw, Isaac Scott of Hollaback Thursdays at Neighbours, Miss Gay Seattle 2014 Drew Paradisco, Youtube Sensation Sparkle Leigh and more.
Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets' mission is to support homeless and at-risk youth and young adults to become empowered to lead positive and self-sufficient lives. Its philosophy and practice of inclusion has allowed PSKS to develop low access barriers to engage young people who are at-risk of falling through gaps in community services. PSKS provides support and services to Seattle area homeless youth and young adults and committed efforts are targeted at providing stepping stones to transition youth from the streets to self-sufficiency and productive roles in community.
Many of PSKS clients are squatters, have animal companions and/or children, suffer from addiction or have other circumstances that make it tough to find indoor shelter. Most of their youth don't follow the linear flow of shelter to transitional housing to secure housing. Often they are living under bridges, in cars or tents in the woods until they can secure their own housing. Their approach to basic needs is one of harm reduction - making human safety, health and security a priority whether they are living in an abandoned building or still struggling with substance abuse. To learn more, visit www.psks.org
SOCIAL OUTREACH SEATTLE'S FROM THE HEART PROGRAM
FROM THE HEART is a Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) program that aims to provide, year-round, much-needed items to families and people in need.
Each year, from October 1-December 15, SOSea asks local businesses and nonprofit organizations to host one FROM THE HEART Gift Box in their storefront to collect new, unopened, unused toys, canned goods, dry foods, hygiene products, winter clothes (knit cap, scarf, gloves, jacket, sweater), pots, pans, tarps, backpacks, and more. SOSea will even come and pick up the items when the box is full or when the SOSea Gift-Giving Holiday Project comes to an end December 15.
The items will then be distributed to Lambert House youth, YouthCare, Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) and to families in need on Christmas morning by directors and volunteers.
If you are a business, nonprofit organization or club that would like to participate in FROM THE HEART SOSea Gift-Giving Holiday Project, please send email to SocialOutreachSeattle@gmail.com.
If you are a business, nonprofit, club or individual that would like to donate BIG items like a new or used flat screen TV, refrigerator, couch, desk, or other electronics and household goods, please email SocialOutreachSeattle@gmail.com and schedule a pick-up or drop-off.
At SOSea our motto is 'We are one community working together' and when we come together there isn't a problem we can't solve or group of people that we can't help. Help us make a difference in the lives of people who need a little help. Let's help make this the best Christmas possible for some kids and their families this season.
HOLIDAY CHEER CD RELEASE PARTY & CONCERT
For the second year in a row, Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), has recorded a Christmas music CD using local talent, to raise money for homeless outreach during the holiday season. HOLIDAY CHEER Vol. 2 is jam packed with songs that will put you in the Christmas spirit!
Vocalists appearing on HOLIDAY CHEER Vol. 2 include Jack Mozie (the album's producer), Ricky Caudle, Ryan Crawford, Yee-Shin Huang, Michael Cagle, Karin Parks, Jon Noble, Eric Blu Martin from Eric Blu & The Soul Revue, Ruth Soto (Latin Rose), Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and many more!
On Friday, December 5, all of the artists that lent their time and talent to the project have come together to perform all of the songs on the album at the HOLIDAY CHEER Vol. 2 CD Release Party at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway). For $10 guests get the CD and a show. You won't want to miss out on being a part of this local holiday tradition!
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