The goal of the campaign, which Levi’s launched this week, is to help support at-risk LGBTQ youth at the institute by establishing the Liquidity Reserve Fund, to help cover expenseses that may not be able to be paid for through other fundraising efforts. Every $10 that is donated helps support one of these at-risk youth.
Give Them Hope aims to raise $500,000 for the Liquidity Reserve Fund. Since it launched this week, it’s raised nearly $40,000 so far.
In the promo video for the campaign, Matarazzo, who is also a Hetrick-Martin Institute ambassador says, “I feel that since I’ve become at home with myself and who I am, I’ve become at home with the world.”
In addition to Matarazzo, Give Them Hope features a handful of HMI students, alums and board members, who share their stories that illustrate the importance of such a place. Beatriz, a 20-year-old HMI alum, says “I felt that if I wasn’t at HMI, I definitely wouldn’t have a safe space.”
For more information on the campaign, or to donate, visit the GiveThemHopeNow.org.