In 1979 when Emery Hetrick and Damien Martin were founding what would become Hetrick-Martin Institute, the pair were working day and night to give LGBTQ youth the essentials for survival. Many battles for LGBT equality have been won and lost since their time, however the most influential for this generation is the winning of marriage equality.
Through HMI DO couples can invite their family and friends to support the LGBTQ young people of HMI in lieu of gifts or in honor of their marriage. Yes, you can still get that cheeky gift from a close friend (like a feeldoe, or something along those lines), but being able to help out someone else on your special day can only add to the mirth it brings. Your celebration supports the development, encouragement and nourishment of the next generation of LGBTQ adults to reach their full potential.
Family and friends will be able to make a donation on-line in honor of the couple and will receive an electronic acknowledgement letter. The couple will receive notification of each donation as they come in and a final report listing all donations made in their honor.
$50 – Can provide a month of free group counseling sessions for LGBTQ youth with certified mental health professionals.
$150 – Can provide 10 young people an HMI Homeless Support Kit with toiletries, clean undergarments, non-perishable snacks and a safe sex kit which includes condoms, HIV/STI prevention literature and testing information for young people living on the streets.
$200 – Can provide a young person inclusion in the HMI Job Readiness Program for a complete cycle (12 weeks) where HMI youth participate in resume writing workshops, mock interviews and professional skill development.
$300 – Can provide a year’s worth of free meals to HMI youth. For many, the hot nutritious meal they receive in Café HMI is the only meal they receive all day.
Contact Ira Rogers to register your celebration with us. HMI will provide you with a unique donation link to share with friends and family.
A donation to HMI not only supports our important work to create safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ youth, it also sends a clear and strong message to the young people of HMI that they are loved and valued. General donations to HMI are fully tax-deductible under the law. Don’t forget to submit a Matching Gift Form to your employer to double the impact of your gift.
Major Giving Manager
212.674.2600 x251 – Email