Get in the spirit of "holigay" giving with our first-ever QTBLGiving Tuesday event on 11/28. Donate to these local LGBTQ-led organizations doing great work across our region. And think nationally by helping the LGBT community in Puerto Rico rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides the financing and support that low- and moderate-income people, families, and communities need to attain affordable homes, quality jobs, and child care, and become financially independent. Its loans help convert manufactured-home (mobile home) parks to resident-owned cooperatives, provide real mortgages for manufactured homes, grow job-creating small businesses, create affordable rental housing, and strengthen child care providers and community nonprofits. The funds it lends are invested in the Community Loan Fund by people and institutions that want to put their money to work right here in New Hampshire. More information at www.communityloanfund.org.
Our readers say: "This 30+ year nonprofit provides opportunity to NH people who are otherwise denied the opportunity to create their own destiny. This organization is beyond LGBTQ friendly."
SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY LOAN FUND
Make a secure donation online here.
New Heights creates "fun, energizing experiential learning opportunities for youth in grades 5–12." And the programs they offer are clearly fun: adventure-based programs like rock climbing and surfing as well as arts and STEM programs that focus on everything from robotics to cooking and even stilt walking! But what makes New Heights unique is a focus on providing "serious learning in seriously fun environments" and offering youth potentially life-changing opportunities to try something new in a supportive yet challenging setting.
Patrick Dorow Productions (PDP) aims to produce exceptional musical theatre in the greater Seaocast area, cultivating talent in all aspects of performing arts. Participants benefit from a confidence-building environment that cultivates performance skills alongside teamwork, trust, and conflict resolution. But program participants are not the only ones who benefit from this organization, as anyone who has seen one of their high-quality musical theatre productions can attest! A true community-focused organization, PDP even helps raise money for other community groups through their generous Community Focus program.
Make a one-time or recurring donation online here.
The only organization in the area focused on LGBTQA+ youth, Seacoast Outright has been providing safe spaces for youth in the Seacoast and beyond since 1993. They also host the annual Portsmouth PRIDE event (with this year's being the biggest yet) and are currently raising money to support a new Education Outreach initiative in 2018.
The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts is the city's foremost visual arts initiative focused on the presentation and accessibility of fine art. A unique volunteer-based organization, they curate exhibitions at the Rochester Community Center, the Rochester Public Library, and Rochester City Hall. The Rochester MFA also puts on the annual Rochester Gay Pride celebration.
Our readers say: "The Rochester MFA not only brings art to downtown Rochester, they also host the annual Rochester Gay Pride event, which is a wonderful celebration of community. It makes me so happy each year to see downtown decked out in rainbow flags and even the Rochester Police officers wearing special rainbow patches for the occasion!"
SUPPORT ROCHESTER MFA
Rochester MFA is a nonprofit through Rochester Main Street, a 501(c)(3). Make a donation by writing a check out to "Rochester Main Street" with "RMFA" on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:
Rochester Main Street
18 South Main Street, Suite 2B
Rochester, NH 03867
Freedom New Hampshire is a nonpartisan coalition working to educate people about what it means to be transgender and the unique hardships that transgender people face—and to grow support for legislation (#TransBillNH) to explicitly protect transgender Granite Staters from discrimination under the law. As part of this ongoing effort, Freedom NH has collected stories from transgender folks across the state. You can read the stories (and share your own!) here.
SUPPORT FREEDOM NH
Freedom NH is a part of the ACLU of New Hampshire. You can make a donation to Freedom NH by writing a check out to "ACLU NH" with "Freedom NH" on the memo line. Send checks to:
Teatotaller will be donating 20% of their online sales on Tuesday 11/28 directly to Freedom NH! If you didn't get a chance to stop by their Somersworth shop this weekend, you can buy these fabulous t-shirts and some of their super-giftable tea cartons from Teatotaller's online shop (and support a great organization!)
4. Check out the other organizations that were nominated for QTBLGiving Tuesday
Our readers say: "Under excellent musical direction, the Gay Men's Chorus gives concerts featuring a wide variety of music in cities and towns around the state. They always draw big audiences and give to their fans 110%. They're one of the state's finest artistic resources."
Boston Pride is partnering with Waves Ahead, an organization supporting Puerto Rico's vulnerable and marginalized communities, to provide relief to LGBT folks still struggling to recover from September's major storm.
SUPPORT WAVES AHEAD
Learn more about the campaign and make a donation here.
// About The Outboard //
Based in New Hampshire's Seacoast area, THE OUTBOARD is a biweekly e-newsletter of local LGBTQ events and resources. We aim to build an intergenerational and inclusive community by connecting queer + bi + gay + trans + lesbian folks and friends around the Seacoast and beyond.