A workforce of 20 GALA members and other Emory alumni and friends volunteered at Lost-N-Found Youth in observance of the 2016 Emory Cares International Service Day on Saturday, November 12th .
This is the second year that GALA has worked with Lost-N-Found Youth, “Atlanta’s leading non-profit with the specialized expertise and dedication to the needs of LGBTQ homeless youth.” Lost-N-Found maintains a crisis support hot-line and youth center, and distributes supplies to the estimated 950 LGBTQ homeless youth who are in Atlanta on any given day.
GALA volunteered in Lost-N-Found’s thrift store, organizing donated goods so that they can be sold. Volunteers organized various sections of the store, including men and women’s clothing, as well as children’s toys, bath and body, home décor, and a large items section.
Volunteers were also shown a video announcement from Rick Westbrook, the Lost-N-Found Director. In a show of support for Atlanta’s homeless LGBTQ population, Westbrook was preparing to spend 48 hours camped out in Ansley Square Mall, relying solely on donations from passers-by to survive. He also announced plans to expand Lost-N-Found’s housing program and youth center, whose attendance surged after last year’s Supreme Court decision.
“I volunteered with Emory Cares on Saturday at the Lost-N-Found thrift store,” said John Van Vlack, 85B. “Their work with homeless youth moved all of us. It was great to connect with Emory alumni while helping this worthy organization.”
For more information on Lost-N-Found, including how to contribute, see their website at LNFY.org.