What is the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce?
The Chamber is the leading voice for the LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Community in the Greater Houston region.
Mission: The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce accelerates economic opportunity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + business community through a strong network of business allies, innovative programs, strategic partnerships and advance policies that foster economic inclusion and equality.
The Chamber launched in 2016 to ensure representation for the LGBTQ+ Business Community. The organization was founded by Co-Founders Tammi Wallace and Gary Wood. The Chamber is supported by members and Corporate Partners that invest in the mission of the organization.
- Grown every year since the launch of the organization
- Only business organization in the region focused on supporting and growing the LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Community
- Working with the Chamber and the NGLCC, the City of Houston is the first city in Texas to recognize LGBT-owned businesses
- Largest number of Certified LGBTBE® businesses in the State of Texas
Chamber Will Host Holiday Food Drive to Support LGBTQ+ Seniors
"Together we can beat hunger for LGBTQ+ Seniors"
Chamber Will Host Holiday Food Drive to Support LGBTQ+ Seniors
“Together we can beat hunger for LGBTQ+ Seniors.”
HOUSTON, TX (November 3, 2021) – The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce and its supporting Foundation will host a food drive to raise donations to support LGBTQ+ Seniors in need. The food will be donated to Chamber Member, the Montrose Center, to support their holiday boxes for LGBTQ+ Seniors. Together we can beat hunger for LGBTQ+ Seniors.
The food drive will be held on Friday, December 10, 2021, with two drop-off locations (morning and afternoon). Anchor Sponsors for the food drive are Eureka Heights Brewery and SignatureCare ER. The food drive, supported by many sponsors, community partners and media partners, is an opportunity to give back to LGBTQ+ Seniors who have given so much back to the community.
Details about the Chamber Holiday Food Drive can be viewed at http://www.chamberholidayfooddrive.lgbt/.
Last year, the Chamber Holiday Food Drive raised the largest amount of food and funds the Montrose Center has ever received in its history benefitting LGBTQ+ Seniors. Because of the generosity of hundreds of food and virtual donations, the Montrose Center was able to increase the number of Holiday Boxes for LGBTQ+ Seniors, fill up multiple pantries, and had needed food when the Winter storm hit earlier this year.
This year, the need is great to make sure LGBTQ+ Seniors have food on the table during the pandemic and especially during the holidays. For the Chamber, the Holiday Food Drive is about community and giving back during the holiday season. The Chamber is using its resources to bring together business and community to support LGBTQ+ Seniors this holiday season.
"It's incomprehensible that so many of our LGBTQ+ Seniors, who have paved the way for the LGBTQ+ community, will not have food on their tables during the holidays. Yet, this is a problem that is happening in our own backyard because so many LGBTQ+ Seniors in our community face food insecurity, said Tammi Wallace, President & CEO. “We must step up to support them. If we don't as a community, who will? Together, as a community, we can make a difference. The Chamber is looking beyond our "four walls" and giving back, and we are asking the community for your help in supporting the food drive so we can lift up LGBTQ+ Seniors this holiday season."
The holiday season is a time people gather around festive meals to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends, but for many of LGBTQ+ community members, this season can be difficult emotionally and financially. With twice as many LGBTQ+ community members aging alone in relation to their heterosexual and cisgender peers, seniors experiencing food insecurity, face the difficult task of providing a holiday meal while still making sure they have enough groceries for the week.
“Continuing the tradition of filling holiday food boxes this year for LGBTQ+ Seniors would not be possible without the support of organizations like the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Foundation, said Kennedy Loftin, Chief Development Officer, the Montrose Center. “All of us here at the Montrose Center are truly honored that the Chamber has chosen to host, for the second year, a Holiday Food Drive to supply essential items for our annual Holiday Meals distribution.”
Those unable to donate food on the day of the food drive can donate via the Virtual Food Drive at http://www.chamberholidayfooddrive.lgbt/.
About the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce accelerates economic opportunity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) business community through a strong network of business allies, innovative programs, strategic partnerships and advance policies that foster economic inclusion and equality. Learn more at www.houstonlgbtchamber.com.
About the Greater Houston LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The Greater Houston LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in the Greater Houston region through education, research and initiatives that focus on the core drivers of economic prosperity for the LGBTQ+ community. The Foundation works to raise the profile of LGBTQ+ Texans and the impact of the LGBTQ+ community on the economy locally, regionally and statewide. Learn more at www.houstonlgbtqchamberfoundation.org.
Chamber Holiday Food Drive Sponsors
Giving Back Sponsor
Pay It Forward Sponsor
Visit http://www.chamberholidayfooddrive.lgbt/ for a full list of Food Drive Sponsors, Community Partners and Media Partners.
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