CHEER Seattle proudly raises spirits, awareness, and funds for people living with life-challenging conditions in the LGBT community and beyond. Every year, CHEER Seattle selects a local non-profit that shares our philosophy of health & wellness. Throughout the season, CHEER Seattle participates in various events that help raise funds and strongly relies on generous donations from our patrons. Get a glimpse of our previous beneficiaries.
2019-2021 | GenPride
GenPride empowers older LGBTQ+ adults to live with pride and dignity by promoting, connecting, and developing innovative programs and services that enhance belonging and support, eliminate discrimination, and honor the lives of older members of our community.
GenPride offers programs and services such as online classes, wellness and health programs, and other opportunities for older LGBTQ+ adults to meet likedminded individuals. Most recently, they have been establishing an LGBTQ+ Affirming & Affordable Senior Housing on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.
2018-2019 | Entre Hermanos
To promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy, and community building.
About Entre Hermanos
Entre Hermanos came into being by the initiative of a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Latinos/as that saw the need for social, educational, and health support services in their community in the spring of 1991. By December of 1992, the group was organized and carried out various activities to raise funds to cover its operating costs. These activities were done in cooperation with the Washington Latino AIDS Coalition, a group affiliated with People of Color against AIDS (POCAAN). In April of 1993, the group functioned independently, directing several activities for the community. That year, Entre Hermanos affiliated itself with POCAAN, a nonprofit organization the offers prevention and educational services against HIV/AIDS for people of color. In May of the same year, we held our first contest to elect a Latina Queen. That same summer, we incorporated a lesbian group and participated for the first time in Seattle’s LGBT Pride Parade.
2017-2018 | The Northwest Network
The NW Network increases our communities’ ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgender, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.
About The Northwest Network
Founded in 1987 by lesbian survivors of battering, the NW Network works to end abuse in our diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. As an organization founded by and for LGBT survivors, we’re deeply committed to fostering the empowerment of all survivors of abuse.
We offer a positive vision. We help individuals and communities build loving and equitable relationships.
Our services are survivor-centric. We work with LGBT survivors to strengthen their own social networks and actively resist abuse.
Our roots are in the community. LGBT people’s intimate relationships and experiences of victimization have been dismissed as marginal, unnatural or insignificant. As one of only a handful of LGBT-specific domestic violence agencies in the United States, we bring the experiences of LGBT people to the forefront of our work.
We’re keyed into the complexities and full diversity of LGBT people. Regardless of your gender, identity, race, religion, cultural background or kink, we’re available for you.
Our direct services are all free and confidential. We also offer resources for organizations and providers working in the field.
Our values are evident in all we do and guide our work with survivors, the community and other providers.
2016-2017 | Lambert House
Lambert House empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills.
About Lambert House
Lambert House began in the early 1980's as the Association of Gay and Lesbian Youth Advocates (AGLYA), a group of youth and youth supporters who came together in order to create ways for sexual minority youth to meet. On May 1, 1981 AGLYA became the first social service organization 100% dedicated to LGBTQ youth to receive 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.
In 1991 AGLYA seized an opportunity to lease an old Victorian house in Capitol Hill, Seattle's LGBTQ neighborhood. In 1993 AGLYA was renamed Lambert House after Gray Lambert, a local LGBTQ youth advocate who helped secure funding to find the organization a more stable home. Gray Lambert died of HIV/AIDS related complications in August of 1991.
Within two years the board hired the first paid staff members. Today, Lambert House has a national reputation as a leading organization in the Northwest for queer youth.
2015-2016 | The Sparkle Effect
To ignite a social inclusion revolution by empowering students nationwide to create spirit teams that bring together students with and without disabilities in equal measure and on equal footing.
About The Sparkle Effect
According to research released by Varsity Brands, students with higher levels of school spirit perform better academically, are more civically engaged, and are happier in general than their less-spirited peers. Spirit builds relationships, provides a sense of belonging, and helps forge common bonds that last beyond the high school years. Spirit connects everyone.
More than five million students with disabilities attend public schools in the United States. Yet, most school sports and activities fail to accommodate these students. As a result, students with disabilities are often sidelined — excluded from school sports and the critical social opportunities they offer.
Young People Matter
Young people raised with inclusive classrooms, activities, and social groups are more likely to develop an early appreciation of disability as a natural part of life, rather than an exception to the norm. And, the fact is, only one group is positioned to include students with disabilities: other students.
2015-2016 | Camp Ten Trees
Camp Ten Trees strives to create a socially-just, youth-empowered camp community for youth of LGBTQ and nontraditional families, LGBTQ youth, and their allies.
About Camp Ten Trees
Camp Ten Trees is a nonprofit residential camp in Washington State. Camp Ten Trees was founded in 2000 by four co-directors and offered its first summer camp session in August 2001, serving just 20 campers. Since that time, we have served campers from throughout the United States and beyond. Camp Ten Trees is a place for diverse youth who share common experiences to come together and form a community that is truly their own. In addition to traditional camp activities like swimming, archery, and nature hikes, campers engage in age-appropriate workshops exploring identity, issues of oppression/privilege, youth coalition building, social justice, and more.