Arise + Shine Breaks Records, Raises Money for Youth

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This year’s Arise + Shine, hosted at City Works, broke historic records. For the second year in a row, this event was SOLD OUT! And together, we raised over $15,000 for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness!

These vital funds will help United Way Arise Project expand our grants to more individual agencies, which means hundreds of additional queer youth will have access to the support they need. By partnering with the right agencies to create the right tools and programs, we’re investing in future generations and ensuring every young person can thrive.

Current Arise Project partners are working on innovative ways to support LGBTQ homeless youth. Grants support case management services, safe living accommodations, expanded outreach and service areas, improved technology and training for service providers. See our initiative partners.

We’re only able to do this because of your support.

On behalf of all of us at Arise Project and Greater Twin Cities United Way, THANK YOU for making a difference this Pride season.

If you haven’t already had a chance to check out our awesome event pics, be sure to visit our Facebook page.

Family at Arise Project's Arise + Shine event


United Way Arise Project was established to bring caring professionals together to support the lives of LGBTQ homeless youth. This nationally recognized initiative has raised nearly $1 million for local programs that help LGBTQ homeless youth feel safe and on a path to thrive.

The needs of homeless youth in Minnesota and across the nation are great:

  • An estimated 2,500 youth are without shelter on any given night in Minnesota. (Wilder Research)
  • One out of every five homeless young people identify LGBT. (National Coalition for Homelessness)
  • There are only 93 shelter beds available for youth, and only two specifically allocated for LGBTQ homeless youth.

You can ignite action in the LGBTQA community and improve our community. Won’t you join us?

Attendee smiles as he enters Arise + Shine

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