“They really rolled up their sleeves. They helped us clear all the brush in the backyard. We now have a beautiful patio. And they painted the front of the building and helped us clear all the overgrowth from the front of the building,” said Luigi Ferrer, Pridelines’ programs and grants development director. “Several of them helped to load garbage and construction debris onto trucks to be taken to the landfill. All in all they made it possible for us to be ready for our event during Winter Party Festival next week.”
The volunteers came to Pridelines’ new location, 6360 NE Fourth Ct., on Saturday, Feb. 20. “It’s great that to have the community come out and support our new community center,” Ferrer said.
“OUT Miami Days of Service are community-wide, large-scale volunteer projects that benefit our strategic partners — all of which are local LGBT-serving nonprofits,” said Jaime Bayo, the foundation’s executive director. “We're thrilled to have kicked off the Days of Service program this year with this important project for Pridelines and to have been able to mobilize a critical mass of volunteers to join us today. We had a great time coming together as a community to support Pridelines.”
Pridelines mission is to “support, educate and empower South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the community at large in safe and diverse environments through affirming programs and services to promote dialogue, wellness and foster social change,” according to its website. Founded in 1982, the group has outgrown its current space in Miami Shores and is moving to a new complex in Miami’s Upper East Side.
OUT Miami “Our mission is to build an engaged, philanthropic LGBT community in the Greater Miami area,” according to its website.
To view a Facebook photo album from the Feb. 20 Pridelines cleanup, click here. Photos by Maria Amado and provided by OUT Miami Foundation.