Charlotte Pride to kick off 2021 events with community-wide Weekend of Service, Aug. 21-22

Organization will host three service opportunities and clothing drive, encourages community organizations to plan and submit their own

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride, the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas, will kick of its 2021 Charlotte Pride Season and 20th anniversary events with a community-wide weekend of volunteer service and community support. The Charlotte Pride Weekend of Service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21 and Sunday, Aug. 22. The weekend is envisioned as an opportunity for the LGBTQ community and its allies to give back to the city and our neighbors after the struggles and challenges experienced through the pandemic.

Charlotte Pride-hosted service projects:

Charlotte Pride will host three service projects. Community members are invited to register to participate. The three events include:

  • Farm support at the Urban Farm at Aldersgate, Saturday, Aug. 21, 9am-12pm
  • Statesville Ave. Clean-Up in partnership with Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Saturday, Aug. 21, 9am-12pm
  • Phone Bank for Equality, a virtual service opportunity, Sunday, Aug. 22, 5-7pm

More information on each of these service opportunities and links for volunteer sign-ups can be found online at https://charlottepride.org/service/.

Charlotte Pride Clothing Drive & Free Store:

Charlotte Pride will extend the spirit of its service and solidarity throughout August and September with a clothing drive. Brand new or gently used clothes will be accepted starting Aug. 21 through Sept. 12 at a variety of LGBTQ-friendly businesses and other locations in town. Encouraged donation items include masculine clothing in smaller sizes, feminine clothing in larger sizes, and items for business/professional wear. Donors may also purchase and donate brand new, unopened packs of underwear and socks of any size, including those for children. Collected materials will be made available at the Charlotte Pride Free Store, hosted during the Pop-Up Pride Festival on Saturday, Sept. 18. More details for the Clothing Drive, including donation locations, will be announced soon online at https://charlottepride.org/service/.

Community groups invited to plan their own service projects:

Charlotte Pride is inviting community organizations, faith groups, school and student groups, businesses and employee associations, and informal groups of friends to organize and host their own volunteer community service projects during the Charlotte Pride Weekend of Service. Examples of projects submitted so far include a pop-up market for transgender and gender-nonconforming community members, a sorting event for a local queer youth clothing closet, and a school supply drive.

Community groups can find more event examples and submit their planned service project for inclusion in the weekend online at https://charlottepride.org/service/.

Charlotte Pride’s Weekend of Service kicks off the organization’s four-month Charlotte Pride Season, a unique change to Charlotte’s annual in-person Pride festivities, which were cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020. Other events during Charlotte Pride’s 20th anniversary year include an annual interfaith service on Sept. 12, a concert event on Sept. 17, a “pop-up” festival on Sept. 18, and the annual parade on Oct. 24. More details on these events will be announced soon. For more information on Charlotte Pride Season, visit https://charlottepride.org/pride2021/.

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ABOUT CHARLOTTE PRIDE:
Charlotte Pride is the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Charlotte Pride presents and collaborates on programs, projects, and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Charlotte Latinx Pride, Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Women’s Pride, Charlotte Pride Interfaith Programs, and Reel Out Charlotte, The Queen City’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival, among others. Since its founding in 2000, Charlotte Pride has expanded its year-round programming and partnerships to better connect community members with its mission, vision, and values. Charlotte Pride is now one of the largest LGBTQ Pride organizations in the American Southeast.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2021

Media Contact: Matt Comer, matt@charlottepride.org