RAINBOW FAMILIES NEWS
Thank you to all who participated in this year's INCREDIBLE camping weekend! It was our largest attended camp weekend ever, and during a pandemic no less. We all had SO MUCH FUN.
"What a magical weekend! Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen! I also REALLY appreciated the care and diligence regarding COVID protocols"
"This was our first introduction to Rainbow Families. What a positive, celebratory experience for my partner and I....and our 19 month old!"
"My kids and Imet loads of new and amazing people, good vibes all around. Just what we needed"
Rainbow Families members Shay & Sequoia (and their adorable kiddo) plus our Executive Director, were featured on CBS' Great Day Washington program, and given a surprise donation in the process! Check out the CLIP HERE
Our banking partner, Amalgamated Bank, published this interview today. We envite you to take a look, and learn a bit more about both our organizations.
"There are many questions and concerns a new or prospective parent might have about growing their family. A prospective parent identifying as LGBTQ+ will likely have even more questions or concerns and the answers may be harder to find in mainstream parental courses or prospective parent literature. It may also be hard to find others going through the same journey, who can provide support and understanding throughout the process of growing their family. Some of these questions might include fertility options for same gender or gender nonconforming people; guidance on “coming out” to your children; finding competent, affirming medical providers; finding a skilled attorney who understands the ins and outs of protecting the rights of “non-traditional” families legally. This is precisely where Rainbow Families steps in.....READ MORE
We are happy to introduce you to Emily Hickey as one of our two fantastic summer interns.
Emily is thrilled to join the Rainbow Families team as a summer intern. Originally from St. Louis, MO, she is a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she is studying Journalism and English. Emily believes in the power of storytelling to inspire social change, which motivated her to pursue nonprofit communications work. She’ll be working on Rainbow Families' social media and communications, as well as helping to run the US/Australia Pen Pal program.
From the Board of Directors and myself, we extend sincere gratitude for helping make the 2021 Family Conference a great program for our community. With special presentations by Congressman Mondaire Jones, the Indigo Girls, fantastic workshops and more.... it was a super event with nearly 400 attendees. We look forward to the 2022 Family Conference which will be IN PERSON. Be safe and happy Pride Month!
Catherine Kelly received Rainbow Families' 2021 Volunteer of the Year award at this pas weekend's Annual Family Conference. Catherine is finishing her PhD program at George Washington University, yet still makes time each month to lead one of our longest-standing support groups, the Adoption Support Group. She also coordinated our 2021 Needs Assessment Survey which garnered tremendous results and data for the LGBTQ+ community in/around Washington DC. Hat's Off to You!
Rainbow Families, in collaboration with George Washington University, has created an extensive community needs survey. Data from this will allow Rainbow Families and other LGBTQ service providers to offer the best, most meaningful services possible. If you live in DC/Maryland/Virginia we invite you to contribute - it takes 15 minutes. Thank you. LINK
Our 18th LGBTQ+ Family Conference is May 22 and 23. Registration Opens April 1st. More info here! It will be another fantastic, valuable program - held virtually and available nationally.
When we announced the Pen Pal program two weeks ago, connecting kids with Rainbow Families US with kids with Rainbow Families Australia, we were overjoyed at the response. In a short time we've connected nearly 30 kids! For more info click HERE
The Board of Directors and Executive Director of Rainbow Families are delighted to announce our Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to Catherine Kelly at our upcoming Family Conference, May 22 & 23. Catherine devotes numerous volunteer hours by facilitating support groups, plus taking the lead on our massive endeavor to assess the needs of the LGBTQ+ people in the Washington DC area. You'll have an opportunity to meet Catherine at our Conference - please join us in congratulating her and thanking her for all she does.