It takes a village to launch a housing project, so we are excited about your interest! We understand that community members have many different strengths and different levels of time and resources to contribute. Below is more information about some of the ways to get involved in Project Fierce Chicago:
Volunteers donate hours for a specific time period or for a particular project. Current volunteer opportunities include: soliciting in-kind donations, developing print media, tabling at community events, planning fundraisers, legal and real estate research, etc. Once we open our doors, volunteer opportunities will include things like: Providing programming in the space, providing supervision and support for residents, case management, facilitating classes and workshops and establishing and maintaining a community garden. If you are interested in volunteering, please tell us more about your interest here.
Collective Members are crucial to the sustainability of the project! Members volunteer with the project each month, attend quarterly meetings, and donate to the project monthly. We are open to suggestions around what your collective membership will look like, but these are are general parameters: Collective members commit to donating between $20+ per month and 8-10 hours of volunteer time per month. If you might be interested in becoming a collective member, please tell us more about yourself and your interests so that we can get to know you! We look forward to collaborating with you.
The Leadership Team is a small group of dedicated individuals that are tasked with day-to-day responsibilities related to establishing and eventually operating our housing program. Leadership team members attend all collective meetings bi-weekly, assist with making decisions about the space and programming and dedicate approximately 30 hours per month to PFC. Leadership team members are currently working on researching and applying for grants and other funding opportunities, gathering information on legal considerations such as zoning, recruiting collective members and volunteers, building a social media presence and planning for the purchase of a home. The leadership team is currently full, but we plan to expand it in the future.
Sustainers are people who contribute to financially. Even if you don’t have the time to be a collective member or volunteer, you can be a crucial part of creating transitional housing for LGBTQ youth.
- Sponsor a youth leader: For $50/month (or $600 a one-time donation), you can support a youth in being a part of of PFC’s collective. In order to be truly responsive to community needs, we need to have young folks involved in every level of this project. Your contribution will help them sustain themselves while developing their leadership and gaining useful job skills. You will be highlighted in our e-blast newsletter and receive a PFC t-shirt.
- Buy a monthly CTA pass for a resident: For $100/month (or a one-time donation of $1,200) you can help one of our residents job hunt, go to school, and access medical care all month long by funding their transportation. You will recieve the above benefits and be featured on our website, and in our annual report.
- Pay utilities for the house for one the month: For $250/month (or a one-time donation of $3,000) will pay to make sure there is heat in the winter and lights to read by. You will receive the above benefits and also be featured on our “family tree” mural in the finished community home
- Fix up our house: For a $5,000 donation will allow us to fix up a home so that young people can live in it. In addition to the benefits above, you will be able to name one of the rooms in our community home!
- Pay a down payment: A $20,000, will help us house youth sooner. We will use the money as part of our initial purchase, allowing us to buy a home much sooner than is possible right now. In addition to the benefits listed above, you can name our community home.