Northeast Ohio Colleges Celebrate Eight Years of Service to Cleveland Pride

Northeast Ohio Colleges Celebrate Eight Years of Service to Cleveland Pride
The Northeast Ohio Alliance of College/University GSAs (NEOHA) has partnered with Cleveland Pride since 2009, creating valuable friendships, mentorships, and professional networking opportunities. This volunteering and fundraising collaborative gives the organizations further resources to continue their grassroots efforts and educational initiatives. 

This year, Cleveland Pride is pleased to continue our 8-year partnership with NEOHA for our 28th Parade and Festival on June 24th. These LGBTQIA organizations* volunteer at the event by selling pop and water throughout the day’s festivities. The money collected from the sales goes back to these groups for them to use in their own programming and education initiatives, generating over $55,000 since 2009.

Amidst the fast-paced nature of these booths, students walk away having made new friends and contacts from other local schools. Because many of these student groups receive little to no budgets, this collaboration enables them further funding plus professional development opportunities they would otherwise be unable to afford. For example, LGBTS-Global at Stark State College has partnered with Cleveland Pride for the past several years, which gave group members the chance to attend national LGBTQ conferences in Illinois and Indiana. “These have been amazing, life-changing experiences,” said Jennifer Mills, a student leader in LGBTS-Global.

Outside of the pop and water sales, Cleveland Pride offers an array of opportunities for community members to get involved from setup all the way to tear-down. Local businesses are also encouraged to participate by marching in the parade or hosting a booth. Cleveland Pride Inc.’s volunteer coordinator, Jamal Davidson, stated “Pride, in any city, has always been a time to come together and share love and support for one another. Volunteering is a great way to show that support.” For more information and to participate in Cleveland Pride 2017, go to our website www.clevelandpride.org. Questions can be directed to executiveboard@clevelandpride.org. Come to Voinovich Park on June 24th and join the movement. “This is YOUR pride and we cannot make it a success without you,” Davidson said.

*Past participants include:
Baldwin Wallace University
Capital University
Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University – Law School
Case Western Reserve University
Hiram College
John Carroll University
Kent State University
Lorain County Community College
Stark State College
Cuyahoga Community College
University of Akron
University of Akron Wayne College
College of Wooster
Youngstown State University