By empowering and mobilizing people at the grassroots level, HRC Greater Philadelphia aims to create impactful change, providing advocacy for HRC’s mission and work on the ground. HRC Greater Philadelphia is a dedicated team of volunteers who use their experience and talents to develop a more affirming, inclusive, and equitable community.
In addition to educating the public about the issues that affect LGBTQ+ people and their families, HRC Greater Philadelphia works to engage LGBTQ+ people and allies in the fight for equality, raise money to fund HRC’s work, build strong relationships with local businesses and like-minded organizations, and turn out voters to elect pro-Equality candidates into office. Members of the HRC Greater Philadelphia Steering Committee serve as co-chairs of different program committees and bring their skills and talents to the work. Each program focuses on different aspects of HRC’s work in the community, such as fundraising, community engagement, expanding membership, volunteer recruitment, and political action.
Through these programs, volunteers can engage and develop their skills in relationship-building, public speaking, strategic planning, volunteer management, stewarding donors, lobbying, event-planning and social media communications. We accomplish our work plans by working closely with HRC staff partners, who provide volunteers with expertise, training, and leadership development.
The “Greater” in our Steering Committee’s name means that our reach spreads far beyond the city limits. Born out of a strategic need in the aftermath of the 2016 election, our neighboring HRC-Bucks County team has matured into a critical hub of HRC activity, with regular community-focused events, election campaign efforts and many other volunteer opportunities.
Farther afield, our dedicated teams of volunteers – in Philadelphia’s other suburban counties, the Lehigh Valley, Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware – provide crucial grassroots support to this crucial swing state.
Our Greater Philadelphia volunteers are working partners, operating in tandem, and coordinating our efforts to strengthen our work toward equality in Pennsylvania and beyond.