Embracing the hectic holidays

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This is the holiday season but our sluggish economy doesn’t seem to be having any effect on the holiday schedule.

Just in the LGBT nonprofit community alone, there are more parties and fundraisers planned than I’ve ever seen. From Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s TOY, which rolls out this weekend at a new venue, to Independence Business Alliance’s holiday party and oh-so-many in between — even a Christmas Eve party this year — the community’s going to be out and about a lot this month. Add to that the corporate and personal parties, and it’s a very busy season.

Then there are always the people who are not as connected. This is a good time to start that involvement. There is no reason for people in our community to not be connected unless that’s how they want it. There is a waiting family for you at many of our organizations, chief among them our incredible William Way LGBT Community Center, the heart of the community. The center has programs for almost any taste — from joint programs for LGBT youth with The Attic Youth Center to Silver Foxes and its SAGE programs for seniors and everything in between.

And if you’re looking to give back this season, you can volunteer at William Way or any number of community organizations.

While I might complain about my hectic schedule, I’m able to look back and remember a time when none of those support systems above existed. And think, I’ve just touched the surface of the scores of organizations that serve our LGBT community each day. That puts me in a festive and thankful mood. To all, thank you.