Orlando – The Orlando Magic Youth Fund has donated $35,000 to the Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations working together to support LGBT youth in Central Florida.
Over the past two dozen years, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF), has distributed more than $18.5 million to local non-profit organizations.
“We are so grateful for this support from OMYF and MFF because the $35,000 will allow us to easily add shelter beds for our community’s LGBT youth,” said Dexter Foxworth, director of the Zebra Coalition, in a media release. “Last year we housed 34 youth and provided outreach services to more than 2,000 additional youth.”
The donation will be used to increase bed capacity at the Zebra House, the coalition’s headquarters and youth drop-in center. According to the Zebra Coalition, the funds will also be used to provide food, clothing, laundry and shower facilities. Right now, the average cost to shelter a youth for one month is $500.