On March 2nd, the Bee’s met at Person Street Bar to help pick our 2015 giving theme. We had a record turn out this year and we were so excited to see so many familiar and new faces.
This year our membership selected “Immigrant Rights” as our giving theme. Immigrants make up one of the largest growing demographics in Wake County, and the Beehive would like to support Immigrant Rights through a grant of $22,000 to $27,000 this year. Immigration in the United States is a confusing and expensive process. Many immigrants are left in a grey area. This community faces public and private sector challenges based on misinformation, prejudice and exploitation of their status. Basic needs can become constant challenges to immigrants. This theme will focus on eliminating barriers that all immigrants in Raleigh encounter, notably fair housing, health care, employment and education and/or addressing misinformation in our community that creates barriers.
Thanks again to everyone who came out to choose this years theme and thanks to Person Street Bar for hosting us. If you’ve got any suggestions or ideas on what this theme could look like feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, if you haven’t made your pledge for 2015, you can do so online by clicking here. Those who have made pledges will be able to vote on who gets our $2,000 Small Grant in late March-early April.