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Volunteer Event w/ happy period DC & #lunchbagdc
Good afternoon, gentlemen! We had a GREAT time volunteering with Happy Period DC and, by happy coincidence, ran into another volunteer group, #lunchbagdc, and helped out with their efforts as well. While there, we discovered that the two groups meet in the same location once a month to put together hygiene kits for homeless women (Happy Period DC) and lunch bags of free food for homeless men, women, and children (#lunchbagdc). I got some great feedback from Meetup attendees and the organizers of the volunteer groups were very appreciative of our help. I thought since it went so well and a few folks expressed an interest, we could have a regular, monthly Meetup to work with these groups. I hope you guys can find at least one Sunday before the year ends to join us in giving back. It’s a great feeling and there is a great need. If for whatever reason you aren’t and won’t be available, I strongly encourage you to find other ways to give back to your community. It could be as simple as using the hashtag, #lunchbagdc in some of your social media posts and help bring awareness to their cause and their efforts. I don’t have a registration link for #lunchbagdc but they had no problem with accepting on the spot help. I have included a link for Happy Period DC below but they also didn’t seem to be sticklers about it so even if you suddenly find yourself available at the last minute, please feel free to come through. Hope to see you guys soon! Wanna join me on Sunday, November 25?

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The Sum of Us is a Meetup dedicated to creating a safe space for black men who love men. Our meetings will range from purely social events like happy hour, paint and sips and game nights, to in depth conversations, facilitated groups and workshops, to special events, retreats and much more.

The most important thing about this Meetup is that it is not mine, it is ours! I have plenty of ideas for events, activities and venues and will gladly arrange things for us but I don't want to simply prescribe anything to anyone. I want everyone involved to be and feel involved, to make this group your own. What's important to you? What's your idea of fun? What are some conversation topics that interest you? Let's work together to build something we can all enjoy, benefit from and be proud to be a part of.

The primary target audience for this Meetup are black men who love men. However, there will be occasions where others may be invited to participate. So, even if you don't identify as a black man who loves men, don't worry, we got you too! This group is ours and at the same time, the people in your lives who are important to you are important to us so we'll make space for them. Our sum total is greater than our individual parts, so let's come together to be great and do great things.

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