CHICAGO — May 31, 2011— June is Pride Month and Walgreens shoppers can show their pride all month long with a donation to help support services at Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) -- one of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) healthcare and social service organizations. Throughout the entire month of June, Walgreens will offer shoppers a scan-at-checkout program, which will offer customers the convenient option of donating directly to HBHC.
"The shared commitment to the community of both Howard Brown Health Center and Walgreens provides new, engaging ways for us to expand our partnership with Walgreens," said Jamal M. Edwards, President and CEO. "Howard Brown Health Center is grateful to Walgreens for their growing support."
Shoppers who donate at Walgreens checkout counter can show their HBHC pride by signing a signature Howard Brown Health Center orange heart that will be displayed in the store.
For more than 20 years, Walgreens has supported and worked with Howard Brown Health Center to promote health and wellness in the LGBT community. "Howard Brown Health Center is an incredible resource to the community," said Glen Pietrandoni, Pharmacy Services Manager of HIV/AIDS Programs. "We look forward to continuing to support HBHC as it revitalizes itself and continues to meet the health care needs of our shared community."
The donation program will be featured at the Walgreens pharmacy inside Howard Brown Health Center as well as locations at the following intersections: Clark and Halsted, Belmont and Broadway, Ridge and Broadway, and Broadway and Waveland.
Funds raised through the scan program will help achieve the $1 million goal for the Lifeline Appeal, which supports Howard Brown Health Center's programs and services for more than 36,000 people annually. For more information about donating, programs or services, please visit www.HowardBrown.org or call (773) 388-1600.
About Howard Brown Health Center
Founded in 1974, Howard Brown Health Center is now one of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning and allies (LGBTQA) organizations. The agency serves more than 36,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse and integrated healthcare and social service system, focused around seven major service areas: primary medical and behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, women's health, elder services, and transgender health. Howard Brown Health Center is a multi-site operation based in Chicago and includes a main health and research center in the Uptown neighborhood, the TRIAD Health practice at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, the Broadway Youth Center, and three Brown Elephant resale shops in Chicago (Wrigleyville/Boystown and Andersonville) and Oak Park.