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Metro Inclusive Health honored as Lightning Community Hero

Metro Inclusive Health will receive a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation.

TAMPA, Fla. โ€” In honor and celebration of Pride Month, the Tampa Bay Lightning honored Metro Inclusive Health as the newest Lightning Community Hero. The announcement came during the first period of tonight’s game against the New York Rangers. In acknowledgement, Metro Inclusive Health received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program. The program is presented by Jabil.

Did you know? Metro Inclusive Health is an organization that provides quality health and wellness services that are inclusive, relevant, supportive, and benefit all of the diverse people in our community. Moreover, they provide social activities and classes, support groups, counseling and more. As of now, the work they do supports more than 5,000 individuals per year.

Soon, the grant will be used to support Metro Inclusive Health to continue to fulfill its mission. The money will be allocated to their LGBTQ+ Youth programming, specifically. These programs support teenage individuals throughout Tampa Bay who identify as LGBTQ+. They also invite allies to attend. This creates a safe space for social meet-ups and support groups, as well. To start, funding will enable a more robust advertising campaign and help with staffing costs. Overall, the objective of the program is to support youth and provide a place for young people to be their authentic selves in a judgement-free atmosphere.

Last night, Metro Inclusive Health became the 500th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12. The program represents a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community.


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