COLUMBIA, S.C. — It’s a Thanksgiving to remember for staffers and board members at the Harriet Hancock Community Center, the non-profit that provides a variety of services for the Palmetto State capital’s LGBT community.

The group has received a $10,000 grant to work with LGBT youth across the state, the board announced on Thursday. The Freeman Foundation’s grant also includes a dollar-for-dollar matching fundraising challenge up to $5,000.

The center plans to use the funds to expand its twice-monthly youth activity group, Youth OUTLOUD. The group provides LGBT young people safe spaces and support, overseen by trained facilitators and a licensed counselor.

“Today more than ever, with intense bullying and¬†tragically¬†high rates of reported suicides, our next generation of GLBT youth really need the support of our entire community,” the center board said in a statement.

All matching grant contributions must be received by April 1, 2012. The center’s board says all funds will go directly to Youth OUTLOUD programming.

For more information, visit scpride.org/The_Center.html or call 803-771-7713.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.