In honor of Pride month and Juneteenth, we donated 15% of our June website sales to Evergreen Health. We support Evergreen because we believe know that discrimination in healthcare is a very real barrier for people who are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and LGBTQ+. We believe that EVERYONE should have access to healthcare that is high quality, compassionate, and inclusive.
According to their website, "Evergreen Health fosters healthy communities by providing medical, supportive and behavioral services to individuals and families in Western New York — especially those who are living with chronic illness or who are underserved by the healthcare system. [Evergreen Health] envisions a future in which all Western New Yorkers have access to affordable healthcare in an environment that is inclusive, compassionate, respectful and judgement-free; that honors diversity and life experience; and that empowers patients to lead healthier, happier lives."
Evergreen has been providing healthcare (including medical, behavioral, and supportive services) for a diverse community for a long time, but now MOCHA Buffalo is officially part of Evergreen, providing services for LGBTQ+ people of color in particular! And following the discussions happening around the recent Juneteenth holiday, we know that legal freedom and recognition are a step in the right direction but there is a great deal more than needs to be done in our communities for real racial and gender equality in terms of economics, education, housing, healthcare, etc.
Know that part of your website purchases are going to Evergreen, but we also encourage you to make your own donations as well!