Advocacy, Awareness and Events

RWF volunteers with Mariela Castro at CENESEX in Havana, Cuba.

RWF volunteers with Mariela Castro at CENESEX in Havana, Cuba.

RWF activities increase positive LGBT visibility by demonstrating the LGBT community’s compassion, concern, and leadership by building bridges with the international LGBT and world communities. Our actions change how the world sees LGBT people.

RWF conducts an annual Global Awareness Journey during which we support humanitarian and educational projects, distribute funds and supplies, promote positive LGBT visibility, and provide mutual cultural and political educational opportunities. RWF coordinates projects to promote peace, unity and hope, and awareness of international humanitarian issues.

RWF Humanitarian Aid Journey – annual group tour to a country open to cross-cultural education and interaction; as part of the tour, RWF travelers typically participate in community projects, attend educational presentations, and deliver medical and/or school supplies and equipment.

RWF's Jeff Cotter and Mike Thomas meeting with Senator Diane Feinstein in Washington, DC.

RWF's Jeff Cotter and Mike Thomas meeting with Senator Diane Feinstein in Washington, DC.

RWF Advocacy in DC - RWF travels annually to Washington, DC to advocate for a variety of issues, including basic human rights, global poverty, international HIV/AIDS funding, prevention of violence against women, climate change adaptation assistance for developing nations, and protection of refugee populations. RWF does not initiate or participate in political campaigns or take sides in sectarian disputes.

 

 

 

Volunteers outreach with the RWF Bus of Hope in San Francisco, CA.

Volunteers outreach with the RWF Bus of Hope in San Francisco, CA.

RWF Bus of Hope Project - group bus trips to inner cities and Mexican border towns to deliver food, medications, medical supplies, school supplies, computers, art supplies, and holiday gifts.

RWF World Tree of Hope Project - annual San Francisco-based holiday tree decorating event comprised of origami "crane wishes" contributed by people from around the world and serving as a symbol of global unity to promote peace, love and humanitarianism.

An origami crane with a wish on it on the RWF World Tree of Hope.

An origami crane with a wish on it on the RWF World Tree of Hope.

Designed as the world's most unique holiday tree, people world wide can help decorate the tree by simply sharing their wish for the future. At the invitation of Rainbow World Fund and the Honorable Mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee wishes are sent in from around the world by mail and online at the RWF World Tree of Hope. The wishes are then printed and folded into origami cranes by a diverse team of volunteers including members of San Francisco's LGBT and Japanese American communities, survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, local children, and life-sentence prisoners from San Quentin. The origami "crane wishes" are then placed on the tree. Over three hundred people come together, donating over 2,500 hours to create the tree.