Become a SQSH Star (Monthly Donor)

Our monthly donors are a vital part of SQSH, just like stars are a vital part of our galaxy! As a SQSH Star, you are not only supporting SQSH’s life-saving services, but joining a powerful movement of people committed to queer liberation.

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Srushya Krishnan

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Hello I am a Tamil Language Support on the Queer Immigrant Outreach Team, Grants Editor, and Research Support Specialist volunteer at the St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH). 

I’d like to personally invite you to become a SQSH Stars Monthly Donor .

SQSH is one of the only queer-led local organizations providing identity-affirming mental health support, education, and advocacy for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community. With your help as a SQSH Star Monthly Donor, we would be able to pay our staff members a stable living wage, while continuing to provide lifesaving services everyday. 

SQSH (affectionately pronounced “squish”) is a grassroots, community-based organization focused on providing spaces and support for queer St. Louisans to thrive. Their mission is to serve and strengthen the LGBTQIA+ community in the St. Louis MO-IL Metro Area—by providing empathetic listening, connections to identity-affirming resources, and education and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ needs. For more information about SQSH, visit their website at https://www.thesqsh.org/

SQSH’s work means a lot to me because of how community-driven and impactful it is. Since founding, SQSH has:

  • Taken 180+ calls, providing 120+ hours of peer counseling
  • Maintained and expanded helpline hours amidst the pandemic
  • Catalogued 1,234 resources in our SQSHBook Guide to St. Louis resources
  • Trained 48 peer counselors
  • Provided 100+ hours of presentations and trainings
  • Mobilized 100+ volunteers
  • Distributed $5,000 in funding to support LGBTQ+ youth from unsupportive families

I’m inviting you to become a SQSH Star Monthly Donor, because monthly donations provide consistent support for SQSH. This frees up our capacity to focus on supporting the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community through our programs. As a SQSH Star, you are not only supporting SQSH’s life-saving services, but joining a powerful movement of people committed to queer liberation.

Here’s where your donation would go:

  • $10: Funds one week of community outreach efforts
  • $25: Funds one SQSH volunteer’s weekly stipend
  • $30: Funds one week of rent
  • $50: Funds one month of phone bills
  • $60: Funds one SQSH volunteer’s training costs
  • $75: Funds one month of insurance

SQSH means a lot to me as an LGBTQ ally. Hearing and seeing many of my friends' stories of systemic oppression and institutional inequality due to their marginalized identities, I am passionate about advocating for queer liberation. 

I just graduated with my Master's in Counseling Psychology from Mizzou. My long term goals include getting a PhD in Counseling Psychology and being a college professor, doing research, as well as being a therapist. My research/clinical interests include: domestic/intimate-partner violence, sexual and gender minorities, and South Asian communities.

Thank you for uplifting the LGBTQIA+ community in St. Louis and beyond. Your financial support today will create a positive ripple effect on the queer+ community for days, months, and years to come.

Sincerely,

Srushya Krishnan (she/her)

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$105

2 supporters

Cleo

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1 supporter

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$60

2 supporters

Sara

$30

1 supporter

Jet

$25

1 supporter

Fiach

$15

1 supporter

Lenna

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Chasity

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Kelsey

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Our monthly donors provide a consistent income that requires less capacity to maintain than traditional fundraising events or seasonal campaigns. This means that more of your money can go directly towards supporting the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community in a long-term, sustainable way! Our SQSH stars program focuses on uplifting our community from the bottom up, with a focus on spotlighting our grassroots donors who are often giving the most despite having the least.

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Every small donation adds up to make a big difference!

  • $10: Funds one week of community outreach efforts, allowing SQSH to invest in community events, publicity materials, and awareness campaigns to help us reach rural, BIPOC, low-income, and immigrant LGBTQIA+ communities across Missouri and Illinois.
  • $25: Funds one SQSH volunteer’s weekly stipend, allowing LGBTQIA+ community members to volunteer their time and energy sustainably.
  • $30: Funds one week of rent, allowing SQSH volunteers to take calls in a private, confidential office space.
  • $50: Funds one month of phone bills, allowing SQSH callers to access free, confidential Helpline service.
  • $60: Funds one SQSH volunteer’s training fees, allowing LGBTQIA+ community members to learn peer counseling skills to support others.
  • $75: Funds one month of insurance, allowing SQSH volunteers to take calls safely & securely.
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SATELLITE | $5-$24 per month ($60-$288 per year)

A satellite is a moon, planet, or object that orbits a planet or star. What is community but many intersecting orbits creating one dynamic sky? As a SQSH Satellite, you join a bright network of queer St. Louisans who illuminate SQSH’s values of collective care. Every Satellite’s contribution helps SQSH to strengthen our support for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community. Thank you for joining our orbit as we bring more healers, educators, and advocates into the movement for queer liberation.

As a SQSH Satellite, you will receive:

  • Your profile listed on SQSH’s website and annual report
  • A special digital welcome package, including SQSH Stars e-wallpapers
  • An annual digital thank-you letter

SUNBEAM | $25-$49 per month ($300-$588 per year)

Sunbeams seem to fan out from the sun's position, but actually run parallel to each other like railroad tracks. As a SQSH Sunbeam, you help to shine light into our community’s vision for queer liberation. Every Sunbeam’s contribution helps SQSH to strengthen our support for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community, kindling our hopes for a more just and equitable region.

As a SQSH Sunbeam, you will receive:

  • All the perks of the Satellite tier!
  • An annual printed thank-you letter
  • A monthly raffle entry for a feature on our e-newsletter

STARBURST | $50-$99 per month ($600-$1,188 per year)

Starbursts happen when two galaxies collide and form stars hundreds of times faster than normal. Creating systemic change takes a long time, but SQSH Starbursts help to speed up the process. Every Starburst’s contribution helps SQSH to strengthen our support for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community. Thank you for accelerating the movement towards queer liberation, so that it no longer feels light-years away!

As a SQSH Starburst, you will receive:

  • All the perks of the Sunbeam tier!
  • An invitation to an annual SQSH Stars get-together
  • 10% total discount on SQSH merchandise (coming soon!)
  • 20% total discount on SQSH event tickets or training

SUPERNOVA | $100+ per month ($1,200+ per year)

A supernova is a star that suddenly increases intensely in brightness due to a powerful explosion that ejects most of its mass. As a SQSH Supernova, your contribution creates an explosive impact that paves the way for queer liberation. Every Supernova’s contribution helps SQSH to strengthen our support for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community, catalyzing a new era of progress. Thank you for helping to bring out the intrinsic power that radiates within our community!

As a SQSH Supernova, you will receive:

  • All the perks of the Starburst tier!
  • 30% total discount on SQSH merchandise (coming soon!)
  • 40% total discount on SQSH event tickets or training
  • A special SQSH Stars appreciation postcard from our team

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St. Louis Queer Plus Support Helpline

A 501(c)(3) organization

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