The cast members on Glee aren’t just great singers and dancers; they’re also a super socially-involved, charitable bunch. Each of the cast members has given time and funds to a range of charitable organizations. The group even has their own charity, Glee Give a Note, an arts education foundation which has given millions to schools. Some of the cool stuff the group has been up to:
Amber Riley has acted as a spokesperson for Do Something and the Save the Music Foundation. She also started a PSA campaign on social media to keep music education in schools.
Darren Criss is also an extremely active philanthropist. He’s a spokesperson for Democracy Day. He’s a frequent participant in events for The Trevor Project. He’s performed at charity benefits for organizations that range from AIDS and cancer charities to Toys for Tots. Check out what he had to say about being an out gay role model:
Lea Michele has been active with a number of LGBT Rights and animal welfare organizations. She performed as Janet Weiss in a charity production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show benefiting The Painted Turtle, a camp for critically ill children.
Dianna Agron is a vegetarian and spokesperson for PETA. And, in 2012, she raised over $26,000 in a birthday fundraiser for The Trevor Project.
Chris Colfer has done work for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, and donated adorable doodles to Penny Sprague for Labrador Rescuers fundraising event.
Kevin McHale has contributed to Shane’s Inspiration, an organization which works against prejudice towards kids with disabilities, and is also active with The Trevor Foundation.
This Friday, three members of the Glee cast will continue their charitable works by performing at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Rising Stars Gala. Lea Michele, Darren Criss and Amber Riley will all take the stage to honor people who have made an outstanding contribution to the community in Los Angeles.
Last year, we talked to Jane Lynch about her commitment to the arts in public schools. Click below to hear what she had to say: