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June 11, 2013
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June 11, 2013
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I enjoyed volunteering but I went to sign up someone for the Oasis center and the child refused to sign the discriminatory policy. I first found this insulting, but later read it and understood the child. Oasis does not allow straight people, a discriminatory act. However, they are funded by the government, so it is illegal to discriminate, even against straight people. Kind of a backwards way of thinkg, isnt it? Because the gay population was discriminated against, they are now discriminating against straight and using public taxes. Not quite fair, is it?

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take out the policy saying straight people cannot go to Oasis. It is discriminatory and rude. Dont you want everyone to learn about the gay population and teach fairness and love? Discrimating is not love.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 29, 2012
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June 29, 2012
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As a regular tuesday afternoon volunteer, I have been profoundly impacted by the sensitive, caring, compassionate nurturing, understanding, and help that the RC staff extends to absolutely every person who calls or walks through our door no matter their gender, sexuality, race, economic, or educational position in the world. If only staff and programs could be cloned to allow the rest of the community to learn from them. Cheryl

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me with my transition, helping others, providing support and education to the entire community not just the LGBT community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I won the lottery I would build them a larger more user friendly space which would allow expansion of services and programs

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I honestly don't know because I always feel so appreciated for what little I am able to do

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I'm "old" (66) and trans. I am accepted for who I am and what I can offer. I really have not ever lacked for self confidence but I do believe that the RC experience has helped me feel more at home in my community

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

fulfilled

June 28, 2012
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June 28, 2012
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The Rainbow Center provides tremendous support and and access to information and meeting space in the Tacoma area. In addition being the only LGBTQ center in the entire Puget Sound Region. They provide meeting space for many varied segments of the LGBTQ communities. This is an invaluable service. In addition they gather and distribute an incredible amount of information and services to help those individuals in these varius communities. The leadership run the center very efficiently in all the volunteer endeavors I have participated in with them. The Rainbow Center is an invaluable resource for our community and runs very efficiently.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 28, 2012
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June 28, 2012
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Wonderful interaction with those that come to the center. Staff always pleasant and helpful with resources to help empower those that come to the center.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 28, 2010

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August 28, 2010

As the primary co-founder and twice board chair person for the Gender Alliance of the South Sound, (G.A.S.S.), it has been my great pleasure to have worked with the many wonderful people who have stepped up either as ED's, Assistant ED's, Temp ED's, board members or other Center volunteers. Every one of them, to a person, were truely angels to our cause. Our work here in Pierce County really has only begun, and our current economic climate, however long it will last, is inarguably a temporary situation. The future of TBLG people in our country is nearing it's hey-day as laws respecting our civil rights and full access to public accomidations continue to be passed at ever increasing rates, and laws which support those who would victimize our people are being dismantled, the resonances of which are opening doors into the minds of less supportive citizens everywhere. We must not give up our fight. The Rainbow Center of Tacoma / Pierce Co. has provided the greatest of all opportunities to our transgender organization for which we will always be grateful. Time, space, and a multitude of other services too numerous to mention have allowed this South Sound Transgender organization to grow like we only dreamed was possible. We have much work to do in the years ahead, and just like the Rainbow Center, the work en-cue will always exceed the volunteer efforts available. But press on we must, for to give up on the change happening in front of our eyes is to give up on all those who've sacrificed the best years they had for our cause. After almost a decade of association with the Rainbow Center I look forward to The rest of my future here in Tacoma and my knowledge that it and the entire TBLG community will always be a big part of my life. Misha Balch.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The support of the transgender community as much more inclusive in the life of the greater TBLG community than can be said in most parts of our country or of our world.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 2, 2009

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June 2, 2009

I have served as an intern here at the Rainbow Center since the last part of March; in that time, I have learned a great deal about serving needs withing GLBT communities, working as a team player, and a number of other things I would not have learned had I not had this opportunity. It has been challenging and very rewarding and has truly enriched my life, and working with excellent professionals like Aimee and Andre has made it even more complete.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the look of relief that often accompanies a patron when they've had a chance to talk out an issue they're having,or when they've stepped onto more secure ground because they've been pointed to a resource that is very much needed.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would hire Andre and Aimee outright and pay them to continue to do the job they're doing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The learning, the new things, and getting to know some new people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All very friendly and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve more people more extravagantly.

Ways to make it better...

If I'd only had a little more confidence in my learning ability and not been so self depreciating.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

There doesnt' seem to be as much community support as there should be.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope the Rainbow Center is areound for a long, long time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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