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April 6, 2013

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July 1, 2012

When I first came into contact with the Rainbow Center it was a small one room space in a United Way building. Today and several years later its is a free standing operation that is supported by its c... more

April 6, 2013

I am not just a current Board Member, I am also a Donor. After the surprise from the Advocate stating Tacoma Washington was the nations #1 Gayest city many were shocked. However this only confirms what many already know. Tacoma is a GREAT place to be right now. Tacoma is lucky enough to have a long continuous running Gay Community Center and this year it is full speed ahead as they along with OASIS Youth Center take the next step in Growth, Longevity and Community Building and move into a new shared space. Although I live in South Hill, SE of Tacoma it is the nearest place to gay life in regards to venues and events. The Rainbow Center has been in the mix for along time now doing many great things to help those who need assistance or those looking to have fun or meeting other people. It has provided myself and family the opportunity to do our small part in community outreach and support for those in need. As time goes on maybe one day there will be a 'center' in my part of the woods, until then I know I always have the Tacoma Rainbow Center and am proud to serve the community by being on its Board and as a ACTIVE Donor.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 1, 2012

When I first came into contact with the Rainbow Center it was a small one room space in a United Way building. Today and several years later its is a free standing operation that is supported by its community and provides many much needed services in today's economic depression as well as many social opportunities. Serving as a Board Member today inspires me when I hear stories of how the center and we as a community work together to make peoples lives better and easier and even possible saving a life.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 23, 2009

It is astonishing and GREAT to see such a city as Tacoma can attain and support one of the best Gay Community Centers in the Pugest Sound area! I am proud to be a citizen of Pierce County and know that there is a place to go to meet new people, have fun, find support and all while being Out And Proud! Bigger cities may call us (Tacoma)names and throw stones, but at least we have a Gay Community Center!!

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

many efforts over the years since moving to Puyallup, Pierce County Washington in 1992. It is a great achievement of our community to have attained and continue to sustain such a vibrent Community Center.

Ways to make it better...

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

As my resources allowed get the word out to as much of Tacoma and Pierce County as possible, to let people know it is here for them.

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

Meeting new people and working on various projects while a Board Member helping it on its path of growth.

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

The current ED (Aimee)and Manager (Andre)are great people, pull of energy and ideas and really passionate about what they do for our community.

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

Buy its own space and not have to worry about rent and the whims of landlords. Probably be able to offer more needed services to the community or colaborate even further with other community groups/organizations to make life better.

Ways to make it better...

More of the community in other parts of Pierce County coming together to support the center and making it bigger, better, and long living.

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

Enough community members as individuals or those in business stepping up to make sure the center continues for generations to come.

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

Everyone needs to step up and do as much as you can as often as you can to support the community as a whole and make sure we never lose our GREAT COMMUNITY CENTER!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 7, 2012

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November 7, 2012

During my life in Pierce County I have been involved with the Rainbow Center in way or another, as a Board Member, supporter and participant. When the former organization that I was the last board member of approached the center board to merge it was met with enthusiasm and excitement. The one condition was I would again join the board- which I did. The center means alot to a great deal of people in many situations and different needs. Our board all believes in its mission, the community believes in our role and also supports the centers efforts. If the center was to vanish it would create a huge void that would be hard to fill. The center and its supporters have done great work and continues to do so while changing many lives for the better.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 28, 2012
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June 28, 2012
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I joined the Board of the Rainbow Center several years ago when I felt that I was ready for board leadership and wanted to give back to my community in a way that felt meaningful to me. During my tenure on the board, I have been consistently impressed with the effort, dedication and results of the team that works there. This is truly a small but mighty organization and one that is very much needed by our community. And, our current Executive Director and staff are the best and most professional that we have ever had. We are blessed to have them!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 27, 2012
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June 27, 2012
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The Rainbow Center is an organization that truly adds to the wealth of our community. It accomplishes this through various education efforts, through direct advocacy and service provision, through the sharing of space with community partners, and through always standing as a beacon hope, reconciliation, and prosperity for the LGBTQ community. The Rainbow Center staff are some of the most hard working, dedicated, and enjoyable people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They truly make this space a home for so many people and should be commended for all that they do for Tacoma-Pierce County. I wholeheartedly recommend that you all take the time to stop by and get to know the Rainbow Center better!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 27, 2012
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June 27, 2012
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I first became involved with the Rainbow Center through a 20-somethings social group. I later started attending a community support and discussion group for transgender men, Tacoma T-Men, hosted at the Rainbow Center. The RC was there for me through one of the most difficult times of my life, my transition from female to male. I've since had the opportunity to give back to this amazing organization as a facilitator for Tacoma T-Men, becoming a member of the Rainbow Center Board of Directors, and by volunteering at many of the events hosted by the Rainbow Center, like Out in the Park and the Black and White Gayla.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 23, 2009

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June 23, 2009

I moved to Tacoma from Seattle back in 2000. In Seattle, it seemed anyway, that the GLBTQ community was far more organized and there were a multitude of things to do whatever my interests. Upon my arrival to the City of Destiny however, there seemed to be little to no real organization - so my personal destiny would do something about it. Luckily the first place I was introduced to was the Rainbow Center - not long after I became a board member in January of 2001 stepping down in Novemember of 2007. My time on the board taught me so much and all those who mentored me in that time are near and dear to my heart. I have seen the RC almost from its humble beginnings - when all we had was an 8'x 8' office in the united way building. Today, there is an 1800 sq foot center, supported almost exclusively by the community. The Board, Staff and Volunteers are leading the way to yet another level of service to all south sound citizens by providing the garden of common ground for all individuals, groups and organizations to come together - work together - live together - grow together and just BE together. As one of the leaders of Out In Tacoma now, when we needed support to continue our mission, we went to our friends at the RC for guidance. Thank goodness for them...there will be a PRIDE in 2009. Leadership takes courage and lots of hard work...the Rainbow Center has both of these qualities in abundance. Thanks RC!

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

Advocacy Work, Leadership Capacity, Resource introduction and maintenance, Budgetary growth, expansion of programming opportunities, and capacity in rallying the troops.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to develop the communities backbone by working with the other organizations in the area to develop expanded social opportunities while establishing itself more visibly as the Advocacy leader.

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

Their ability to listen and then step up to help! In the end if you can't envision the future and how it will be different, one is simply spinning its wheels. The Rainbow Center has a vision worth celebrating that reflects its own communites input.

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

Gracious, Outgoing and Supportive.

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

Buy a permanent community center and devlop more programming to support their important work. I know what the budgets of this organization have looked like over the years...Tacoma's GLBTQ community has evolved organically due to the stewardship of RC.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't personally have to do anything to support my own rights as a citizen of this country. Fortunately the Rainbow Center provides ways for everyone to participate in finding equality. If everyone stepped up to do even simple things...we'd soar!

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

Financial Resources being available to develop a permanent structure to house the community center. Tacoma being a more blue collar town, doesn't have as many deep pockets as some other cities who still struggle with providing the same safe space.

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

Thanks for being there...so many have benefited. I hope all of Tacoma learns of what you do and why it is so important to the emotional, mental and physical health of this whole, entire community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 22, 2009

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June 22, 2009

My experience with the Rainbow Center has been amazing. I have found that all involved with the Rainbow Center, fighting for the cause of equality and providing a safe space for the GLBT community to be invaluable. The energy that the staff, board and those that meet are a powerful force. Thanks for caring and thanks for letting me share. Sincerely, Sean Watson 253-858-2927

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

action. This non-profit walks the walk of the talk they talk.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing.

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

engaging with the GLBT community.

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

all energetic and helpful and loving.

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

change the community and I do believe change the world!

Ways to make it better...

Truly nothing can be done better by this group of caring people. They really do care and it shows.

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

MONEY!

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

I am proud to be associated with such a wonderful group of loving people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 20, 2009

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June 20, 2009

A great organization that is providing a safe place for GLBT youth. The center serves as a referral base for services and gathering in the GLBT community This organization has grown in services and as a community center. Join me in becoming a monthly donor and supporting the work of this important resource

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

the young people who hang out at the center and in the many who have been referred to community resources.

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

The cando attitude of the staff.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 19, 2009

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June 19, 2009

I have been involved with the Rainbow Center for four years. The staff and volunteers are committed to the mission and it really shows. As a board member, I have been proaud to be a part of a great organization!

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

the growth of my community, and the pride in the people that are served.

Ways to make it better...

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

be very busy.

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

the great people!

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

committed and compassionate.

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

change the world.

Ways to make it better...

i had more time to commit to the organization.

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

the same as others, a poor economy

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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