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Matthew M.

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Review for Lgbt Center Of Raleigh Inc, Raleigh, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Not long after I moved to North Carolina from Alabama, I found myself longing for a community of not just friends, but those who could personally understand questions of gender identity and expression. When I first stumbled across the LGBT Center of Raleigh in 2010, I knew I'd found exactly what I'd been seeking, and dove in immediately as a volunteer. Over the past two years, I've developed the close friendships I'd dreamed of having--a support network of caring folks who known first-hand the issues LGBTQ individuals cope with on an oftentimes daily basis. With programs for the age-identity-interest gamut--Gay & Gray, Trans Initiative, BInG, Open Mic Night, MClub, First Friday, Youth Coffee House (to name a few)--I've become immensely proud of how quickly the Center has soared. With 2012's OutRaleigh festival attracting nearly 10,000 LGBTQ-ally groups and individuals to Downtown Raleigh, it's clear that the Center is needed and cherished by the LGBTQ community and the Triangle in general. I count myself fortunate to have a hand in building the First Friday Program, as well as serving on the 2013 OutRaleigh Executive Committee. The Center is not just a community center--it's my second home.

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?

Life-changing

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?

Nothing. I cannot put a pricetag or emphasize mightily enough how much this organization means to me.

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

Not only have I developed invaluable skills with regard to understanding 501(c)(3) organizations, but I've made lifelong friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Every single time I volunteer, I get a rush from knowing that I have the ability to help others who are looking for the same things I was seeking when I found the Center.

Role:  Volunteer & In addition to being a general volunteer, I serve as the First Friday Coordinator (LGBTQ arts program) and sit on the OutRaleigh 2013 Executive Committee.