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LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH INC
June 13, 2012

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.

The Great!

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

I have yet to meet visitors who haven't been touched by the service they've received. Whether they need a comfortable, non-judging space to vent or just sit and decompress, or talk with a volunteer about how to get involved, every visitor is treated like family. We cherish our community and work hard to see it thrive.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would love to win the lottery and expand its footprint. More space would translate to an even greater impact!

More feedback

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.

MY 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.