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Utah Pride Center
June 18, 2009

I have been a volunteer at the Utah Pride Center for over two years. As an extremely busy individual with limited time to volunteer, I work with the Pride Center because I believe it is an organization that actually contributes to the community. Whether it is supporting other LGBT groups in the area or working with queer youth groups on the weekends, the Pride Center is one of the only LGBT groups in Utah that has enough resources to reach a broad set of folks in our diverse community along the Wasatch Front. Not only do I enjoy volunteering--in a variety of different capacities, but usually where I am needed most--but I appreciate the friendliness of the staff. It is so nice to go into an office when I get off work where folks appreciate the time I spend there and thank me for it. It feels great to be appreciated. My partner and I volunteer and give annually as well-- while we are not wealthy, we feel that our small gift is the least we can do for an organization that has helped so many of our friends in LGBT Utah.

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

The LGBT community in Utah. The Pride Center is a uniting entity in Salt Lake and you can definitely tell in the way it conducts itself.

Ways to make it better...

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

hope I could run it as well as the folks currently in charge!

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

Feeling like what I am helping out with matters. I have limited time, so feeling valuable as a volunteer is beneficial for me.

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

The staff are the nicest people. I really like all of them-- friendly attitudes, very hospitable. Volunteers are also trained and ready to go.

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

Be stronger and more beneficial than it already is!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer!

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

Like all nonprofits money is an issue. That is why we give annually.

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

I usually don't have glowing things to say about nonprofits, but the Utah Pride Center is a rare gem that I truly appreciate and would suggest to anyone looking to get involved in Utah's queer community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Utah Pride, queer youth groups, administrative volunteering.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
June 5, 2009

I have volunteered for the Task Force in a variety of different ways for over three years. As a concerned individual who likes to use their time wisely, selecting which organization to volunteer for has always been an issue for me, primarily because the goals and focus of the organization must correlate with my own. What I find highly valuable about The Task Force is that it is one of the only national LGBT organizations with a full view of the issues at hand-- it has folks working on everything from transgender specific concerns to hate crimes legislation to, of course, the battle for marriage equality and beyond. When I volunteer with The Task Force I feel like my time is also being held into consideration by great people doing absolutely crucial work. The work I have done specifically is volunteering at phone banks. I work a hectic schedule and phone banks are usually held at night around 6p. It gives me time to get off work and to an office. Not only are we supplied with dinner, but Task Force staff train everyone every time on how to phone bank. Definitely makes me feel very comfortable. Even when the phone conversations are awkward--calling voters in specific areas that are not so LGBT friendly, for example--Task Force staff coach you and make you feel confident to actually have a constructive conversation. Keeps me coming back every time! All in all, the organization is a perfect fit for an individual looking to be involved in all of the issues in a time useful manner. I would definitely recommend getting involved with NGLTF to anyone!

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

the battle for marriage equality, on state and federal levels with different acts of legislation, and by integrating ALL aspects of the hugely diverse LGBT community.

Ways to make it better...

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

Keep it going the way it is!

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

Working with the Task Force is so enjoyable because I feel like I am contributing to the greater good in a totally comfortable environment. The staff treat everyone like family!

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

Friendly, welcoming, very warm! You get to know everyone and become a regular around the office.

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

Be even more beneficial than it already is!

Ways to make it better...

Like I said, the only awkward experiences I've had are phone banking conversations with voters who are not LGBT-friendly. But Task Force staff always coach me how to handle it-- so it becomes an educational experience each time.

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

The non-LGBT friendly world. But The Task Force has been around for decades-- it will continue to prosper.

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

I really enjoy the time I spend here. For someone without a lot of time that is huge.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have worked as a volunteer at many different phone banks for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and for marriage equality campaigns.