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Frank Leonzal

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Review for Rainbow Center, Tacoma, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Board Member

Review for Rainbow Center, Tacoma, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Board Member

Review for International Association of Lesbian & Gay Pride Coordinators, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Currently serving as the Region 2 Director for InterPride has allowed me to see first hand the vital role this organization plays in helping to build community within North America and World Wide.
As Festival Organizer for The Tacoma Rainbow Center-Out In Tacoma, our membership has allowed us to network and build long lasting relationships with other Pride Organizations, Given us valuable education opportunities on the regional and national level as well as connected us with National and International Sponsoring businesses.

Beside promoting Pride within communities around the globe InterPride also work on the issue of Human Rights. Until all people have EQUALITY/HUMAN RIGHTS none of us do. This is based on not only Sexual Orientation/identity but all areas of Human Rights.
While many in parts of the world enjoy more equality, others fight and die daily for just being whom they are.
It is up to all of us as Pride Organizers and Individuals to promote Human Rights for ALL on all levels daily.

Role:  Board Member & Helped inform every day people about the issues of GLBTI people around the world.

Review for Rainbow Center, Tacoma, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

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

Role:  General Member of the Public & Former Board Member and Center Supporter.