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Rick A.

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Review for Chicago Gay Mens Chorus, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of CGMC since 1998-- next year is my 15th year with the organization. With each passing year, CGMC's artistic excellence has grown significantly, and its membership has grown at the same time. When I joined, we had just over 90 members. We are now at 160 active members. I am proud of our accomplishments since joining - from performing at the IL state capitol for LGBT rights, to singing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs, to performing at area high schools. CGMC is also the place where I have met some of my closest friends, who will be a part of my life forever.

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

Feedback from audience members-- especially those living with AIDS and in need of something joyful and uplifting in their lives. I have also experienced this on the member side, as members tell stories of feeling alone in the world, and finding comfort and friendship while a member of the chorus.

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

Find a way to increase our operating budget through donations and grants.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?


Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Again, having the funds necessary to allow members to enjoy their experience as a member without having to continually pay more into it.

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

Absolutely-- I have no hesitation in saying the experience has been life changing for me. When I first moved to Chicago, I spent a year trying to find my way in my new home. It wasn't until I joined CGMC that I truly felt AT home in the city. It's meant the world to me.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt appreciated, needed, and loved.

Role:  Volunteer & I have been a singer since 1998; I have served on the Board of Directors, Membership Council, and Marketing Committee. .