Leka Romao (Volunteer)

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The more I volunteer, the more I learn about our community. I feel connected to people like me, and I feel useful—like I’m doing something that matters and will make a difference to somebody. There’s no better feeling than coming home after volunteering, knowing I’ve done my best to help the Center help others.

As a videographer, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing many great people of all kinds at different events. It can be very powerful. I’ve had trans kids tell me about suffering from bullying and violence in school, but they feel safe and included at the Center.

When I encourage my friends to come volunteer at the Center, I tell them they can make a difference and help in different and unexpected ways. It doesn’t matter if you’re busy and can only come a few times a year or if you’re willing to take every shift that’s available.

Once you start volunteering, you may think you’re the one helping others but, in the end, it’s your heart that is warm and feeling the love. I couldn’t be more grateful for the Center, all the people I’ve met along the way, and all that I’ve learned so far.

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Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Year Started at Center: 2018

Volunteer Position: Videographer

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