I became a Center volunteer because I understand it takes many moving parts of an operation in order for its mission to be accomplished. I have also personally experienced a time of need for community support when my family rejected my whole self (one part of that whole—me being gay), and I experienced times of homelessness.
Being in need and being part of a community that supports you 100 percent for who you are gives you a true sense of belonging and validation. Through volunteering, I’ve learned how much more thankful I am, how much I enjoy being able to give back, and how doing my part helps to empower others in my community..
Volunteering has also opened my eyes to the LGBTQ community of Los Angeles and confirmed that we are truly a community of happy individuals supporting each other. It has been very reassuring.
For anyone thinking about volunteering for the Center, I say take your thoughts of service to the next level and put it into action at least once. You’ll feel the tug to come back and help more soon enough.
Hometown: Los Angeles
Year Started Volunteering: 2019
Volunteer Positions: Pride Pantry Delivery; Youth Clothing Drive; Seniors Angels Delivery