National Volunteer Week 2017: Volunteer Spotlight on Ania Gonzalez-Mora

Ania Gonzalez-Mora

 

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Ania Gonzalez-Mora es una agente de New York Life que lleva viviendo dos años y medio en Miami.
Ania Gonzalez-Mora is a New York Life agent who has been living in Miami for 2.5 years. 

1. Por qué es usted voluntaria?

Soy voluntaria porque es una forma de dar, es una ayuda que se presta desinteresadamente a otros, en este caso a una institución que pone voz a muchos que no son escuchados. OUT Miami defiende los derechos de la comunidad LGBT y la hace visible para toda la sociedad.

1. Why do you volunteer?

I am a volunteer because it is a way of giving, it is an aid that is selflessly given to others, in this case an institution that gives voice to many who are not heard. OUT Miami defends the rights of the LGBT community and makes it visible to the whole society.

2. Cuál ha sido la experiencia más gratificante que ha tenido como voluntaria de OUT Miami?

Mi experiencia de voluntariado ha sido aún escasa, recién comencé y solo he participado en par de actividades pero mi primera vez fue en la conferencia TRANSCON, donde se reunieron muchas personas transgénero y escuchar sus historias, conversar con ellos, eso fue importante para mi.

2. What has been the most rewarding experience you have had as a volunteer with OUT Miami?

My volunteer experience has been scarce. I just started, and I only have participated in a couple of activities but my first time was at the TRANSCON conference, where many people gathered and I heard their stories and talked to them; that was important for me.

3. Podría compartir con nosotros cual es su sueño/deseo para la comunidad LGBT de nuestra localidad?

Esto no solo es para la comunidad LGBT local sino para mi país también, en general para el mundo: me gustaría que no fuera necesaria la existencia de organizaciones defensoras de los derechos LGBT, lo cual parece ser contradictorio, me explico. Si no hubiera discriminación y trato injusto por razones de preferencias sexuales o diversidad de género no sería necesaria la intervención de organizaciones o grupos que prestaran su voz a los que no la tienen. De cierta forma agruparse para poder resistir y defenderse de las injusticias es una forma de separarse, de buscar lugar seguro entre similares y la idea que tengo de un mundo verdaderamente libre e inclusivo no es esa. Por ahora este sueño, que no solo es válido para la comunidad LGBT sino para todos los que han sido y siguen siendo marginados, no es posible, por eso entonces es necesario que haya organizaciones como OUT Miami y personas que donen su tiempo y su esfuerzo para echar para alante el proyecto.

3. Could you share with us what your dream / desire is for the local LGBT community?

This is not only for the local LGBT community but also for my country, in general for the world: I wish we didn't need organizations that defend LGBT rights, which seems to be contradictory, let me explain. If there were no discrimination and unfair treatment for reasons of sexual preference or gender diversity, there would be no need for the intervention of organizations or groups that lend their voice to those who do not have it. In a way, grouping together in order to resist and defend oneself against injustice is a way of separating oneself, of finding a safe place between similar ones and the idea that I have of a truly free and inclusive world is not that one. For now, this dream, which is not only valid for the LGBT community but for all those who have been and are still marginalized, is not possible, so it is necessary that there are organizations like OUT Miami and people who donate their time and effort to move forward.

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Ania junto a otros voluntarios de OUT Miami participaron en nuestro evento social de voluntarios en Latteria Italiana
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Ania trabajando como voluntaria en nuestra oficina durante "Noche de Mujeres en OUT Miami"
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Ania y otros voluntarios de OUT Miami durante nuestra Feria para Voluntarios, Abril 2017
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ABOUT OUT Miami

OUT Miami's mission is to build an engaged, philanthropic LGBT community in the Greater Miami area. We mobilize volunteers, engage philanthropists, and empower LGBT- serving organizations. Learn more at www.outmiami.org 

ABOUT NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

National Volunteer Week (April 22-29) is an annual celebration to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism. OUT Miami is joining this celebration by hosting a series of events to highlight the importance of civic engagement and volunteer work in our community while recognizing the amazing work of our volunteers.

National Volunteer Week Schedule

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Sunday, April 30, 5:15pm: OUT Miami is hosting a film screening of "Women Who Kill", a critically acclaimed movie that will be presented during the closing night of MiFo LGBT Film Festival. You can purchase movie tickets hereYou can also sign up to volunteer here. 

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Lastly, you are always welcome to visit us and volunteer at our new office located inside CIC Miami building. We promise a gorgeous view of the city, a fun and refreshing work area, and infinite appreciation for your time and dedication to OUT Miami. If you are interested in dropping by the office, please email Yeni at yeni@outmiami.org.


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