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.


National Volunteer Week 2017: Volunteer Spotlight on Lawrence Santos

 

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Lawrence Santos is a Bilingual Advanced Technical Support Specialist who has been living in Miami for 24 years. 

1. Why do you volunteer?

I love volunteering every time I get an opportunity to, because since the first time I started volunteering many years ago when I was in high school I learned that by volunteering I'm helping someone in need, and I'm making a positive change in someone's life. And hopefully I can also inspire others to do the same.

2. What has been your most fulfilling volunteering experience with OUT Miami?

I had many great experiences volunteering with OUT Miami, but one of the most fulfilling volunteering experiences was when after we completed our beautification project at the YES Institute, we learned from the staff about everything the Institute does to help our community and how grateful they were to us. And that was a heart touching moment for me because when I was growing up we didn't have places like OUT Miami and many of the other wonderful organizations we have today, and I'm grateful for that.

3. Can you share a dream/hope you have for our local LGBT community?

One of my dreams/hopes is for the LGBTQ community to come together as one strong and caring community, in which every person helps and cares for each other regardless of social status or age, and regardless of whether we are transgender, gay, lesbian or questioning or the way they look, because our community should not have barriers between each other.

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Lawrence volunteered as a Team Leader during OUT Miami's Day of Service benefiting YES Institute, April 2017

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Lawrence was super excited to volunteer and represent OUT Miami during Pride Weekend 2017!

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Lawrence and fellow OUT Miami volunteers during our Annual Celebration of Philanthropy

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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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Thursday, April 27, 8pm-10:30pm: You are invited to OUT Miami's Gay Bingo -Volunteer Appreciation Edition! OUT Miami's volunteers can attend Gay Bingo for free. Volunteers should have received an invitation via mail. You can learn more about this event here

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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.


National Volunteer Week 2017: Volunteer Spotlight on Monique Lay


Monique Lay

 

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Monique Lay is a small business owner, who has been living in Miami for 1 year. 

1.Why do you volunteer?

It's sometimes easy to get stuck in a work grind and not lead an intentional life that is aligned with my beliefs and values. Volunteering allows me to actively put energy into the things I value such as strengthening my connection to my local community. 

2.What has been your most fulfilling volunteering experience with OUT Miami?

  My most fulfilling experience with OUT Miami was becoming a Volunteer Ambassador because it solidified my commitment. 

3. Can you share a dream/hope you have for our local LGBT community?

I hope that increased community engagement positively impacts and enriches the community. 

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Monique volunteereed during TransCon 2017 to support the transgender community in South Florida

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Monique attended an Ambassador Training to become a volunteer leader: so far her favorite OUT Miami experience!

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Monique volunteering during "OUT Miami Girls Night" at the office

 

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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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Thursday, April 27, 8pm-10:30pm: You are invited to OUT Miami's Gay Bingo -Volunteer Appreciation Edition! OUT Miami's volunteers can attend Gay Bingo for free. Volunteers should have received an invitation via mail. You can learn more about this event here

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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.

 

 


National Volunteer Week 2017: Volunteer Spotlight on David Barquero

David Barquero

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David Barquero is a Sr. Clinic Assistant born and Raised in Miami.

1.Why do you volunteer?

It is a lifelong goal to be of service to others and the community.

2.What has been your most fulfilling volunteering experience with OUT Miami?

The Bowtie Bash! It was a marathon for me: unloading, loading equipment from the trucks and cars. Making name tags, sorting out auction tickets, setting up the bars. Helping vendors setup. It felt great seeing that the end product was everyone enjoying themselves and raising money for Out Miami Foundation. 

3. Can you share a dream/hope you have for our local LGBT community?

For community engagement to increase and become a vital part of the Miami LGBT scene. 

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David and other OUT Miami volunteers supporting the transgender community during TransCon 2017

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David attending an Ambassador Training to become a volunteer leader


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David leading an ice breaker exercise as a team leader during our Day of Service with YES Institute

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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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Tuesday, April 25, 6pm-9pm: OUT Miami is hosting a LGBT Volunteer Expo and Networking Night at our Headquarters! The event will take place at CIC Miami, and you can RSVP hereIf you decide to volunteer during the event, please sign up for a shift here. 

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Thursday, April 27, 8pm-10:30pm: You are invited to OUT Miami's Gay Bingo -Volunteer Appreciation Edition! OUT Miami's volunteers can attend Gay Bingo for free. Volunteers should have received an invitation via mail. You can learn more about this event here

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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.

 

 


National Volunteer Week 2017: Volunteer Spotlight on Paola Hornbuckle

Paola Hornbuckle 

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Paola Hornbuckle is a teacher and writer who moved to Miami two months ago.

1.Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer because I am on sabbatical and want to feel useful, give back and make new friends. I feel very strongly about the gay community because my gay uncle and his partner helped raised me and I love them very much.

2.What has been your most fulfilling volunteering experience with OUT Miami?

My most fulfilling experience was leading an ice breaker for my group.

3. Can you share a dream/hope you have for our local LGBT community?

My dream is for LGBTQ community to be more accepted in the traditional, Latino culture of Miami, for there to be no discrimination and full acceptance. 

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Paola recruiting new volunteers at OUT Miami Pride Booth, April 2017

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Paola attended an Ambassador Training to learn more about leadership opportunities

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Paola and fellow OUT Miami Volunteers during the YES Institute Extreme Makeover Service Project, April 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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Tuesday, April 25, 6pm-9pm: OUT Miami is hosting a LGBT Volunteer Expo and Networking Night at our Headquarters! The event will take place at CIC Miami, and you can RSVP hereIf you decide to volunteer during the event, please sign up for a shift here. 

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Thursday, April 27, 8pm-10:30pm: You are invited to OUT Miami's Gay Bingo -Volunteer Appreciation Edition! OUT Miami's volunteers can attend Gay Bingo for free. Volunteers should have received an invitation via mail. You can learn more about this event here

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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. 

cic_office.png

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.


It All Started With OUT Miami

Volunteering has always been an interest of mine, having previously worked in a position that strongly relies on the support of the community. Shortly after moving to Miami in the summer of 2014, I searched for volunteer opportunities specifically in the LGBTQ community, not only to meet new people, but also to fill my time doing something of importance. The very first opportunity I came across was an upcoming day of volunteering with Out Miami at Pridelines.

 

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Signing up at the OUT Miami welcome desk

At the time, being so new to Miami, I was unfamiliar with both OUT Miami and Pridelines, but I immediately jumped on the opportunity. The OUT Miami Volunteer Coordinator contacted me a few days prior to the event making sure I had all the information I needed as a volunteer. They informed me that we would be supporting the Pridelines team as they prepared for the official opening of the new community center.

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With fellow volunteers and Pridelines staff 

From the moment we arrived at the location everyone was warm and welcoming. We were taken on a tour of the newly renovated space and briefly taught about the agency’s role in the community. The remainder of the day was spent painting, pulling weeds, laying mulch, and hanging lights, all while enjoying conversations with the other volunteers. As we were wrapping up, an overwhelming feeling came over me, and I knew I wanted to be a part of this community.

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Hanging up the decorative lights to make their backyard area ready for events 

A few months later as I was on the market for a change in my career, I thought about Pridelines, remembering my OUT Miami volunteer experience. I checked the Pridelines website and to my surprise, there was an opening for the exact job that I had been searching for, and without hesitation I immediately applied for the Executive Assistant position. I was contacted shortly after submitting my resume, and after a few interviews followed by days of consideration, I was offered the position. Excitement doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt on my first day. I purposely mentioned my time volunteering with OUT Miami, so I’m almost certain that it helped me get the job, lol! I’ve now been a member of the Pridelines team for 9 months, and I often walk around the center, knowing that this was something that I helped build alongside other dedicated volunteers, and for that I am so appreciative of the OUT Miami organization. Because through them I was introduced to a community that I’ve grown to love and accept as my own. It all started with OUT Miami!

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Celebrating with Team OUT Miami a job COMPLETE!


 

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OUT Miami Foundation's 2015 Annual Report is here!

We are excited to share with you OUT Miami Foundation's 2015 Annual Report! Download it now.

We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those that believed in us in our very first year as a start-up organization. A sincere and heartfelt “thank you” to our founding members of The Society @ OUT Miami, and to all of the volunteers, committee members, and board members that have made our success possible.

 

 

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