Volunteer Spotlight

Stonewall’s Volunteer Spotlight

By: Ange Bledsoe-Briggs

Check out the following awesome Stonewall volunteers! 

Jef Inslee

Length of service with Stonewall: I started in the Summer of 2010
Tell me how you got involved with Stonewall: Through my friend Tom Kelem
What was the first event or you did at Stonewall: The first thing I did was Thursday Night Market booth. I helped out there for the summer.
So, from there, how did you decide to do other things at Stonewall?I was asked by a board member to take over running the bar.
What else do you do: I run the bar and I also act as a liaison between Stonewall and a suicide prevention walk called Out of the Darkness.
What have you gained from volunteering at SW: I’ve become more aware of the struggles that LGBT
people deal with that I thought were over. This has opened my eyes . Also, I really enjoy spending
time with others and getting to know  people.
What would tell people who people who are considering volunteering here:Do it consistently because in any volunteer situation in order to get to know people you have to stick it out. But do it, you will make connections, friends, and feel like you are serving your community.

Something random: For 30/46 years of my life I have raised chickens.

Laurie Bennett-Cook

Length of service with Stonewall: I’ve been volunteering on and off for Stonewall for the past ten years.
Why did you get involved with Stonewall: Because I feel very passionate about equality and I feel a sense of belonging here for myself. It just feels like it’s more than a place to volunteer, this is my home.
How did you get involved: I knew about SW through my brother and decided to become involved. The first event I ever participated in at SW was movie night in 2002.
What have you gained from your experience at Stonewall: I’ve gained a huge sense of community and lifelong friendships. Also, a knowing that the fight for equality is not going away. I know that what we are doing here is making a positive difference in people’s lives.
What would you tell people who might be thinking about volunteering: Come one down! There’s something for everybody here and you’ll have fun.
Tell me something random: I ride a Harley Davidson and it’s the best money I’ve ever spent. I absolutely love riding my bike. 

Shanna Jones

Length of service with Stonewall: All together about 4 years. I took some time off from volunteering at Stonewall and have been back for about 3 months.
Why did you get involved with Stonewall: I think I was coming out, so I visited the center with a friend, and then got involved.
What was your first experience volunteering: My first time I spent at Stonewall I helped out with general office duties and cleaning.
What have you gained from your experience at Stonewall: I think it helped me be myself more and be able to go out in the world and conquer whatever I had to do. It’s made me feel more comfortable with myself and that I am doing something meaningful.
What would you tell people who might be thinking about volunteering: I would tell people to come in and find their niche and go for it.
Tell me something random: I like to watch historic films. My favorite historic film is Doubting Abby.
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