By: Jeff Myers, Volunteer Coordinator

When I think of volunteers I think of time and values. In our lives, one thing we cannot create, accumulate, acquire, buy or even borrow is time. We have a limited amount of time for sleep, work, family and our own interests. Therefore, an individual’s time is a very precious commodity.

When an individual commits to volunteering on a consistent basis, they have chosen to give up their own time to support an activity to benefit others. This brings me to values. Some of the strongest values, service and sacrifice are shown when one places the needs of another above their own. The true volunteer chooses to give up their personal time and energy and expend it to help others and our community.

The year is drawing to a close, and what an exciting year it has been for the Gay Alliance. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of the volunteer hours each and every one of you have given. Because of your hard work and dedication, we are moving into our new home at 100 College Ave.

This move will bring endless possibilities for our community with the opening of our new Resource Center. Our programing continues to expand and our education department is making an impact here in Rochester and throughout the country. Pride week was a huge success bringing our community together to celebrate our authentic selves. All of this would not be possible without you, our volunteers.

The New Year will bring new and exciting volunteer opportunities. It takes all of us giving our time and working together to build a better community in Rochester. It is my pleasure, on behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteer staff of The Gay Alliance, to formally express our gratitude to all Gay Alliance volunteers for a job well done.