We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers at the Gay Alliance who step up to the plate and take on any tasks no matter how large or small. Our September Volunteer of the Month Liz Doyle is such a volunteer.

Liz is always ready to help out wherever there is a need. Liz works tirelessly throughout Pride week, working the events leading up to the Parade and Pride Festival. Liz is the first to show up to work at the Pride Festival and the last person to leave. Liz makes herself available by showing up and helping with event throughout the year. Thank you, Liz, for all that you do for all of us at the Gay Alliance, you deserve this recognition as our September Volunteer of the Month.

Liz said: “Except for a few years in North Carolina, I’ve lived in the Rochester area most of my life. I have an identical twin sister people sometimes mistake for me if they don’t know us well. I grew up in Gates and got my bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY Brockport, which was the perfect major for me because I’m a people person. I’ve worked in human services most of my life, with infants and toddlers, students and adults with special needs, and senior citizens.

When I moved back from North Carolina, I sought out the reconnecting with the LGBT community here. I found friends and family through Upstate LesConnect, Equal Grounds, LORA, Dignity Integrity and the Gay Alliance. I volunteered to help with any event I could in whatever way was needed. For many years I’ve helped build floats and marched in the Pride Parade; coordinated volunteers for the gate and helped with setup and teardown at the Pride Picnic; sold tickets and helped with setup, food, and cleanup for the Red Ball and Big Gay Proms; and helped with other Pride Week and Sage events. One of the highlights was coordinating volunteers dressed as Wizard of Oz characters to greet people at the Pride Picnic.

I just like to volunteer and do things for the community. I would not be the person I am without the people I have met in all the places I reached out to. My community is everything to me, so I do all I can to be a part of it. Will you become a part of it too?”