Volunteer Spotlight

Sabrina Bolvari
She, Her, Hers

Affirmations has been incredibly fortunate to receive the support of volunteers since our founding in 1989. Volunteers work throughout Affirmations beginning at our Welcome & Resource Desk and extending through the youth programming, the Bayard Rustin Media Center, and even special events! In the following Q&A, Affirmations’ Volunteer Steve talks about his deep commitment to volunteering.

How long have you volunteered at Affirmations?

Since September of 2016

What made you want to get involved with Affirmations’ volunteering program?

I grew up in Ferndale and lived here until I was 19. I’ve been a part of the LGBTQA+ community since I was sixteen years old. I remember performing at Affirmations with our string quartet for one of the grand opening events while I was in high school – that was when I fell in love with the organization, in particular, the resources being offered and the open safe space where you can be yourself! Fast-forward to my internship – choosing time during the first year of my Master’s program, and as soon as I saw that Affirmations was a possibility, it was immediately my top choice! Now here I am as a volunteer/therapy intern and I couldn’t be happier that I got the chance to gain therapy experience and give back to the community, all in this bright, artful space in my beloved hometown.

Why is volunteering important to you?

I love feeling like I am really helping to connect people with resources and experiences that they have been seeking. While working at the front desk and with clients in therapy here, I have seen countless faces light up with genuine smiles.

Are you involved with any specific groups at Affirmations, aside from volunteering?

Besides volunteering at the Welcome & Resource Desk, I am a part of the counseling program here. Having worked in inpatient psych hospitals for the past three years, I considered starting a mental health awareness support group, as our community faces unique stressors and challenges in this respect. My schedule’s been so hectic that I haven’t had the opportunity to start if, but it’s definitely on the table for me as a possibility after graduation.

What are you passionate about outside of your volunteer work?

Spending time with my family, friends and my partner of almost ten years is a favorite. I also love being out in nature and trying new things like developing aerial silks and rock climbing! Of course, I love to go running, read, write, and listen to music.

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Sabrina Bolvari!

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