Volunteer Spotlight

Jeffrey Oliver
He, Him, His

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 Jeffrey talks about his deep commitment to volunteering.

How long have you volunteered at Affirmations?

I have volunteered at Affirmations for 17 years. I started back in 2001.

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

I came to Affirmations as a center user in 2001. I was newly out and wanted to connect with other gay men, so I attended the Men’s group. I got started volunteering because, two lesbian friends of mine cornered me in the library and asked me to volunteer, of course, I agreed!

Why is volunteering important to you?

Volunteering is important to me because Affirmations was there for me when I needed support. It's also important to me because I never want LGBTQ+ individuals to go through the same experience that I had when I came out alone.

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

Currently, I facilitate Men’s Discussion, Coming Out Over Coffee, as well as the LGBTQ Book and Film club. I also volunteer twice a week at the Welcome & Resource Desk. For me, Affirmations is like a journey that just keeps getting better and better.

What are you passionate about outside of your volunteer work?

Outside of volunteering, I am an extremely passionate animal lover. I raise tropical parrots and aquarium fish. I also really enjoy swimming, yoga, and gardening.

Volunteer Spotlight

"Volunteering here is important to me because Affirmations was there for me when I needed support."

Partner Spotlight

Thank you to GTB! Your support of our Warm & Cozy Winter Drive program helped to keep many warm this winter, we are extremely grateful. Thank you for helping us to keep our doors open six days a week, 52-weeks a year!

Click to see more of our Sponsors and Partners