Affirmations’ Volunteer and Intern Spotlight: Randy Gilchrist

Affirmations has been incredibly fortunate to receive the support of volunteers and interns since our founding in 1989. Volunteers work throughout Affirmations beginning at our Welcome & Resource Desk and extending through the youth program, and even special events! In the following Q & A, Affirmations’ Volunteer Randy talks about his deep commitment here at our LGBTQ+ Center.

  • How long have you been involved with Affirmations?

On and off, more than 15 years! At first I attended Support Groups. Later I volunteered for the Spring Bash Gala Event and now I’m a weekly Volunteer at our Welcome & Resource Desk.

 

  • What made you want to get involved with the Volunteer program?

I received such great benefit from Affirmations that I wanted to give back so that others could benefit as much as I did.

 

  • Why is Affirmations important to you? What has been your favorite part about your experience so far?

Affirmations is one place where I can always be assured that I am welcomed and appreciated. My favorite part is the people; the staff, the other volunteers, and of course our Center Guests.

 

  • Are you involved with any specific groups at Affirmations aside from your volunteer duties?

Currently not at this time.

 

  • What are you passionate about outside of Volunteering?

Singing. I currently sing with PRISM Men’s Chorus. In the past, I’ve sung with the 12th Night Singers, Fort Street Chorale and the UMS Choral Union. I had the honor to sing with the King Singers in Ann Arbor, as well as the DSO at Carnegie Hall. I also got to participate in a recording that was nominated for a Grammy as Best Opera Recording!

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