Volunteer Spotlight

Jud Cole
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 Jud talks about his deep commitment here at the center.

How long have you been involved with Affirmations?

Four and a half years.

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

I have been concerned about civil liberties issues my entire adult life. Rights for LGBTQ+ folks are one of the biggest civil rights issues of the day. Being involved here was the next step in my journey of being an active ally, which started at my church almost ten years ago!

Why is Affirmations important to you?

It's important to me because safe spaces like these need to exist within times where civil liberties are at stake. My favorite part has been the few times when I have talked to the parents or a grandparent in one case of a teenager who had come out to their family and were in the process of transitioning. The adults in the situation were supportive, but they just needed some support themselves. I have adult children of my own so I can empathize and assist with certain situations like these.

Are you involved with any specific groups at Affirmations?

Not yet, I’m currently just involved with volunteering at the desk every week.

What are you passionate about outside of volunteering?

I’m really involved with my church. I love to read and spend time with my three daughters & two grandchildren.

Volunteer and Intern Spotlight

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Partner Spotlight

Thank you Care One, Inc. for your support of our Spring Bash gala. Your help is assisting in keeping our doors open twelve hours a day, six days a week, fifty-two weeks a year! We are beyond appreciative for your commitment.

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