Volunteers make a world of difference!
The talents, skills, time and energy donated by our volunteers are a valued resource.
Each year, more than 1,200 dedicated volunteers help the Center serve the LGBTQIA+ and HIV communities in North Texas. Many individuals and corporate ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) donate their time by working in the Center’s Health Campus serving up hot meals and stocking the food pantry for the HIV nutrition program.
We spoke with Ryan Moran, Sr. Manager, Global Procurement Operations and Co-Chair of PRIDE ERG at Celanese and a longtime volunteer at our Health Campus about his experiences volunteering with his peers.
Ryan, why is Celanese volunteer partnership with Resource Center important ?
“Our vision at Celanese is to improve the world and everyday life through our people, chemistry, and innovation. Our work with the Center is of utmost importance because it allows us to have a direct impact in the DFW community and serve those in need.”
You and the Celanese team have been longtime supporters of the Center. What inspired you to continue volunteer during a pandemic?
“Volunteering has always been important to me because it is my way of having an impact on my community and helping those in need. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact worldwide, and the LGBTQIA+ community and people affected by HIV have been hit particularly hard. Nutritional support, access to healthcare, legal services and advocacy have always been top priorities of Resource Center, and now those needs are more important than ever. Giving my time to support the Center is more important now than ever!”
What advice would you give to other corporate ERG or individuals who are thinking about volunteering?
“Just do it! Beginning my relationship with Resource Center as a volunteer is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Volunteering feels good and it helps those in need; it really is a win-win relationship.
I would highly recommend anyone interested in corporate volunteering programs to engage with Resource Center. I have volunteered many times with my fellow ERG members and colleagues and it has always been an extremely positive experience. Volunteering together not only is an amazing team-building experience, but you also build connections with fellow volunteers that are invaluable inside and outside of work. I can honestly say that anyone who has volunteered with me is not just my colleague, they are also my friend.”
The Center has volunteer opportunities for individuals, as well as community, corporate, church and school groups. Our volunteer coordinator can work with you to organize a volunteer project that fits your group’s needs. Click below to donate your time to the Center and make a world of difference for the LGBTQIA+ and HIV/AIDS communities we serve!