The success of the Twin Cities Pride Festival and events throughout the year is almost entirely contingent on the generosity and commitment of its over 30 year-round and 300 festival volunteers. Here is a look at one individual who’s been dedicated to the mission for a decade.
Get to know Lisa Anderson-Gaber:
How did you start volunteering with Pride?
I started volunteering for Pride in 2005 after learning about their need for volunteers through a coworker. I joined the Pride team as the Entertainment Manager which is a post I held until 2010 when I was voted onto the Board of Directors.
What made you choose Pride?
I was at a point in my journey where I wanted to give back to my community, meet people, and take on new challenges. Pride appealed to me the most because I had attended my first Pride a few years earlier and the magnitude and breadth of diversity was overwhelming. I knew I wanted to be part of the team that was able to create this amazing experience for so many.
Describe your current role with Pride.
I am the Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors. Outside the standard duties of being a Board Member, I am heavily involved in supporting the Governance function, working to identify and enact policies and resolutions that continue to strengthen the foundation of our organization. During Pride weekend, I am the un-official weather guru [I am a StormSpotter and I volunteer as StormSpotter Trainer for the NWS] and part of the team that responds to any large scale emergencies.
What is it about Pride that you think should encourage others to get involved?
Pride is a family! Whether someone volunteers for a shift Pride weekend, works on a special project, or decides to be an über-year-round-volunteer, they become part of a huge extended family that you can always come back to and feel a part of. Volunteers come to Pride for a variety of reasons like giving back, learning new skills, or wanting to leave a legacy, but they stay because the passion, energy, and camaraderie of all involved is contagious. I like to tell people, six friends in my wedding party were are all lifelong friends I’ve made volunteering for Pride.
An inspirational quote that guides you?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Volunteering with Twin Cities Pride offers a great way to meet others and give back to your community. Opportunities are available through Board positions, year-round staff, and event positions. Individuals interested in volunteering should logon to www.tcpride.org and click on the “Volunteer” link for more information.