We are starting a new feature: The People of Pride as a way for Center users and supporters to get to know who helps runs the Center. Our first feature is of JJ Carbery, a long-time front desk volunteer, whose lovely Irish accents greets all callers on Wednesdays. I had to the pleasure of interviewing JJ last week.
What is your volunteer role at the Center? and how long have you had it?
I've been volunteering at the Center for three years. I'm the person at the front desk. I'm that friendly face that greets you when you first arrive at Pride Center Vermont. No day is ever the same. I’m constantly answering phones calls, taking messages, and making appointments. There is always something going on at the Center so the volunteers are always doing something.
Why do volunteer with the Center? How does the Center work with your life as an LGBT Vermonter?
The staff of the Center makes volunteering here so much fun. Volunteering at the Center gives me an opportunity to meet people from all walks of like, I'm an extrovert - a big people's person, and that is one of the reasons I volunteer at Pride Center. The experience I've got since volunteering here has been priceless, rewarding, and very educational.
How do you benefit from your volunteer work?
Volunteering in Pride Center Vermont is my way of giving back to the community that has welcomed my husband and me. It's a fantastic way of meeting people through one of the many events that the Center holds on a weekly or monthly bases. I’ve made amazing friends here.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: we all know and love your accent-where are you from?
I'm from The southeast of Ireland, from a beautiful city called Waterford. It's renowned for its fabulous Crystal. I'm a qualified healthcare attendant. My husband is the reason we had this fabulous opportunity to come Vermont for his job. We've been living in Vermont for nearly five years now and still love every minute of it. Giving back to my community has always been very important to me, and that's why I’m proud to volunteer at the Center. It’s the hub of the local LGBT community.