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Volunteer

Originally established and heavily managed for most of the Rainbow Center’s history by volunteers, the Rainbow Center’s past and present have been, and will continue to be as we move forward, significantly influenced by the many contributions of our dedicated volunteers.

The Rainbow Center’s mission of expanding resources and safe space for the LGBTQ community through education, advocacy, and celebration is rooted in, and made possible by, the community involvement and reciprocity fostered through the act of volunteering.

We thank our volunteers who have been with us since the Rainbow Center’s inception, and every volunteer who has joined us along the way — from our Board to our weekly volunteers, each has made an impact on our ability to continue serving the community in new and dynamic ways.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Luke, the Rainbow Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or give us a call at the Rainbow Center at (253)383-2318.

Getting Involved

There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer at the Rainbow Center, such as:

  • being an RC Navigator — greeting guests, giving tours, assessing community member needs
  • serving on the Rainbow Center’s new Speaker’s Bureau — tabling at events, representing the RC on panels, community outreach
  • helping at events such as the Tacoma Pride Festival, Black & White Gayla, and other community involvement opportunities throughout the year
  • assisting interns and staff with projects and programs
  • submitting a proposal to provide a service and/or share a skill through community programming initiatives

Volunteer Orientation

The Rainbow Center offers a monthly orientation for those who are interested in volunteering at the RC. This orientation explores:

  • the Rainbow Center’s history, mission, and milestones
  • privilege, oppression, and microaggressions
  • volunteer opportunities and next steps

Volunteer orientations are mandatory for those interested in volunteering weekly / bi-weekly at the Rainbow Center or serving on the Speaker’s Bureau, and are strongly suggested for those interested in volunteering in another capacity (at events,* as a presenter during RC programming, etc.). Attending volunteer orientation or an additional training offered to volunteers may be required by Rainbow Center staff at a later date if deemed necessary.

*Tacoma Pride Festival in July and the Black & White Gayla in November will have event-specific required trainings for volunteers prior to events.

Upcoming Orientations

If you plan to attend an orientation, please RSVP here. Each RSVP helps the Rainbow center staff better prepare for and accommodate attendees. Volunteers need only attend ONE orientation.

Friday, April 21 | 5:30 – 7:30PM
Monday, May 22 | 5:30 – 7:30PM
Friday, June 16 | 5:30 – 7:30PM

Orientations are held at the Rainbow Center, 2215 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA.

Hours of Operation

Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Closed

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