Working at Diversity Richmond has given me the opportunity to give back to communities that need it the most, which has always been very important to me. As a queer Black person who has experienced homelessness and food insecurity, working in an environment with other LGBT+ people and getting involved in the community has been a dream.

Most recently, the food drive we held for Viva! RVA was a spectacular way to show our support for communities hit hard by COVID-19. Seeing the smiling faces of thankful people as they received their food was incredible and I’m really happy to have been a part of it. It’s a lot of hard work and long hours working in the event hall, but getting to meet more people working in Richmond’s non-profit community and helping to supply the needs for low-income families/individuals is definitely worth it. I can’t wait to see what Diversity does for other communities in Richmond in the near future. I’ll definitely be lending a hand.