Back in the Saddle Again: Refreshed and Renewed Passion

A long-time volunteer and former part-time staff person of Pride Foundation, Christopher Mobley, has made his way back to do what he is passionate about: working with his local LGBTQ community in Tri-Cities, WA.

“I hope that someday no one feels they have to leave their family and the community they grew up in because they feel they don’t belong,” says Christopher, believing that to create something great for the whole community, we need to work together and support each other.

“The Progress being made is slow, but I notice every bit of it, and that’s what inspires me to get involved and work harder to see the dreams of all Americans become a reality.”

Christopher first became involved with Pride Foundation in 2002 as a Regional Outreach Committee Member and the voice for the Tri-Cities area. Being born and raised in the Tri-Cities, in addition to his involvement with local organizations, Christopher has great insight into the needs of his community. Christopher also spent time volunteering with Vista Youth Center, Mid-Columbia Pride, River of Life MCC, and Desert Oasis—learning much along the way.

After a two year break, Christopher has come back with a renewed sense of what it takes to create change. He adds: “I believed I could change the world overnight and now I’ve come to realize that it takes thoughtful time and effort of many to create sustainable change.”

Christopher is thrilled to be working with the community once again to “build relationships, lending a supportive hand, and encourage a community who works together”.

The ripple effect Christopher has created during his time with Pride Foundation is seen in all the communities he has had the opportunity to visit and he is ready to do it again.  He will make more ripples that are stronger and that will affect all who live in Washington. This won’t happen overnight, but it will be powerful. Christopher is able to do this with the help and personal support of his partner of 10 years, Anthony Davis.

Welcome back, Christopher!

Farand Gunnels is Pride Foundation’s Regional Development Organizer in Washington. Email Farand.

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