Evelyn BruMar | Volunteer Director
Name: Evelyn (Evie) BruMar
Orientation: I am who I am
Where do I live: Gainesville, VA.
Year in Northern VA: 3 years
Hometown: San Diego CA.
Occupation: Stay at home ninja and foster parent to the neglected and abused children of Northern Va.
What I did outside of NOVA Pride that makes me a great fit: Since the age of 6, I have always been involved with my community in helping to fill their needs. I started by collecting cans for food drives, toys for Toys for Tots, warm clothing and blankets for orphanages in Mexico from the ages of 6-15.
From the age of 15-18, I helped my community by translating English to Spanish and then Spanish to English to help the non-English Mexican community understand contracts and laws.
At the ages of 18-27, I became involved with the LGBTQ+ community knowing that this is my community, a community that loved me when the rest of the world didn't. I got involved working to help organize and volunteer with AIDS Walk San Diego, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, San Diego Pride and fund raising for the San Diego LBGT Community Center.
From the the age of 29-35 I meet my wife and we moved to Washington State. There I created a group called Mighty Money Movers to help people understand their finances, investments and share money saving techniques. I also got involved with a group called Whidbey AIDS Support Fund (WASF) where I became a board member and created events to raise awareness and money to help cover expenses for people suffering with AIDS.
At the age of 35, I learned that all across this country kids are coming into child protective services with not enough foster parents to give them a safe and loving home to give them a chance to heal. I decided to give all of me to the needs of the neglected and abused children of Washington State, Island County. We adopted through that system when my wife and I moved to Northern Virginia 3 years ago. Currently we are going through the process to open our home and hearts for the neglected and abused children of Northern Virginia, the need is great and I believe the future of our country depends on the physical and mental health of our children.
What excites me most about NOVA Pride: The possibilities, NOVA Pride is in its infancy and has already made their mark as a big player in the LGBTQ+ community. It is a much needed non-profit organization. It works hard to help their members to connect with other groups. It brings services to people in need. And it gives the LGBTQ+ community a safe place to be free and themselves with people that love and care about them just the way they are. Since childhood, I do my best when I was in service of others. I have always been the type of person that runs towards the danger to help. I see the need and jump in before being asked. I am a go-getter, proactive, people person and so is NOVA Pride, our union can only create excellence in service of our LGBTQ+ community and that excites me.