We had the chance to sit down with Michael Floyd, a Las Vegas native who has been involved in the community since he was 20.
How did you first become a volunteer within the community? I started donating my time as a volunteer many years ago because of Candice [Nichols]. Later, life intervened and I became busy with work and my relationship, so it’s been a while since I’ve been really active in the community. Last year I attended one of the early functions to tour the new site for The Center and I was inspired seeing all the possibilities.
How do you see the new Center making an impact? I see the new Center as a place that will unify the community, as an anchor and simultaneously will help the larger community. The youth programs are very important to me and I see our youth especially being impacted with having a newer and safer, comfortable place to gather. I also think having the separate entrance for the Health & Wellness center is important, it provides privacy, and remains an important part of The Center. Also, watching the transformation of the new building has been incredible.
What influenced your decision to donate to the Opening New Doors campaign? It was when I first saw the new building it was a big open space inside. I saw the potential of having a new home for The Center. I am grateful Candice presented me with a way that I could make a meaningful gift by making monthly payments. This great opportunity has allowed me to make my lasting impression on the future of our Center in the community and it made a lot of sense to me as something I can do to make a difference. It’s good to again be able to give back to the community. This Center is ours and by making a gift I feel more empowered that I am a part of it. Every gift counts and we all have a chance to be a part of something important.
To contribute to the Opening New Doors campaign, visit isupport.thecenterlv.com