Howdy! My name is Lee; I have been a member for 5 years, since before changing our name from ManCave to CommunityCave Chicago! I am the Lead Organizer, and have been engaging in this work for the past 3 years. Since joining, I have been proud to witness and participate in its evolution from what can only be described as “a few dudes hanging out in a room together” to a thriving, safer space community group. I have formed some of my favorite friendships through CommunityCave, and our annual group camping trips are among the highlights of my summers. My favorite part of organizing is the opportunity it provides for me to foster the values that I feel are essential for good community building, such as eldership, respect and appreciation for our differences, a focus on intersectionality, advocacy, and allyship, directly within my community. Won’t you join us?