The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts

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Volunteers Kristina, Lisa and Mel welcome guests to our annual Viva! gala

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Hedda Lettuce performs at Viva! 2013, our 20th Anniversary Gala

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Members of the AIDS kNOw More Project pose with nationally recognized HIV/AIDS educators Shawn Decker & Gwenn Barringer

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Our Holiday Gift Program provided more that 75 families with gifts for each of their children last December

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The AIDS kNOw More Project, their advisers and AFWM staff earned Dept. of Public Health peer education certifications

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AFWM won the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network's Board Leadership Excellence Award in 2013

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Participants at our annual Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Conference

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Volunteer Kristina welcomes passers by to our downtown Springfield office

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Our annual float in the Noho Pride parade

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Vice President Kevin Leeman and Trustee Ann Gillard

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AIDS kNOw More Project member Donna helps to educate her peers about HIV/AIDS

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AIDS kNOw More Project member James pumps up the AIDS Walk/5k Run & Festival Crowd

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Walkers take off along the scenic Riverfront Park bike path at this year's AIDS Walk/5k Run & Festival

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Attendees are encouraged and inspired by our events

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Long-time supporters carry our banner on their walk through Forest Park

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Each year more squares are added to our own AIDS quilt by people who are both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS

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Trained youth and young adults like Ashley educate the community at tabling events throughout the year

AFWM provides a safety net for low income people with HIV/AIDS and offers HIV/AIDS education to the community of western Massachusetts.

Your donation can help someone with AIDS in western Massachusetts to buy medication.

Imagine struggling with the recession and with HIV/AIDS. AFWM provides emergency financial assistance for low income people living with HIV/AIDS to pay for medication, rent, utilities, and other basic needs of life.

As the economic crisis continues, the emergency support program is growing in both number of requests and average amount needed. We’ve had 151 requests so far this year, 32% more than last year, and we’ve given 53% more in financial assistance. Your gift can bring us that much closer to providing support for each request we receive.

Your donation can prevent someone in western Massachusetts from getting HIV.

AFWM’s AIDS kNOw More project trains youth to educate their peers about STD prevention and de-stigmatization. This year, they gave 15 presentations to 350 participants (including youth and adults who work with youth) and created a professional video that uses humor to teach people about HIV/AIDS. Available on social media, it reached 320 viewers in just its first month. You can see it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHmrymE7kvs

Your donation can pay for a local child infected or affected by HIV/AIDS to go to summer camp.

Kids have HIV/AIDS too. And kids live with family members who have HIV/AIDS. AFWM lets kids forget about this for a while and just have fun. We paid for 10 kids infected or affected by HIV/AIDS to go to summer camp in 2013. Let’s help more kids go in 2014.

Your donation can fund support groups and education for people who are infected and affected.

Living Positive, our peer-led support group for men living with HIV/AIDS, inspires them to lead rich, vibrant lives and brings in experts to teach group-selected topics such as navigating medications, relationships, and stigma. In just its second year, the group has been so helpful to members that, at their request, we are doubling the number of meetings per month. We are also developing a similar group for women.

Last spring, we launched a monthly educational program of presentations on topics related to HIV/AIDS, which is free and open to the public in downtown Springfield, a hot spot for the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Our Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Conference is the only Western MA educational event on the often-neglected issues of women and girls with HIV/AIDS. Last year, it trained over 130 women and girls.

Thank you for supporting a healthier, more compassionate community.


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The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts
1168 Main Street
SPRINGFIELD, MA 01103

Phone
4133010955

Email
jcrevier@aidsfoundationwm.org

Mission
AFWM provides a safety net for low income people with HIV/AIDS and offers HIV/AIDS education to the community of western Massachusetts.

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