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A Conversation with Jennifer Sinkfield, AmeriCorps Alum

I have been surrounded by women empowerment and education my entire life. My mother is a women empowerment leader. She spent a lot of time working in domestic violence and helping women when my sister and I were growing up. Being exposed to that, I have gravitated towards working with and empowering women myself.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Program Manager, AIDS United AmeriCorps Alum ‘09-11 - Friday, March 13, 2015


Women Matter

In the United States, one in four people living with HIV are women. Of these women, two out of three are Black. HIV affects all of us. Understanding the overall effect of HIV on society, especially as a Black Woman, motivates me to work in the fight and add to the momentum of change. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of woman’s health and spotlight the need for HIV prevention and treatment services for women.

Posted By: Alex Montgomery, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Atlanta - Friday, March 13, 2015


What a Difference Six Months Can Make

In August 2014, 54 people from across the country came together from different backgrounds to serve their country as members of the AIDS United AmeriCorps Team. AmeriCorps Members provide HIV tests, health education, care navigation, and other social services in high need communities. For the past six months, they have been on the frontlines of the HIV epidemic, providing critical services to seven communities nationwide.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Program Manager, AIDS United AmeriCorps Alum ‘09-11 - Thursday, February 12, 2015


Bridging the Divide: Continuing in the Legacy of Dr. King

The AIDS United AmeriCorps DC Team spent the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service cleaning up Anacostia Park, one of DC’s largest public parks along the Anacostia River. We joined 450 volunteers from the DC area in a group event organized by the Student Conservation Association (SCA). In spite of freezing temperatures, we managed to collect over 15 tons of waste, improving the health of the park and making the space an even nicer one for residents to enjoy.

Posted By: Claire Dugan, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team DC - Sunday, February 08, 2015


Team Atlanta Honors Local Human and Civil Rights Leaders

Team Atlanta spent MLK Day of Service by volunteering at a breakfast co-sponsored by our Operating Site, AID Atlanta. The Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast is an event held annually on MLK Day that honors the human and civil rights work done by local leaders and advocacy groups.

Posted By: Alex Montgomery, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Atlanta - Friday, February 06, 2015


Team Cleveland Hits the Streets

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Team Cleveland joined The Human Rights Campaign and The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland in an HIV testing event in downtown Cleveland.

Posted By: Daniel Prokop, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Cleveland - Thursday, January 29, 2015


Ringing in the New Year with Service!

Happy New Year from AIDS United team NOLA! While the holiday season may have ended for others, the real holidays have just begun for New Orleans—Mardi Gras season! As we prepare for such an amazing celebration, the whole city is ripe with amazing opportunities for service.

Posted By: Delaney Green, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team NOLA - Monday, January 26, 2015


AmeriCorps Made my Career: Why I dedicate my work to National Service

My AmeriCorps experience has come full circle. In May, I became the manager of the AIDS United AmeriCorps Program. I love my job because I know first-hand how important, challenging, and life-changing this program is. Everyday I’m inspired by the impact made by AmeriCorps Members and the effect the program has on them.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Program Manager, AIDS United AmeriCorps Alum ‘09-11 - Thursday, January 08, 2015


My AmeriCorps Experience as an HIV Tester

I have provided HIV testing and counseling to over 200 people since August at the Free Clinic. One interaction has really stood out so far. It was one of my first clients, and I was still a little nervous and unsure of myself when it came to the counseling. However, when I went out to greet my client, he was visibly more nervous than me. After a few minutes of talking, I found out why he was so anxious; a friend of his had recently contracted HIV. This had made the virus “real” to him; it was no longer a headline in a newspaper or something he read in his biology textbook. It was now something directly impacting someone close to him. He had decided that as scary as it might be, he had to get tested and know his status.

Posted By: Jim Alsop, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Cleveland - Wednesday, January 07, 2015


Confronting Stigma on World AIDS Day in Washington, DC

While the roles of medicine and traditional HIV testing/outreach have been paramount to our success in fighting HIV/AIDS; stigma remains a central obstacle. This World AIDS Day, the AIDS United AmeriCorps team in Washington, DC, addressed stigma in fresh, innovative ways. We used multiple channels to engage our community and raise awareness for HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: Jeremy Barr, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team DC - Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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