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AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Aug 09

AFWM’s Final Gathering and Candlelight Vigil

Friday, September 8
6pm – 8pm
South Congregational Church, Springfield

Please join us as we celebrate the vision of Donald O’Dell and the passion of those who have who have ensured that his work in support of people living with HIV/AIDS in our community has lived on. We hope that this event will bring closure to those who have worked for and loved this organization over the last twenty-four years and introduce those who have relied on us to local organizations that are still available to help. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

The evening will include

– Fellowship time, including light appetizers, tea and coffee
– Welcome from AFWM
– Introduction of local AIDS service organizations
– Announcement of who will keep AFWM’s light shining
– A thank you to our community
– Presentation of the last O’Dell Award
– Open mic
– Final candlelight vigil

The first 100 people will receive a comemorative candle to help keep our light shining.

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Jun 09

Campership Grants Available!

Please share with local families that have children who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS! We have increased funds available per child for summer camp this year! Click here for details.
Campership-application-2017

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Mar 18

AFWM to Close After 24 Years of Service


Dear friends,

It is with deep sadness that I inform you that, after more than two decades of service to our community, The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts (AFWM) will be closing.

Through this difficult time, we will continue to serve those who rely on us with the dignity and respect that they have come to expect from AFWM and in the spirit of our founder, Donald O’Dell. Applications for emergency financial assistance will be accepted through through September 8, 2017, and the final review committee meeting will be held on September 11, 2017. We encourage anyone who has or anticipates a need that falls within the Foundation’s ability to assist to submit their request as soon as possible. This is also true of camperships, for which applications will be available soon.

Living Positive will still meet in April as scheduled.

We would like to express our gratitude to the volunteers, case managers, donors, educators and staff that enable the Foundation to touch thousands of lives. AFWM has been committed to remaining a beacon of hope for people living with HIV and AIDS who have nowhere else to turn. It has been a safe place, a center of knowledge, a celebration and a community unto itself. We ask that you please bring this spirit into your homes, your work, and your own communities so that the beacon might never be extinguished.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at jess@aidsfoundationwm.org with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Jess

Jessica Roncarati-Howe (formerly Crevier)
President, Board of Directors

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