Thanks to our event photographer, Ally Montemagni, for taking such lovely photos at Viva! 2016. If you would like to look at the photos, they are available online at:
With the ever-growing list of amazing programs, services and events that AFWM brings to our community each year, it can be easy to forget that our organization operates on a very small budget and with only one employee. Our storefront office space is donated. Our office supplies are donated. Even our in-house printing is donated. …View full post
Help us celebrate the 19th annual AIDS Walk & 5K Run! Once again, we gather to support those affected by HIV/AIDS in our local community with a day of fun, exercise, and entertainment. Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016 rain or shine Place: Stanley Park in Westfield, MA Important Times Registration Opens 10:00 AM Walk & …View full post
Date: Friday January 27, 2017 Time: TBD Location: The Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke, MA 01040 Tickets If you would like to buy tickets early, please call the AIDS Foundation office at (413) 592-5444. Entertainment TBD About Our Gala Our gala will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. It will be an exciting …View full post
When: Saturday June 4, 2016, 9:00AM – 2:00PM Where: Baystate Health, Chestnut Conference Center, 759 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA The conference is for everyone who cares about women and girls and HIV/AIDS; all are welcome. Participants do not need to be HIV positive or at risk for infection to attend, and no one will ask …View full post
Date: December 1, 2016 Time: TDB Place: TDB Our World AIDS Day gathering is a celebration of life and a time to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS over the course of the epidemic. TFor more information contact AFWM at (413) 592-5444 or email@example.com Learn more about World AIDS Day now!View full post
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We would like to thank you for your patience as we worked through our most recent staffing transition. The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Teresa Brockriede to AFWM as our office manager. Teresa can be reached at the AFWM office by calling (413) 592-5444 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On behalf of Board of Trustees for the AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts, I want to thank everyone who attended our Viva! Gala on Friday January 29th. It was a wonderful evening as we celebrated the work that the AIDS Foundation does to help those in our community who are living infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. It was truly an inspiration to see so many friends and supporters joining us for the Gala in remembrance of those we have lost to HIV/AIDS, and united in support of our friend and loved ones who are living with HIV/AIDS.
I want to recognize the hard work of our Viva! Gala committee, the volunteers who worked diligently before and during the event, and the Board of Trustees for their unwavering commitment to the mission of the AIDS Foundation throughout the year.
Thank you all for your support and commitment to the work that we do. We hope to see you all back in 2017 for the 20th anniversary of the Viva! Gala.
President of the Board of Trustees
AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts
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We hope you will join us to celebrate World AIDS Day this Tuesday, December 1, at South Congregational Church, 45 Maple Street in Springfield. Refreshments and free and confidential HIV testing and counseling will be available beginning at 4 pm, with the program starting at 5 pm.
AFWM is joined this year by alumnae volunteers from the Springfield Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
We also thank Baystate Health, New North Citizens Council, Tapestry Health, Out Now!, Panera Bread and the Imperial Court of Massachusetts for their support.
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Join us as we gather to celebrate life while remembering those we have lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic over the last 30 years.
The event includes a presentation by Dr. Claudia Martorell of the Research Institute, an open mic, a candlelight vigil, and musical presentations.
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Place: South Congregational Church, 45 Maple Street, Springfield
Time: Free and confidential HIV testing and counseling provided by Tapestry Health begins at 4pm. Refreshments served in the auditorium. Program begins at 5 pm.
AFWM’s World AIDS Day is a collaboration with Baystate Health, Out Now!, New North Citizens Council and Tapestry Health.
For more information contact AFWM at (413) 592-5444 or email@example.com
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We would like to thank Ally Montemagni Photography for taking photos at our annual Walk/Run event. Ally has posted all of the photos online and you can view them at the link below:
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Meghan Smith is a nonprofit professional with more than six years of experience in fundraising, advocacy, and communications. She currently serves as the Fund Development Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts in Holyoke, where she creates grant proposals and solicits gifts to secure investments in girls to change the world. Previously, she worked for Catholics for Choice in Washington, DC, where, among other education efforts, she advocated for comprehensive, compassionate HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment policies. Meghan received her bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She lives in Northampton with her boyfriend and rescue greyhound.
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Camperships provide so much more than a week of sports, crafts and campfires. For a child who in infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, a campership can mean a rare time of normalcy where the stress of treatments, financial burdens and stigma falls out of focus. It can mean a safe space to talk to people who who truly understand. Or it can be a time of respite when family and caregivers to recharge. No matter what the need, camp is a place where kids can be kids and make memories that will last a lifetime. If you or someone you know could benefit from the camp experience this summer, let AFWM help. Download our Campership application 2015 today, or call (413)592-5444 for more information. Applications are approved on a first come, first served basis while funding is available. Learn More Now
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How does AFWM celebrate one of our first sunny and warm days? By releasing this year’s application for camperships! Do you know a child from 3- to 18-years-old who is infected or affected by HIV/AIDS? If so, we can help them to experience some summer fun, take a break from the difficulties of living with the disease, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Families are welcome to choose the camp that is best for them. The application is simple, and can be submitted through a case manager or directly by the applicant. Camperships are granted on a first come, first served basis as long as funding is available, so celebrate the return of warm weather with us! Download the Campership application 2015 today!
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