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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Jessica Roncarati-Howe (formerly Crevier)
President, Board of Directors