AIDS Community Resources has a tremendously successful Special Events Department. If you want to help stage a top-notch fundraising event, come share your time and talents as a volunteer with ACR at one or more of our fundraising events, and you'll be working with the pros!
Development offers many opportunities to learn, from initial planning stages of an event, through the follow-up stages of thank you notes and thank you parties. Volunteers help ACR by:
- Generating ideas for fundraising;
- Distributing advertising materials;
- Forming fundraising teams;
- Working with Public Relations and Marketing;
- Assisting with Corporate Solicitations and donations;
- Coordinating setup and breakdown of event displays;
- Acting as traffic directors and hosts; and
- Cleaning up the grounds when the event is completed.
ACR's Special Events Committee helps coordinate fundraising events. We welcome new members. For more information about volunteering with the Development Department, call 1.800.475.2430, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
AIDS Hike For Life
AIDS Hike for Life is held every year on the last Sunday in April at Hamilton College in Clinton. The 5K walk starts at 11:00 a.m. and takes about an hour to complete. Volunteers help in all aspects of the planning, staffing, fundraising, setup and cleanup. Volunteer jobs can last for a day or for several weeks. The event is fun; the campus is beautiful. Get involved and be part of something big!
For more information 1.800.475.2430 or: www.aidswalkcny.com
AIDS Walk/Run is held every year on the first Sunday of June at Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville. It features a 5K fundraising walk and a 10K fundraising run. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and takes about an hour to complete.
Volunteers help in all aspects of the planning, staffing, fundraising, setup and breakdown. Volunteer jobs can last for a day or for several weeks. The event is fun; Beaver Lake Nature Center is gorgeous. Get involved and be part of something big!
For more information 1.800.475.2430 or: www.aidswalkcny.com
First Frost AIDS Walk
First Frost AIDS Walk at Thompson Park in Watertown is held the first Sunday after Columbus Day. Registration for the 5K fundraising walk begins at noon; the event starts at 1 p.m. The walk leads participants along a scenic path through New York State Zoo at Thompson Park. All registered walkers receive free all-day admission to the zoo. The event is fun; the zoo is enchanting. Get involved and be part of something big!
For more information 1.800.475-2430 or: www.aidswalkcny.com
AIDS Community Resources offers a number of opportunities for volunteers to work directly with people.
Safety First Street Outreach
ACR's peer-based street outreach program, Safety First, serves to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by offering harm/risk reduction education, supplies, referrals, literature, and HIV testing to residents in targeted, high-risk neighborhoods. ACR staff and trained peer associates (volunteers) provide the latest information on HIV/STD's/Hepatitis C transmission, HIV testing, and related services to at-risk individuals at ACR outreach sites.
Safety First peer-delivered services are offered at approximately 20 neighborhood sites in Syracuse and Utica. Volunteers also conduct outreach in bars and parks where they educate men who have sex with men about safer sex practices.
This program matches an ACR client with a volunteer who assists the case manager in providing support for the various activities of daily living. Typical enterprises include trips to the grocery store or non-medical appointments. Together the volunteer and the client develop an agreement detailing what assistance is needed and schedule times for getting the jobs done.
Support Group Facilitator
Sounding board, nonjudgmental adult, positive role model, listener - those are some of the qualities facilitators need to serve as facilitators for the weekly LGBTQ and bimonthly Transgender groups. We look for people who are compassionate about LGBTQ youth, and their development into successful adults. People who are aware of the struggles these young people face. 1.800.475.2430
In the Mohawk Valley, Kelly Wolfe is a facilitator with the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) Youth Group, which meets Sundays at the Utica YWCA. “For a lot of the kids, it’s very hard to meet people their own age, and this gives them a safe place.”
Client Nutritional Services
A team of volunteers provides meals twice monthly at Syracuse's Living Room. The volunteers plan nutritionally-balanced meals, shop for fresh food the day of the luncheon, prepare and serve the meal. AIDS Community Resources provides about 70 meals each month. The Living Room "No Hitch" luncheon provides those infected with HIV/AIDS with a nutritious meal and safe social environment.
The ACR food pantry provides emergency food, personal care items, and household cleaning supplies. Volunteers keep this vital service thriving by filling orders and maintaining records, and distributing holiday donations and assembling holiday food baskets.
PLWA Speakers Bureau
The Speakers Bureau is a dynamic and diverse group of advocates who are eager to share their personal experience of the effects that HIV/AIDS has had on their lives.
It is made up of volunteers, and accompanied on speaking engagements with a well-trained HIV Prevention Specialist to assist in the presentation.
If you are HIV+ and ready to educate others in the hopes of stopping the spread of AIDS, we would love to hear from you. For more information, call 1.800.475.2430 or email@example.com
Trained volunteers represent AIDS Community Resources at health fairs, conferences, public forums, and other venues, providing HIV/AIDS education and related information. Volunteers are needed both in Syracuse and in Utica.
ACR's Hotline serves more than 1000 callers a year and is staffed by volunteers from 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM weekdays and occasional weekends. The Hotline provides callers with a safe and anonymous environment to ask questions concerning HIV/AIDS transmission.
Newsletters and Mass Mailing
AIDS Community Resources sends newsletters to a mailing list of more than 5,000 every month, in addition to other mailings. A team of 5 to 15 volunteers takes on the task. Lunch is provided. It's a great opportunity to form new friendships.
AIDS Community Resources provides a number of opportunities for area high school and college students to intern in Prevention Education, Client Services, Public Relations, Computer Data Entry, and Marketing and Special Events.
Office Assistants and Housekeeping
Office support internships provide students with hands-on skills in a human service agency. Volunteers will be able to do data entry, write original materials, proofread documents, and help with many tasks at our offices in Syracuse, Utica, Watertown, Auburn, Canton, and Oswego. Housekeeping duties include vacuuming, general office, kitchen, and bathroom cleaning, setting up and breaking down meeting rooms.
ACR’s consumers often lack the resources to see to important needs in their lives. We always need volunteer services from lawyers, nutritionists, mental health professionals, practitioners of alternative therapies, and those skilled with computers. If you have a talent that would help improve the quality of living for people with HIV/AIDS, please consider the donation of your professional services.