National Service Blog

  • Posted on Apr 14, 2015

    AIDS United (formerly the National AIDS Fund) supports community-driven programs that serve people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

    In 2010, the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) selected AIDS United as one of its first grantees. Together with its 12 subgrantees, comprising the Access to Care (A2C) initiative, AIDS United is increasing the engagement of low-income and marginalized individuals who know they are HIV-positive but lack access to medical care and other supportive services.

    Almost four years into its partnership with the SIF, the A2C initiative has employed a variety of interventions to improve the health and economic stability of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Examples include:

    • Supporting programming that utilizes telemedicine equipment in satellite clinics allowing HIV-positive individuals living in rural areas of Alabama to access HIV-specific medical care without the burden of driving to an HIV-specific medical clinic;
    • Establishing a strong and supportive partnership between Birmingham AIDS Outreach and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 1917 Clinic to re-engage people living with HIV/AIDS who have fallen out of HIV primary care in Birmingham, Alabama; and
    • Improving access to medical care and supportive services for formerly incarcerated individuals living with HIV in Louisiana.

    AIDS United’s Senior Vice President, Vignetta Charles, credits the SIF with advancing the work of Access to Care in two important ways. First, the SIF raised the visibility of emerging and effective local...

  • Posted on Aug 21, 2009
    Good nutrition is important for everyone, but incorporating high-quality food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, can be challenging for people as they age and their appetites diminish. Local food—nutritious, delicious and increasingly available at Farmers Markets around the country—may be one answer to the problem.
  • Posted on Aug 21, 2009
    This summer we took the Collegiate United Methodist Church Middle School Youth Group on a mission trip to assist with tornado and flood damage clean-up and reconstruction in northeastern Iowa. The Hazelton area was hit by the same tornado that destroyed Parkersburg, Iowa, in May 2008. Shortly afterwards, the area received roughly 20 inches of rain in the span of one weekthat resulted in widespread flooding.
  • Posted on Aug 20, 2009
    At Intel, we strive to be an asset to our communities around the world. Under the Intel Involved Skills Based Volunteer program, employees are encouraged to use their professional skills to make a sustainable impact in their communities. One example is a team of volunteers from Intel IT in Massachusetts, who are assisting Massachusetts Audubon’s Drumlin Farm to identify, support, and implement a robust technology solution for use in a nature center setting.
  • Posted on Aug 20, 2009
    It was our second day on the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity site in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and already the house that my Thrivent Financial for Lutherans colleagues and I were constructing was taking shape. What was simply a foundation when we arrived the day beforenow had a floor and walls.
  • Posted on Aug 20, 2009
    The Wood County 4-H program in Ohio is a key leader in the area of service learning through the art of quilting. For the past five years 4-H members and volunteers have created more than 110 quilts for cancer patients, domestic violence victims, teenage mothers, and individuals in need identified by 4-H members.
  • Posted on Aug 20, 2009
    “STATE YOUR NAME!” was barked at Dakota, who was sitting on a hay mattress in the jail at Fort Clinch. The Sergeant, as we were instructed to call him, was using a feather pen to write the thirteen names of my group on a pass to notify the gate keeper that we had permission to leave the fort. By this point Dakota did not question him and simply stated his name. We had just spent the day with the Sergeant, learning about life in 1864, from someone who was “living” in 1864.
  • Posted on Aug 20, 2009
    McKenna, Long & Aldridge Washington Partner Cass Christenson and Associate Michael Alexander recently won a social security disability appeal forMs. Thomas, a pro-bono client who was unable to navigate through the paperwork and legalities involved in such an appeal. In 2006, Ms. Thomas filed her own disability claim, but she was denied benefits. She then filed a request for reconsideration, which was also denied. Due to lack of procedural understanding, Ms. Thomas failed to assert a timely request for appeal and was left with only food stamps to sustain her.
  • Posted on Aug 19, 2009
    The key to a good story web is to give the yarn plenty of slack when you toss it across the circle. Holding on to your end, unspool it a bit before you throw it to Quincy, or Josanna, or Angel, or any of the 5th graders at Adams Middle School with hands stretched above their heads, anxious to share their insights on the book we’ve been discussing, Joyce Hansen’s “The Gift Giver.”
  • Posted on Aug 19, 2009
    “We’re bored!” This is what we heard from a group of middle school students after our initial meeting to brainstorm a summer youth program for Ames, Iowa. That settled it. We needed to find something for them to do.
  • Posted on Aug 19, 2009
    As part of United We Serve’s Energy and Enviornment Week, the Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC) in Pennsyvania conducted a two-week volunteer initiative. Volunteers came from across the country to make minor home repairs, renovations, and weatherization. Over 200 youth volunteers performed 6,750 hours of work on 33 homes the first week.

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