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  • 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 Jul 24, 2009
    Columbia Community Montessori in Columbia, Missouri launched The Young Skillet Summer Camp in July of 2008 with a group of 16 children (between the ages of 4-13 years old) who attended for no charge. Over the six-week session, our first group of Skilleteers filmed and starred in a children's cooking show that airs on CAT TV in Columbia. Children learned how to shoot cooking scenes, conduct interviews, and produce documentary-style film segments about the gardening and cooking skills they learned.
  • Posted on Jul 24, 2009
    Working as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for a state-wide project while still serving in a school district coordinating projects and facilitating a team can be a challenging, but the rewards are plentiful. The Wisconsin DPI VISTA Project seeks “to build capacity for family involvement in low-income schools and communities by implementing a research-based, sustainable process for partnerships.” In the School District of Rhinelander, I am in the middle of a summer program which just might be my most sustainable idea thus far.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    The NFL Players Association and its players have joined President Barack Obama in his mission to build a stronger nation through the “United We Serve” initiative, a national effort designed to encourage more Americans to serve their communities.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    In the summer of 2006, Marco and Jennifer Chiappetta got married and settled in Washington Heights—the neighborhood they both grew up in. While taking walks together, they were saddened by the sight of local schoolyards that had been abandoned by children and occupied by troublemakers and drug users.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    Kevin B. is an adult learner. Pat B. is a literacy tutor. Here is our story. “I am Kevin B. I am a troubled reader and I have decided to get help. I have been working with Pat. She has been helping me a lot. I am 23 years old and it is time for me to get my life together. So I am. One step at a time.”
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    I am Sally K. and a member of the Catholic Knights in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    I am the AmeriCorps VISTA for Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA) in Scranton, PA. I coordinate the volunteer activities for LVHA. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Clarks Summit, PA contacted us because they wanted to bring church members out for a weekend community service event.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    On Tuesday, June 23rd, Nothing But Nets joined the FBR Branch of the local Boys & Girls Clubs in Anacostia to engage the youth on the issue of malaria. 125 students ages five through 15 joined us in fun and interactive activities such as skits, creative drawing, and a NETS basketball game which served to both educate and empower the students to take action on a global issue.
  • Posted on Jul 22, 2009
  • Posted on Jul 22, 2009
    More than one-third of American children entering kindergarten today lack the basic language skills they will need to learn to read. So on June 23rd, U.S.

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