Volunteers Build the Movement
Volunteers contribute over 1,100 hours every month at AIDS Action to help stop the epidemic. From each volunteer application, an individual of conviction and compassion quickly shines through the words.
“I can’t bear the idea of people out there going through [the experience of living with HIV] alone.” -- now a Check-In volunteer, providing long term, weekly support to people living with HIV over the phone.
“Being gay makes me want to reach out to people in my community and help all that I can.” — now an Outreach volunteer, talking one-on-one with people in the gay community about safer sex.
“I’ve always felt that AIDS played a part in my life because my uncle, who died before I was born, was an AIDS activist.” — now a Boomerangs volunteer, raising money for AIDS Action programs.
“I think this needs to be a disease that is on everyone’s mind.” — now a Hotline volunteer, helping field the over 1,000 calls received each month.
I believe that when people understand this epidemic, they are moved to action. Every day I see victories in the fight against complacency and silence. When someone calls the Hotline seeking counsel, the voice on the line will be a volunteer. When a person living with HIV needs nutritious groceries, they will come from a volunteer’s hands. Each person of conscience can contribute. Just as important, each person must act as an ambassador to their community, broadening this fight, and moving others to transform their compassion into action.