YOU Can Help Make A Difference!
From July 21 - 24, 2016 I will be part of the crew for the Red Ribbon Ride.
Red Ribbon Ride is a 4 day, 300 mile bicycle ride that raises vital funds for eight locally-based HIV/AIDS service organizations in Minnesota; providing treatment, prevention and awareness.
I appreciate any donation you can make in order to help. I hope I can count on you to support me on my journey of hope for thousands of Minnesotans with HIV/AIDS and those at risk of infection.
Over the next few months I plan to update this page frequently so you can follow my progress. Please visit often! While you're here, spend some time on the site to find out more about why this event is so important, and learn about the people who will benefit from the money we raise.
Thank you for your support!
My Personal Web Log
Who benefits from this anyway?
If you're like me, you are being asked to donate to a myriad of great causes. You start to feel overwhelmed, because you can't make a difference for everyone, and you want to make sure your donation has the biggest impact possible. That's why I am so glad the Red Ribbon Ride focuses on local organizations with lower overhead costs than the huge organizations out there. Red Ribbon Ride benefits only local organizations!
Here is a rundown of the 8 beneficiaries:
CLARE HOUSING: Clare Housing provides a continuum of affordable and supportive housing options that create healing communities and optimize the health of people living with HIV/AIDS. http://www.clarehousing.org
AFRICAN AMERICAN AIDS TASK FORCE: The mission of the African American AIDS Task Force is to provide culturally specific prevention, education and services to people of African descent who are living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. http://www.aaatf.org/history.html
HOPE HOUSE OF ST. CROX VALLEYHope House provides assisted care for people living with HIV/AIDS who are no longer able to live independently. Licensed under Minnesota rules as Adult Foster Care, Hope House is one of five co-housing facilities in the State and the only one outside the urban Twin Cities. http://www.hopehousescv.org
MINNESOTA AIDS PROJECT: Our mission is to lead Minnesota's fight to stop HIV through prevention, advocacy, awareness and services. http://www.mnaidsproject.org/about-us/index.php
ONE HEARTLAND: For youth affected by HIV/AIDS; camp located in Willow River, MN http://www.oneheartland.org/camps-and-programs/camp-heartland
PARK HOUSE: Founded in 1996, Park House is one of only six programs in the U.S. providing day health services for people with HIV/AIDS. http://www.allinahealth.org/Abbott-Northwestern-Hospital/Services/HIV-AIDS/
RURAL AIDS ACTION NETWORK: RAAN envisions rural communities where persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS live dignified lives and receive appropriate and compassionate medical care, and where communities understand the realities of transmission and prevention. http://www.raan.org
THE ALIVENESS PROJECT: What started out as a small group of people gathering to share potluck meals has grown into a membership organization that now serves one out of four Minnesotans living with HIV or AIDS. Over the years, The Aliveness Project has developed an innovative set of essential services and programs to address the needs of its members. We offer a food shelf and hot meals to support daily nutrition, outreach and case management services to get people tested and into medical care, integrative therapies to alleviate the side effects of HIV medications and promote general well-being, and much more. http://www.aliveness.org/know-us
Click on any of the links for these organizations, and I think you'll agree that this is an excellent way to start truly making a difference! You can feel good about your donation, knowing that it is going to direct support and services. Join me!
P.S. As part of our training, we will be visiting each of the above sites. Stay tuned for my posts about each site, and my impressions of them!
by Sharon Armus on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 2:02 PM
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