In only a few short weeks riders will strap on their helmets and get their bikes in gear for the 16th AIDS Ride Wisconsin.
Rocky Mountain CARES (RMC) is expanding access to HIV care and treatment services with the addition of a new physician through a unique partnership with University of Colorado Health.
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) Psychiatrist Dr. Asma Iqbal presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in New York, May 5. Dr. Iqbal was part of a symposium titled, “Novel Patient Engagement Strategies for Underserved and Vulnerable Persons with HIV.”
In Madison, Pride events start anew next month:
Madison staff also had booths at both Fruit Fest and the Badgerland Classic Softball tournament that took place in June.
ARCW was the exclusive sponsor of the Thursday night opening of Milwaukee’s PrideFest with DJ Cash Cash. We also hosted booths in the health and wellness & youth areas to provide outreach and education. Additionally, the food pantry collected food at the entrance to the Summerfest grounds.
Greater Wisconsin also will play host to Pride celebrations throughout the summer, including:
If you have questions about any of these events or would like information on how to get involved, contact us today at email@example.com.
ARCW staff member Jimi Reinke was tirelessly devoted to the mission of ARCW and its prevention efforts. Jimi passed away on July 8, 2017 after losing a courageous battle with cancer. Jimi was a well-respected, cherished ARCW employee of nearly 16 years.
As the first anniversary of his passing approaches, his smile is vividly remembered by those of us who worked with him and knew him.
In addition to being an incredible HIV prevention professional, Jimi was an artist. In fact, he received a bachelor’s degree in Art. His family is organizing an art show featuring his works. The event will honor not only his memory, but also his passion for his work.
The retrospective will take place Saturday, August 11 at 4 p.m. at the Common Wealth Gallery in Madison. Artwork sales will benefit ARCW. ARCW allies are invited to participate in this event.
ARCW kicked off pride weekend in Milwaukee with the year’s most colorful run, the Big Gay 5K. Milwaukee Gay Sports Network hosted the 7th Annual Big Gay 5K Run/Walk. The event welcomed 140 runners to Veterans Park and netted $1,400.
It’s time to get in gear for the 2018 AIDS Ride Wisconsin. The ride is only weeks away! Departing from Madison on Friday, July 27, the ride will head toward camp at Carroll University in Waukesha, returning Sunday, July 29 to Madison for the closing ceremonies. There is a route for every level of cycling enthusiast. If you can’t commit to a full day, consider the 25- or 50-mile route options. Register and donate today at aidsridewis.org.
AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run will be Saturday, October 6. This year we will be joined by director and award-winning actor Matt Bomer. Visit aidswalkwis.org to register for the run or walk today. Grand Walkers, individuals raising $1,000 or more, get to have their photo taken with Matt at the walk.
Visit arcw.org to learn more about upcoming events.
The increasing cost of living in the Denver Metro area is resulting in a higher rate of homelessness and more demand for access to sources of nutritious food for people in need. In response, an international ally is stepping up their efforts to combat food insecurity.
The MAC AIDS Fund, a MAC Cosmetics initiative, is an international foundation that provides resources to people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. Recently, the MAC AIDS Fund awarded RMC $10,000 to support our efforts to build a food pantry at Rocky Mountain CARES.
RMC Case Managers have noted an increase in patient referrals to food banks and food pantries. Although the existing referral sources are doing great work, their capacity is limited. Further exacerbating our patients’ challenge is that in some cases the food banks and food pantries are not conveniently located and have limited operating hours, forcing our patients to make a choice between food and treatment.
Long commutes to and from food banks and pantries in combination with limited operating hours create barriers to accessing not only nutritious food, but also succeeding with the high-quality care they receive from RMC. The HIV Medical Home Model at RMC will help eliminate this barrier because the food pantry will now be co-located with the other services essential to their HIV care and treatment right in the same facility.
Private funding is critical to the mission of ARCW and RMC. In an effort to better serve patients and clients and engage donors in the exciting work of bringing the HIV Medical Home model of care Denver, ARCW and RMC have hired a new Director of Development, Kenneth Barela, to help raise funds in Colorado.
“Ken brings skills and an acumen that will be important to our growth in Denver,” said Dan Mueller, ARCW Chief Development Officer. “He is steeped in fundraising experience and as a former mayor of a Denver neighboring community Ken understands not only the importance of engaging in relationships, but also being accountable to them.”
In 2018, to date, more than $25,000 has been raised and nearly $1 million in requests are pending seeking support for the various services and programs of RMC.
RMC allies interested in helping us provide food to HIV patients or support any of our programs and services should contact Ken Barela, at 303-802-5302 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 27 the women of Gamma Gamma Sigma at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse held their 23rd Annual Teeter-Totter-A-Thon to raise funds for ARCW.
The event started through a personal connection. "One of our members had a family member who had AIDS, so that's how this event started 23 years ago," explained Alyssa Glassen, co-coordinator of the Teeter-Totter-A-Thon.
The event featured music, raffle items, lawn games, and other fun activities such as the teeter-totters. Click here to read news coverage about the event.
Contact our staff if you would like to learn more about how to host your own fundraiser and support the fight against AIDS.