Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car sharing network, along with AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI), a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV and AIDS , have formed a partnership to marry energy-efficient transportation and the battle against the AIDS epidemic.
From June 15 to July 15, 2011, all donations of $10 or more made by existing Zipcar members will receive a $10 driving credit to put toward their next reservation on behalf of Zipcar. Those who are not currently Zipcar members can donate to receive $30 off a new membership.
“This latest alliance with Zipcar is actually an expansion of a longstanding and successful relationship between our organizations,” explained AFAI executive director Jesus Aguais. “Zipcar has already been assisting us with the transportation of medicine from donors’ homes and clinics to our offices. We’re very grateful for that help and look forward to working with Zipcar on this new program.”
“We chose to work with AFAI because we believe in their mission, and we’re happy to be able to provide them with access to Zipcars to help collect medicine for those in need, ” said Charlie Irons, general manager, Zipcar New York. “We see this as a great opportunity to further encourage our great community of NYC Zipsters to help this important cause.”
Founded in 2000, Zipcar operates the world’s leading car sharing network. Zipcar provides the freedom of “wheels when you want them” to over 575,000 members, known as “Zipsters.” The company operates a fleet of over 8,000 vehicles in 14 major metropolitan areas and on more than 230 college campuses in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Zipcar’s self-service vehicles are available on-demand in conveniently located in reserved parking spots in neighborhoods where members live and work.
Founded in 1996, AFAI collects unused, unexpired HIV/AIDS medicine in the U.S. that would otherwise go to waste and redistributes them to needy recipients in more than 35 developing countries at no cost. Over the past 15 years, AFAI has distributed more than $70 million worth of life-saving antiretroviral medication to thousands of individuals and health clinics.
AFAI also operates an HIV prevention program that reaches more than 100,000 adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean; advocates for progressive political and social change in that region; and assists Spanish-speaking immigrants living with HIV/AIDS in the New York City area.