This past October 28th, for the second year in a row, we partnered with NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and his office to collect unused and unexpired medications for our HIV Medicine Recycling Program. The event took place at AIDS Memorial Park, contemplating all health and safety measures recommended by the CDC. Thanks to the Council Speaker’s support, we were able to collect more than 200 bottles of medication, while also raising awareness about our work.
Most recently, we also initiated the Hoy Invita Simón program in partnership with the CITGO charitable arm, Fundación Simón Bolívar, successfully providing food assistance to 800 Venezuelan immigrants and their families based in New York and New Jersey. This initiative, carried out by AID FOR LIFE, was developed as a response to the effects of the current pandemic on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations in our city and aimed to protect their quality of life providing nutritional assistance for a month. Our goal is to reach 4,000 people by January 2021.
Our Community Outreach Program has also picked up its pace once again. Our team has been able to conduct several HIV testing campaigns throughout the last couple of months, after being unable to perform HIV testing due to the public health risks and in compliance with the CDC guidelines. We will continue to work closely with local organizations, such as Betances, Mixteca and Latino Commission on AIDS, in order to reach vulnerable communities with free and confidential HIV testing services.
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