2013 has been a year of success and growth for the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition. As we move forward toward our 24th year of operation, we would like to take a moment to look back at just a few of our accomplishments from this past year
Vermont’s Largest Gathering for People Living with HIV
As the days grow shorter and the thermometers dip lower, it’s easy to forget that just five months ago many of us were relaxing by the pool and enjoying the summer air at the Vermont PWA Coalition’s 23rd Annual HIV Positive Retreat. Over 80 people attended the Retreat, creating a rich network of support for all attendees. 15 presenters delivered over 20 workshops and events providing our community valuable information, resources, and referrals. Our new location was incredibly successful, and we’re happy to report that, based on glowing reviews, we will return to this location in 2014. Mark your calendars for July 10th-13th!
Over $4,000 in Buyers Coop Scholarships
The VTPWAC Buyers Coop provides scholarships for a supplement that help those we serve stay healthy. So far in 2013 we’ve provided $4,200 in scholarships to HIV positive members of the coop. The coop is also available to the general public, but scholarships are reserved for Vermonters living with HIV. If you would like to become a member or find out more about the coop, contact Roy at the office!
New Website and Social Media Presence
The VTPWAC website, www.vtpwac.org, got a bit of a face-lift and some new features in the latter part of the year. Logon today and see the updates for yourself. Some of the site is still under construction, but we should be up to speed soon. Look for exciting new features such as Retreat Application downloads, Buyers Coop Order Forms, VTPWAC News and Events info, and of course a prominent DONATE button in the top right corner! Find us on Facebook and Twitter, and stay up[to[date on everything VTPWAC!
New Event for VT HIV Positive Women
In October the VTPWAC hosted its first stand[alone event specifically for HIV Positive women. Over four chilly fall days the Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women (WILLOW). The group, led by trained WILLOW facilitators and an on-site mental health provider, bonded over common experiences and important learning. Learn more about WILLOW at www.vtpwac.org
A Revitalized Board
At our Town Meeting in July a new board was voted in. The 2013-2014 Vermont PWA Coalition Board has stepped up to the plate and is ready to make a difference. Thank you to all Board Members for your dedication and time! The Vermont PWA Coalition is proud of these successes and eager for more. Our advocacy services and programming benefit the HIV positive community of Vermont greatly, and we will continue the fight against HIV-related discrimination, stigma, and isolation. You can help the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition! Consider joining the board or making a donation and help us continue our important work on behalf of HIV positive Vermonters!