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Raise Your Hand Auction Is Discontinued

A personal message from WNCAP Executive Director Antonio Del Toro… Dear friends, The beginning of autumn is one of our favorite times of the year. Evenings grow cooler, and the sharp, earthy smell of burning firewood fills the air. The nightly chorus of cicadas fades and gives way to the sound of wind moving through the…

WNCAP Receives Funding to Advance WNC Harm Reduction Alliance

On September 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a $200,000 grant to Western NC AIDS Project (WNCAP) to combat the opioid crisis in the 7 far western counties of North Carolina: Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain and the Qualla Boundary. A total…

Register to Vote in the Midterm Elections

It’s true that every election year, pundits and politicians tell us that “this year is the most important election of your lifetime.” But in 2018 in North Carolina, that might actually be true. Not only is every House member and state lawmaker up for re-election, along with a slew of state judges. This year, six proposed…

Last Call For AIDS Quilt Panels

WNCAP will present portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt from November 26-December 1 at the Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville. This Friday, October 12, is the deadline for requesting a specific panel of a loved one to be displayed. If you would like to make a specific request, or to receive more information, please contact Randy at randy@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489 ext. 313….

WNCAP Seeks Businesses to Host Merry & Bright

Unbelievably, the Holiday Season is already soon upon us. In the midst of all the lines and crowds, the decorations and baked goods, it’s important to remember those less fortunate than us. Merry and Bright collects donated gifts from the community so that all children can have a happy holiday. But before we begin collecting presents from…

RISE ABOVE Newsletter is By Clients, For Clients

Beginning in July of 2018, WNCAP rebooted an old initiative: creating and distributing a newsletter that is by clients, for clients. The latest incarnation is called “RISE ABOVE” and is funded by a grant received from AIDS United and the Southern HIV Impact Fund. The tagline of RISE ABOVE is “Serving the WHOLE Person” because we know…

WNCAP Syringe Exchange featured in Mountain Xpress

The Needle Exchange Program of Asheville (NEPA), by WNCAP, is featured prominently in the latest edition of the popular free Asheville weekly, Mountain Xpress (August 8-14, 2018). Over the course of a four-page feature article titled “Less Harm Done”, author David Floyd takes a deep dive into several local harm reduction programs, including NEPA and The…

Michael Harney Reports from International AIDS Conference

Michael “The Rubberman” Harney (so called for his practice of handing out condoms in Asheville) is WNCAP’s global ambassador. Most recently, Michael attended the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. Below are excerpt from his two post-Conference reports. Read the complete versions here, originally published on GayAshevilleNC.com. July 25, 2018: Amsterdam, a city of 900,000 inhabitants, is again host to the…

WNC At Risk of Hepatitis A Outbreak, Says BCHHS

  Dr. Jennifer Mullendore is the Medical Director at the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services. Below is a copy of her recent written remarks to public health professionals in the WNC area. For more information about Hepatitis A, contact BCHHS at (828) 250-6308 or WNCAP at (828) 252-7489. Hepatitis A outbreaks, involving person-to-person transmission,…

DOFL Numbers Are In!

Dining Out For Life 2018 was a huge success. On April 26, over 100 restaurants in Western North Carolina donated 20% of their sales to WNCAP for HIV Prevention & Care. At the same time, hundreds of volunteer Ambassadors educated diners about HIV in our community and invited them to participate in a drawing for…