December 1 | Virtual World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is a little different this year. Although we can’t meet in person, we can still commemorate the day together – virtually!

Check out Executive Director Antonio Del Toro’s World AIDS Day Op-Ed for the Asheville Citizen-Times

Check out WLOS coverage of World AIDS Day

WNCAP Mini-Docs

Asheville-based filmmaker Francine Cavanaugh (left) interviews HIV advocate Jody Cross (right) for the WNCAP Mini-Docs

We are so proud to introduce the WNCAP Mini-Docs on World AIDS Day. The WNCAP Mini-Docs, produced by Asheville-based filmmaker Francine Cavanaugh, are a series of short documentaries that illuminate the stories of some of the folks we serve. Scroll down for descriptions of the Mini-Docs, along with links to view them on YouTube.

All videos will premiere at 9am on World AIDS Day – Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Feature: The People We Serve (Mini-Doc)

Our feature Mini-Doc, “The People We Serve” is a look at the diverse individuals who are part of the WNCAP family.

Click here or on the image above to view “The People We Serve”

Jade: Medical Case Management (Mini-Doc)

Jade is a WNCAP client from Shelby, NC who works closely with her case manager, Marsha, to stay engaged in medical care.

Click here or on the image above to see “Jade: Medical Case Management”

Maxine: Know Your Status… Build Community (Mini-Doc)

Maxine is a WNCAP community navigator who volunteers her time spreading awareness about HIV and holding free community testing events around Shelby, NC.

Click here or on the image above to see “Maxine: Know Your Status… Build Community”

Giovanni: Thriving with HIV (Mini-Doc)

Giovanni has played many roles at WNCAP: client, volunteer, case manager, and now Lead Community Navigator.

Click here or on the image above to see “Giovanni: Thriving with HIV”

Harm Reduction in Far Western NC (Mini-Doc)

The WNCAP office in Franklin, NC serves Macon County and the other far western counties of our state.

Click here or on the image above to see “Harm Reduction in Far Western NC”

Miss Betty: Volunteers Spread Love (Mini-Doc)

Miss Betty is a 96-year young retired nurse who volunteers in our Franklin office assembling harm reduction kits for people who inject drugs. She is also the recipient of our inaugural Harm Reduction Ally of the Year Award.

Click here or on the image above to see “Miss Betty: Volunteers Spread Love”

Our Virtual World AIDS Day content also includes more informal videos (i.e. lower quality than the Mini-Docs, but still compelling ?) as well as the release of our 2020 Annual Report. Scroll down for descriptions and links to additional WNCAP World AIDS Day content:

We Remember…

WNCAP Volunteer Will Leckie narrates a video about the shared humanity of World AIDS Day. A chance to reflect and remember, and to celebrate those who are still in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.

Click here or on the image above to see “We Remember…”

2020 Volunteer of the Year Award

WNCAP’s Volunteer of the Year Award goes to an outstanding member of our community who donates their time, energy, and passion to helping people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. This Award is given in honor of Mark Doucet, an amazing WNCAP volunteer who passed away several years ago.

Click here or on the image above to see the Volunteer of the Year.

WNCAP Annual Report 2020 (PDF)

The 2020 WNCAP Annual Report describes, in numbers, the incredible impact WNCAP has had on our local community in the past fiscal year – along with the impact COVID-19 has had on our service provision.

Click here or on the image above to view the 2020 Annual Report.

HIV Ally of the Year Award

WNCAP’s first-ever HIV Ally of the Year Award was created in honor of WNCAP Case Manager Carlos Oppenheimer, who passed away unexpectedly this year. Carlos went above and beyond for his clients, just like our award-winner this year.

Click here or on the image above to view the Carlos Oppenheimer HIV Ally of the Year.

Harm Reduction Ally of the Year Award

The recipient of our first-ever Harm Reduction Ally of the Year Award is a person who displays remarkable compassion towards our harm reduction participants and who volunteers their time to improve participants’ lives.

Click here or on the image above to see the Harm Reduction Ally of the Year.

Did you know World AIDS Day falls on Giving Tuesday this year?  

It is fitting that Giving Tuesday falls on World AIDS Day this year… because there has been no time since the peak of the AIDS epidemic when our work has been so critical. When COVID-19 struck, demand for all WNCAP services skyrocketed and people living with HIV are more vulnerable than ever.

COVID-19 disproportionately affected people living with HIV. Many of our clients lost their jobs, housing, or ability to leave the house because of a compromised immune system.

Requests for emergency financial assistance, case management services, and food delivery are at an all-time high, and we expect even higher demand this winter.

Will you give in honor of World AIDS Day?

  • $25 is enough for a lifesaving overdose reversal kit.
  • $50 purchases 100 condoms to distribute throughout our community.
  • $100 can cover transportation costs to get someone engaged in medical care.
  • $500 provides a week of shelter for people living with HIV who have nowhere else to go in the middle of a pandemic.

Your donation today will help a person living with HIV stay healthy, housed, and fed tomorrow. Thank you for your compassion ❤️

Our sincere gratitude goes towards our generous sponsors: Sona Pharmacy + Clinic and Gould Killian CPA Group, for sponsoring the WNCAP Mini-Docs. We can only continue our work with the support of amazing community partners like these!

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