Saturday, June 28, 2014

TIHAN is Looking for Volunteers

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network is a wonderful group that provides support services to those living with HIV, but in order to to the work they do, they need volunteers.

If you're looking for some fun and great people to spend some time with, check this out:

We’re seeking people who like to stay active and involved to make a difference in your community. Are you someone who likes to be behind the scenes and making everything possible? Or someone who wants to be out front and face-to-face with clients, providing the information, resources, and support to help them live well?
Are you interested in being one of our happy greeters (in person and by phone), sitting in a cool air-conditioned office and entering data to support our programs, helping prepare and serve meals to people living with HIV, or working on fundraising events and programs to raise friends and funds for the cause?

The Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), the largest volunteer-based providers of support services for people living with HIV, has a volunteer opportunity that will fit your desires. TIHAN is offering potential volunteers the opportunity to learn more about our programs and volunteer opportunities at a Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 8:30am-12:30pm

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. Because of advances in treatment and medications, many people with HIV are able to focus on living and living well with this disease. For 19 years, the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) has been educating and activating people to be part of the solution and help support people.

TIHAN has provided support services to more than 500 people living with HIV/AIDS, offering an array of additional support programs, including a “Living Well with HIV” curriculum, food literacy, social and emotional support, advocacy, nutritional support, CareTeams, and more. TIHAN’s Poz Cafe lunch program is the largest regular gathering place for people living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Arizona, and has served over 19,000 meals.

“We are seeking friendly, enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in making a difference in our community,” said Alicia Talerico, TIHAN’s Office and Volunteer Coordinator. “There are many ways to get involved, and we’re here to help people make a difference.”

TIHAN has a multitude of volunteer opportunities, from receptionist and data entry positions, to outreach and education, to active support for people living with HIV/AIDS in Tucson. All TIHAN services are offered free of charge and without prejudice or proselytism.

TIHAN’s Volunteer Orientation will address questions about HIV/AIDS and give volunteers new ideas about what they can do to help. Interactive and informative, the orientation is available to all who want to learn more about HIV/AIDS and gain an understanding of and sensitivity to those living with HIV/AIDS. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $17 fee to cover the costs of food and materials. Full and partial scholarships are available. The orientation will take place at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (centrally located 2331 E. Adams Street — near Speedway and Tucson Blvd).

Since 1994, the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) has been organizing faith communities and volunteers in Tucson to respond to the HIV/AIDS health crisis with compassion and education.

Volunteer Application packets are available online at www.tihan.org. For more information or to sign up for the Volunteer Orientation, contact Alicia Talerico, Office and Volunteer Coordinator, at (520) 299-6647 or volunteercoordinator@tihan.org

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