National HIV Testing Day is June 27th!
ARE will be hosting a Community Health Resource Fair on June 27th at Our Health, Inc. campus to provide free HIV testing!
Several of our community partners will be there as well to provide blood pressure, glucose, BMI screenings, providing health information, freebies, and more!
So join us on June 27th. Take the test. Take Control!
#nhtd #fightthestigma #endHIV
Other organizations joining the Health Resource Fair will be Our Health, Inc., Healthy Families of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the NSV Substance Abuse Coalition, McGruff the Crime Dog, Valley Workforce Centers, Fremont Street Nursery, Free Medical Clinic of the NSV, The Laurel Center, Winchester Family Health Center, and Crossroads Treatment Center!
Join ARE for our 11th Annual Mardi Gras celebration. This year’s theme is Immortal Masquerade: ARE Vampyre Ball. The event will be held at the Lee Jackson Banquet Hall in Winchester, VA. Guests of the event will enjoy an evening filled with dinner, drinks, entertainement, raffles, silent and live auctions, and culminating with a dance party.
Proceeds of this event will benefit ARE, a local non-profit. ARE provides complete wrap-around services for clients living with or impacted by HIV. ARE provides free HIV testing, case management, linkage to care, mental health services, transportation and food services, as well as housing assistance to the community.
So please join ARE this February 25th for an exciting night of gothic romance.
Costumes are encouraged! There will be a costume contest.
Raffles and bars are cash-only.
Tickets are available for sale through Eventbrite only. If you have any ticket sale questions, please contact ARE at 540-536-5931.
Tickets are available at http://2017AREMardiGras.eventbrite.com
World AIDS Day is December 1st, 2016.
This day is a remembrance of the past 35 years of the HIV epidemic. Countless lives have been lost to the disease, and the epidemic changed the world.
There are still millions of people living with HIV today. Possibly hundreds of thousands more living with HIV that don’t know their status. HIV is still prevalent in many areas across the world, including the deep South.
We still have work to do to get to zero new HIV infections.
Light refreshments will be served. A candle-light vigil will be held immediately after the ceremony.
A.R.E. & Community Assistance Fund would like to invite you to volunteer this Holiday Season!
We are looking for Gift Wrapping Volunteers from November 25th-27th & December 9th-24th to gift wrap at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester, VA!
This year’s funds will go towards ARE’s Housing Programs.
gift-wrapping-flyer-2016On behalf of our Staff and Board we sincerely thank you for your support this Holiday Season! #giveback
Here is the link to sign up for gift wrapping:
ARE is currently seeking donations of tampons, panty-liners, soap, incontinence products, wet wipes, tissue packs, body/shower wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. for homeless women and transgender men in our area!
We often take the simple luxuries of having tampons and soap for granted. But for homeless individuals these items can be rather costly and often not obtainable.
If you would like to donate, please bring or mail your donations to 124 West Piccadilly Street Winchester, VA 22601.
Please join ARE and the Alamo Drafthouse Winchester for our annual midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Whether you have seen it 100 times or this is your first time, Rocky Horror stands as one of the campiest and interactive theater movies!
The Alamo Drafthouse will be providing prop bags for the event and guides on how-to use them during the movie!
Tickets are available at https://drafthouse.com/winchester/show/rocky-horror-picture-show-movie-party
Costumes are encouraged for this event!
Join us for a fantastic evening of fun and entertainment for our Cha-Cha Charity Drag Show Extravaganza! The show will feature some of your favorite Tri-State area Diva’s as well as a few special guest apprearances from your local Winchester area residents! The night will also feature DJ Tracy Popkins & Singer/Songwriter Augustus.
Doors will open at 6 pm for VIP Ticket Holders and 7:30 for General Admission.
VIP Tickets are only available until Oct 8th. For only $25, your VIP ticket includes early entrance (6 pm), hors d’ouevres, preferred seating, a special performance by singer/songwriter Augustus Wilman, and a meet & greet with the performers. General Admission tickets are $15 and allows entrance at 7:30 for the show.
VIP tickets will only be sold until October 8th – General Admission tickets can be purchased online until the day of the event and will be sold at the door until 8:30 pm. There will be no admittance after 8:30 pm without a pre-purchased ticket.
You can purchase your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-cha-cha-charity-extravaganza-tickets-27318408094?aff=ehomecard
All proceeds go directly to A.R.E.
ARE is planning our next big fundraising event in the Fall, a Drag Show Benefit, featuring the tri-state area’s favorite Divas and some talented local performers!
We are looking for enthusiastic community members to help us make this fundraiser a great success!
If you would like to join the Drag Show Fundraising Committee, please contact our Fundraising Chair for the event, Tyler, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-303-3587.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has published findings that young men are not getting routinely tested for HIV at their primary care physician appointments.
“The new report, published by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that HIV testing was performed during just 1% of doctors’ appointments among men ages 15 to 39 from 2009 to 2012. Those numbers are low despite CDC recommendations since 2006 to routinely test all adults and adolescents for HIV. In practice, actual testing has been “suboptimal,” the CDC says.”
ARE offers free HIV testing by appointment. People can also access HIV testing through their primary care providers upon request or through local health departments.
Read the whole story here: http://time.com/4379708/men-hiv-testing/
Are you looking to access basic needs in the counties of Winchester City, Frederick, Shenandoah, Page, Warren, and Clarke?
Check out ARE’s Homeless Resource Manual for assistance.
If you have housing needs, please call Centralized Intake at 540-271-1701.