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.
ARE was fortunate to purchase our first agency property and we want to share this significant event wiith you!
ARE has seen so many changes over all these years, and we want to thank our community partners for their collaborations and contributions to the agency. You have truly enriched the lives of our consumers!
We’ll see you at the Open House May 19th!
Formal sex education is the decline in the United States, especially in rural areas.
“In the 2006 to 2010 surveys, 70 percent of girls and 61 percent of boys said they had received formal instruction about birth control, which dropped to 60 percent and 55 percent, respectively, in the 2011 to 2013 surveys.
Girls also reported less formal education on STDs, HIV and AIDS prevention, and saying no to sex over time. Both girls and boys reported more formal education in saying no to sex without instruction about birth control in the second survey wave, the researchers report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.”
State and local education policies dictate how and if schools will address sex education for school-age children.
Read more about the decline here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/formal-sex-education-is-on-the-decline-in-the-us_us_571105a9e4b0018f9cb9cbe1?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living
Today marks National Transgender HIV Testing Day!
“Transgender people, particularly transgender women, are disproportionately affected by HIV. A 2013 systematic review found that the estimated HIV prevalence (percentage of a population living with HIV) among transgender women was 22% in the United States.
Another analysis estimated that HIV prevalence among African American transgender women was as high as 56%. Because transgender people, especially transgender women, are at high risk for acquiring HIV, there is an urgent need to expand HIV testing — the critical first step along the continuum of care — and prevention and treatment initiatives to reach the transgender community.”
Expanding HIV testing, access to prevention measures like condoms and PrEP, and increased awareness can help transgender people get access to the care and support they need.
Read more here: