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22 Nov 2017

16 HOURS IN THE AIR

We arrive in Nairobi, Kenya after 2 hours in the car and 16 in the air and the air feels cool and refreshing after the stale air of the airplane. We all slept some on the last flight, so we feel slightly alive and we arrive at our hotel for the night ready to meet the rest of the team. Two Australians, 9 Americans, 1 Brit, 1 Ukrainian make up our team of volunteers and this bunch of new friends is making our way to Miwani where we will work together with the community there for 2 weeks. At 1am, I wake up, frustrated that jetlag has gotten to me. [...]

22 Nov 2017

ANYONE CAN EAT RAMEN NOODLES EVERY DAY

VOLUNTEER PROFILE: ANN DAMIANO IS INVOLVED IN #PASSMYPLATE Imagine trying to eat every day with a budget of $1.90. Believe it or not, the poverty level worldwide is living on $1.90 everyday – and that is not just for food. Medicine, housing, clothing, transportation, schooling, and other everyday costs are included in what $1.90 must cover for a family living in poverty. The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is a non-profit global organization that brings this experience to individuals in order to raise awareness and funds for children who have been infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. The Pass My Plate event challenges participants to eat every day on [...]

22 Nov 2017

5 WAYS GIVING CAN MAKE YOU HAPPIER

Did you know that giving provides physical and emotional benefits? As in, you can be a healthier, happier and more grateful person by giving. Classes 1702 and 1703, new recruit correctional officers from the Cook County Sherriff’s Institute, completed a sixteen-week academy training, two weeks of which included advanced mental health education. During these two weeks, recruits were taught how to prevent and manage stress, whether it be in their career or personal life. And one of the most effective ways they learned about was through the act of giving. Let’s take a look at 5 ways giving can improve your life. According to the University of Berkeley, California at [...]

22 Nov 2017

DOING SOMETHING WORTHWHILE

AFCA VOLUNTEER PROFILE: SAM KOLINS For the last three years Dr. Samuel Kolins has given the first Saturday of the month to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. Kolins is a warehouse volunteer, a critical part of AFCA’s mission to provide families in Africa with the resources necessary to live healthily. As he recalls, the first few times he worked with AFCA he reflected on how new the experience was to him. Kolins first engaged with AFCA after hearing about the organization during a day of Inclusive Excellence Symposium at Lebanon Valley College. Since then he has enjoyed volunteering at the warehouse, organizing and packing supplies to be shipped [...]

22 Nov 2017

IT DEFINITELY HAS A PLACE IN MY HEART

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: JODI WINFINDALE Seeing the world through another’s eyes is a life-altering experience and for mother of eight, Jodi Winfindale, that experience involves travelling to Zimbabwe with the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA). Winfindale has been a volunteer with AFCA since 2012 when she was recruited by Tanya Weaver, who runs the organization. Since then, she has been active in different AFCA programs, including Vacation with a Purpose, where volunteers donate their time to help local communities in third-world countries like Zimbabwe. “Going to a third world country where there is no reliable electricity or running water is really moving,” Winfindale said. “Volunteering with AFCA is really [...]

22 Nov 2017

I LOVE WATCHING THE TRACTOR TRAILER LEAVE

VOLUNTEER PROFILE: BETSY DORSEY Betsy Dorsey has been volunteering for AFCA since 2010. As she started out slowly in the beginning, she began taking on more responsibilities for her time on duty, which then led to her becoming the AFCA warehouse manager. As the warehouse manager, she coordinates the pickup of donations. She oversees the preparation and packaging of all the supplies and equipment that will be shipped to help benefit kids who are in need. Four to five times a year, Dorsey and other workers load containers that consist of the equipment, and each container must be loaded within two hours. This means that they must strategize how and [...]

22 Nov 2017

GREATLY AIDING CHILDREN IN NEED

VOLUNTEER PROFILE: ANNE PARMER Anne Parmer has been involved with the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) for the past three years, and has absolutely loved every minute of it. Parmer first heard about the organization when she interviewed its Executive Director, Tanya Weaver, for a blog she was writing entitled “Interviews With Incredible Women.” “I was blown away by her commitment and the efficiency of AFCA in working with kids infected/affected by AIDS, so when Tanya asked if I'd consider being more involved, I was willing to commit,” Parmer said. She began working with AFCA in 2014, and her first commitment was to recruit a team of climbers, [...]

22 Nov 2017

HOW DO YOU KEEP VACCINES COLD IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO?

The American Foundation for AIDS (AFCA) has been working the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since late 2007.  There, we have provided medicine for patients cared for at Tandala Hospital and at 13 smaller clinics throughout the region known as the Ubangi.  With little infrastructure in place (think – no electricity or running water) and with roads that are full of potholes, mud, and puddles, it is always an adventure when we visit the projects to see how things are going! While visiting one year, we held discussions with local people to determine if there were other ways we could help those who need to take medicine.  We decided [...]

22 Nov 2017

BREWS FOR AFRICA

The American Foundation for Children with AIDS is teaming up for Revolution Brewing Company of Chicago, house of iconic beers such as Anti-Hero and others to bring awareness to AFCA’s work bringing sustainable programs to children infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan African countries. Guests will enjoy all-you-can-eat, delicious appetizers from the Brewery’s restaurant and will sip the most popular house brews (as many as you’d like!), all while being entertained by Chicago local band, The Crombies. A raffle will be held, as and a kissing booth will be availlable! Really, you don’t want to miss this fun event as you wrap up a long day at work. Tickets [...]

22 Nov 2017

IMPACTFUL AND SUSTAINABLE CHANGE

VOLUNTEER PROFILE: SYLVIA GROVE “It’s the perfect balance of local efforts and a global change.” Sylvia Grove joined the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) four years ago. Grove has been a music festival committee member for the past two years, but she was first introduced to AFCA when she was working with Tanya Weaver, the Executive Director, two years prior. Grove started with the organization by tutoring Weaver in French. Weaver travels to French speaking African countries, notably the Democratic Republic of the Congo, each year. Grove taught Weaver French so that Weaver could better communicate with those the organization helps. More recently, Grove has become a committee [...]

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