Fred Says Gives $50,000 to HIV+ Youth Organizations
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The foundation will be making their largest gift ever, including $10,000 impact grants to organizations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York city.
(Chicago, IL) – Fred Says, a non-profit organization that raises money to support HIV+ youth and at-risk populations, will be providing its largest donations to date.
This year, the foundation will be gifting more than $50,000 across the United States to organizations supporting HIV+ youth, including (4) large ‘impact grants’ of $10,000 going to Test Positive Awareness Network and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Callen-Lorde Health Center in New York City, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
“Four years ago I started Fred Says as a way of helping HIV+ youth stay healthy and achieve their full potential,” says founder, Dr. Rob Garofalo. “It is our pleasure to, in a small way, continue to help organizations fill gaps in services so young people will not only survive, but thrive.”
The money is being gifted to provide fiscal support for services provided to HIV+ youth as well as for advocacy groups that help educate the public about the needs of young people at risk for HIV.
The agencies who will be receiving gifts of $1,000 to $10,000 are:
• Advocates for Youth, Washington, D.C. to support their National Youth HIV/AIDS Day on April 10th, which raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on youth.
• Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to support their Adolescent Medicine program, which treats pediatric HIV/AIDS patients.
• Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to continue supporting the emergency assistance program for youth impacted by HIV/AIDS.
• Callen-Lorde’s Health Outreach to Teens (HOTT), New York City, which targets homeless and unstably housed youth across New York City who are at risk of contracting HIV.
• Pridelines Youth Services, Miami will use their gift to continue their LGBTQ youth homeless services and prevention program.
• Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), Chicago to provide financial resources needed to lessen gaps in services not covered by current grants, including general operations.
• Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Phoenix to provide fiscal support to help re-launch a medical transition program for HIV+ youth who are leaving pediatric care and entering adult care.
• Queer, Ill and Okay, Chicago to provide financial support for an exhibition featuring the works of queer youth artists who are living with HIV.
To date, Fred Says has given more than $200,000 to the community through services and advocate groups related to HIV+ adolescents. This year, these gifts are more important than ever, as HIV funding is on the decline and essential programs are at risk of disappearing.
“This amazing funding will be used to help support our adolescents and HIV+ young adults with issues that go beyond healthcare,” says Marvin Belzer, Director of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Belzer’s program used the funds for formal medical support as well as for the care of support animals for patients.
“I recently assisted a client whose puppy, Bolt, a primary support in her life, was overdue for immunizations. It caused my client a lot of stress to manage her finances,” says a case manager within CHLA’s program working with HIV+ youth. “She was beyond excited and overly appreciative when we were able to provide the funds through Fred Says to assist Bolt’s vaccination schedule.”
Fred Says announces its annual gifts every December in celebration of World AIDS month. This is the largest gift to date since its founding in 2012. This year’s awards would not be possible without the continual support of the Stonewall Sports League of Chicago, which donates proceeds of each season directly to the organization.
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Fred Says is recognized by the federal government as a 501–C3 non-profit charitable organization. The mission of Fred Says is to create a self-sustaining charity that ensures that all HIV+ teenagers receive the care and services they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Fred Says seeks to reduce the stigma associated with HIV that makes it difficult for young HIV+ people to access the care they deserve and to focus on their health and emotional well-being. To learn more visit: www.fredsays.org.