San Francisco AIDS Foundation benefits from a dedicated corps of volunteer—who donate their time, energy and expertise to our clients and programs. Many volunteers commit to a regular schedule, working at least twice per month.
“We are passionate about our work and the people we serve, and are renewed and inspired when others give their time, talents and resources to support our mission and work,” said director of volunteer services Jody Schaffer.
Strut, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation health and wellness center in the Castro, has over 100 regular volunteers, said Jeremy Zondlo, the volunteer and program supervisor at Strut. This includes volunteer concierges, HIV test counselors, event staff and administrative volunteers. Volunteers generously work two shifts per month that are about four hours in length.
Syringe Access Services uses a large volunteer force to distribute harm reduction supplies at the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center and at other mobile sites out in the community. Volunteers are also trained to collect used injection equipment, administer Narcan and train other people to use this overdose prevention medication.
“We have about 100 active volunteers that are dedicated to providing harm reduction services with kindness and compassion to the people we serve. We couldn’t provide the level of service to our participants that we do without our very dedicated and amazing volunteers,” said Rob Hoffman, manager of volunteers for Syringe Access Services.
Other programs at the foundation, including Latino Programs and the Stonewall Project, also benefit from the commitment of regular volunteers, who help set up and clean up after events, and help with administrative tasks.
“Our community identity and commitment to serve is expressed beautifully by the dedication of our Latino Programs Volunteers,” said Jorge Zepeda, the program manager. “Many, many hours of dedicated and caring volunteering service is given to our community every single day of the week. Our volunteer teams in Latino Programs assist every day to build a healthier Latino Community in San Francisco.”
Two long-time volunteers, Betty Peters and Lenore Sheridan staff the front reception desk at the foundation, answering the phone and directing clients and visitors to the right place. Judy On has been a regular volunteer since 2005, and now helps the philanthropy department seal and mail out acknowledgement letters, which she calls “love letters.”
Four to six times a month, corporate groups visit the foundation to help prepare harm reduction kits for Syringe Access Services.
“These visits provide a huge amount of manpower for the foundation,” said Schaffer. “And, volunteer groups are able to learn more about our foundation and the services we provide while they’re here. Many times, our volunteers leave knowing more about how we help our clients who use injection drugs and how our compassionate services—that meet people where they’re at—help people reduce the likelihood of acquiring HIV and hepatitis C.”
Thank you to all of our many volunteers!
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