Dining Out for Life, the annual event when local restaurants donate a portion of their sales to support those living with and at risk for HIV, is on Tuesday, April 24 this year. Save the date now, and sign up to join as an “ambassador” to get more involved in the effort to eliminate the negative impact that HIV has on the community.
Find out why Dining Out for Life is so special—and what it means to be an ambassador—from San Francisco resident Sergio Lopez. Sergio is a manager of a Levi’s store in the Castro and has been a Dining Out For Life ambassador for many years. He’s embraced the event as his favorite volunteer opportunity.
“A few years ago I wanted to do some kind of volunteering, and I found out about Dining Out for Life through Levi’s. I think it’s great that the event helps support the free programs and services of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. And the event is an opportunity to talk with others about HIV prevention and HIV care.”
Sergio loves that Dining Out for Life is an opportunity to do good through a social event. “When you’re an ambassador, basically you’re asking your friends to come and eat with you. You get to host a fun night out in San Francisco. I always ask my friends to dine with me, and ask that they invite their friends, too. It turns into a chance to meet a lot of new people, all for a good cause.”
Restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life agree to donate upwards of 25% of the day’s (and/or night’s) proceeds to San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The foundation has recently been awarded the highest rating by the premiere charity rating group Charity Navigator for its record of strong financial management and accountability. A full 82 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to support programs and services including HIV services, PrEP access, STI care, community groups and educational and advocacy activities.
“Being an ambassador doesn’t feel like work,” said Sergio. “You’re giving your time to do something good, and at the same time enjoying yourself.”
This year, Dining Out For Life will be on April 24, 2017. Get more information and sign-up to be an ambassador at www.dolfsf.org.
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