Seven reasons to volunteer at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

September 20, 2016

Events like AIDS Run & Walk Chicago don't come together by themselves; they happen because talented volunteers come together and make it happen! Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer for this year's event on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Soldier Field? Click here to learn more.

Still on the fence? Read seven reasons other volunteers come back year after year to support the HIV community and #bandtogether.


1. I started volunteering for AFC because I want to give back and provide a voice for those living with HIV and other chronic diseases. AFC is all about advocacy, awareness, mobilization and promoting responsibility within our community. I love the work of AFC!


2. I started volunteering with AFC because I had such a blast as a participant in the AIDS Walk every year, and I also wanted to find another way to give back to the many organizations that have helped me so much since my HIV+ diagnosis in 2009.


3. I started volunteering because helping others and giving back is what I do! Plus, I'm working to break down barriers of fear and misunderstanding around HIV and AIDS.


4. I started volunteering for AFC over 10 years ago, not just to provide music for both runners and walkers but to be a face for those whom I've lost and bring awareness. I continue to do it because it's needed and necessary in our communities — especially to the youth coming out. 


5. I volunteer with AFC because this is an organization that strives to create systemic change to empower and improve the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS. I continue to volunteer with them because they continuously evolve and adapt their programming to fit the needs of their communities.


6. I have seen firsthand the impact this disease has had on people's lives. I am HIV-positive and have lost a partner to AIDS, and I have many friends who have lost loved ones and/or are living with the virus themselves. I volunteer to help remove stigma, to keep people aware that HIV still threatens people's lives, and to build toward a world where no one again contracts or gets sick from or dies from HIV.

Vinny (left)

7. I started volunteering with AFC as a way to honor my father who lost his battle with AIDS over 20 years ago. I continue to volunteer because I enjoy working with the people in the organization as we band together to spread awareness about this epidemic and provide solutions. 



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