Tis the season for giving! As many of you know, I took over a number of responsibilities as the Interim Executive Director of the Nebraska AIDS Project in June of 2017. During the upcoming month, we'll be asking donors to open their hearts and minds to support this cause through Giving Tuesday, World AIDS Day, Night of a Thousand Stars (our annual fundraising gala) and our year-end campaign. The support that Nebraska AIDS Project gives to people living with HIV throughout the ENTIRE STATE of Nebraska is inspiring. Over the years, NAP has gone from a grassroots organization staffed by volunteers to a scrappy nonprofit with a continual flow of employees and partners who reiterate that the work we do here MATTERS. We continue improve health outcomes in this great state each and every year. We cannot continue these efforts without the support of individual donors like you all. I know that dollars run thin around the holidays and I know that giving opportunities are plentiful and hard to prioritize. I ask you, wholeheartedly, to consider contributing any amount you can to this effort. These efforts are life-enhancing at very least and life-saving at their very best. Donate here: goo.gl/zYV8ZL THANK YOU. London Woolman Interim Executive Director for the Nebraska AIDS Project
20Nov 23OctNAP Clients can receive help during the following insurance clinic times: Omaha NAP office 11/09/17 – 12:00pm-7:30pm 11/17/17 – 10:30am-4:00pm 12/14/17 – 12:00pm-7:30pm Lincoln NAP office 11/29/17 – 11:30am-6:00pm 12/07/17 – 11:30am-6:00pm Please call 402-552-9260 ext 125 to schedule an appointment for assistance. 26MayMay 26, 2017 Dear Community Partners and Friends of Nebraska AIDS Project: On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP), I have important news to share. It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Jordan Delmundo has notified the Board of his intent to resign his position as Executive Director of NAP effective June 2. Jordan has been indispensable to NAP since joining in 2009, taking on roles of Case Manager, Programs & Grant Manager, Director of Public Policy, and ultimately, Executive Director. NAP, and more importantly, persons and families of people living with HIV/AIDS, have benefitted tremendously from Jordan’s many accomplishments in his work with community partners, volunteers and staff to affect the mission of NAP to overcome HIV/AIDS and its stigma through education, advocacy and supportive services. Jordan has been instrumental in improving NAP’s fiscal strength, elevating NAP’s public voice and community reputation, establishing new and necessary outreach programs, as well as managing the organization’s critical day to day function in the community it serves. NAP is a stronger and better organization today because of Jordan’s strong leadership and advocacy. We wish Jordan all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his years of service to NAP and all those who it serves. The NAP Board of Directors has been engaged for some time in strategic planning to review the mission and services of the agency to ensure it is adapted to effectively and strongly meet the needs of people and families living with HIV/AIDS. When complete, and in keeping with that strategy, the Board will be setting up succession committee and, potentially, a search committee, to find and select a transformative leader to become the next Executive Director. In the interim, London Woolman will lead the agency as Interim Executive Director. London has been with NAP since 2015, serving in key leadership roles, most recently as Director of Operations. London shares Jordan’s passion for the work of NAP. The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of NAP remain committed to our mission and the clients and community we serve. We look forward to a strong new future with solid leadership. Jason D. Coleman, Ph.D. Vice President, NAP Board of Directors 22DecEvery holiday season, some fantastic supporters and advocates across the community come together to make the season bright for NAP clients across the state. Two local groups go out of their way to make sure that people living with HIV can enjoy the holiday season: The Imperial Court of Nebraska (ICON) and Rejoice! Lutheran Church. [caption id="attachment_5618" align="alignnone" width="690"] The ICON crew shopping for the families of NAP clients.[/caption] Every year ICON hosts a holiday fundraiser at The Max to benefit NAP clients and their families during the holiday season. This year ICON's efforts provided gifts to 125 children of NAP clients, as well as gift cards to 300 client households across the state in Scottsbluff, Kearney, Norfolk, Lincoln, and Omaha! Rejoice! Lutheran Church hosts a giving tree, where church members are able to provide gifts for NAP clients. Thanks to the Rejoice!, we had 37 of our clients participate in the Adult Gift Giveaway in Omaha. Many of NAP's clients do not have large amounts of disposable income to spend on gifts. The costs associated with HIV medical care and maintaining stable housing are large. The support received from ICON and Rejoice! makes a huge difference in the lives of our clients making life more enjoyable during the holiday season. THANK YOU ICON AND REJOICE! 21DecThere’s a saying that ‘the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart’. Nebraskans show their hearts when supporting Worlds AIDS Day. World AIDS Day was first recognized on December 1, 1988. Since its inception as a global health day, acknowledging the more than 35 million people living with HIV around the world, and the more than 35 million who have passed from AIDS-related complications since the virus was first identified in 1984, World AIDS Day has become an effort to unite communities in the fight against HIV/AIDS. During the past few decades, our friends and neighbors all across Nebraska have gathered to celebrate, honor, and remember the lives of those who are currently living with HIV as well as those who have passed. As the state’s only AIDS Service Organization, the Nebraska AIDS Project has been there along the way to recognize and lift up the spirits of those in Nebraska who are struggling. Who are grieving. Who are living life to the fullest. Who are standing in solidarity with those who have been impacted by the virus. Who are willing to walk along the sometimes rough road that accompanies this diagnosis. It’s a small gesture that goes a long way, and we’ve been fortunate to participate so actively with those in Nebraska who are interested in remembering and honoring their family, friends, and community members who have been impacted by HIV. From the western-most point in Nebraska to the eastern-most point, we’ve gathered to celebrate and embrace those needing it most. World AIDS Day in Nebraska serves as an outlet to educate, to celebrate and salute the dignity of those affected by HIV, and to come together in solidarity. We encourage our staff members across the state to participate in local World AIDS Day activities. Here are the stories of a few of those celebrations… Scottsbluff – The Calico Spirit Group and Nebraska AIDS Project partnered to host an educational program and candle-lighting ceremony, featuring a key note address from Jeff Tracy, from Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN). This event was open to the public, and featured Mr. Tracy’s presentation, “State of HIV Care”, in conjunction with a meal and candle-lighting ceremony. The World AIDS Day event, celebrating the lives of those living or impacted by HIV in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming, is now in its 15th consecutive year. News coverage from KNEP NBC Nebraska here. Central Nebraska: Hastings/Kearney/Grand Island – Hastings College organized an event on their campus, featuring two speakers as well as presenters from their student HIV awareness group, called Peer HIV Education Organization (PHIVE-O). Luminaries were placed on the lawn of the student union after lunch and remained lit in honor of World AIDS Day late into the evening. [caption id="attachment_5560" align="alignnone" width="350"] PHIVE-O awareness group arranging luminaries on the student union lawn to recognize World AIDS Day at Hastings College.
[/caption] Lincoln – Southeast Community College invited Nebraska AIDS Project to participate and educate attendees to its World AIDS Day event on campus. The Student Activities representatives on campus played Plinko with questions about HIV/AIDS and gave students an opportunity to learn and win prizes. This event was open to the public and some visitors from outside the school attended as well. This event served up lots of great learning and educational opportunities about the transmission of HIV and opening up conversations on the topic of living with HIV. [caption id="attachment_5569" align="alignnone" width="350"] Lincoln NAP employee, Shaina, attending the World AIDS Day event on campus at Southeast Community College.[/caption] Northeastern Nebraska: Wayne - The Pride Group at Wayne State College asked NAP’s Norfolk Case Manager, Christin Woockman, to help with an awareness/education event on World AIDS Day. Christin provided statistics and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services sent a box of giveaways items such as keychains for the event. The group made a banner using various statistics about HIV, to use as a visual presentation. Condoms and brochures were distributed, along with cards about free testing at student health. The newspaper at Wayne State College covered the event and several students participated. [caption id="attachment_5562" align="alignnone" width="350"] World AIDS Day educational event at Wayne State College[/caption] Omaha– Metropolitan Community Church in Omaha hosted a service, inviting NAP staff to attend and help guide the service. A section of “The NAMES Project – AIDS Memorial Quilt” was on display at the event and was a reminder to those in attendance of the awe-inspiring legacy of the battle against HIV/AIDS that we strive to continue to uphold. Our own Executive Director, Jordan Delmundo, delivered an inspiring speech reminding those in attendance that despite the political climate, we will rise above and live to see the end of HIV/AIDS. Community members shared personal stories about overcoming fear, and calling to end stigma associated with an HIV diagnosis. Several community members shared inspiring messages about their personal journey either living with HIV, or supporting a loved one. This type of service makes an impact by bringing the community together and asking that we all love and support one another, and that we raise our voices in the face of injustice and stand in solidarity. A local group of women affected by HIV created a quilt this year to commemorate the event. This quilt is now on display in the Omaha NAP office. In addition to the main event at MCC, NAP’s Youth Engagement Coordinator, Abigael Stewart also attended educational events at Bank of the West and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. News coverage from WOWT NBC Omaha here. [caption id="attachment_5563" align="alignnone" width="350"] A portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at Metropolitan Community Church in Omaha[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5614" align="alignnone" width="350"] Quilt created by a local group of women affected by HIV, can now be viewed at the Omaha NAP office.[/caption] To make a donation to the Nebraska AIDS Project, please click here. Your donation dollars help us continue our mission to serve those impacted by HIV right here in Nebraska. London Woolman is the Accounting & HR Manager for the Nebraska AIDS Project, overseeing the financials, human resources, and operations of all NAP offices across Nebraska. In addition to her work at NAP, London is a runner/trapeze school graduate/Night Court rerun watcher.
Nebraska AIDS Project's Year End Matching Challenge!There are a lot of unknowns as to how our election results will impact people living with HIV. We are all wondering if we can maintain the progress we've made towards the end of the epidemic, but like the brave people in the early days of AIDS who founded NAP and places like it, we will move forward in the face of that uncertainty. As the year comes to an end, I have fantastic news to share. A group of supporters want us to end 2016 on a high note and agreed to match all donations to NAP up to $5,000 through December 31st! DONATE TODAY TO MAKE YOUR SUPPORT HAVE TWICE THE IMPACT! Help NAP provide critical support services to over 600 low income people living with HIV, and their families, as they access medical care and housing. Help us provide education and HIV/STI testing to over 2,300 people across the state. Help us advocate for policy that addresses the root causes of the epidemic. We now live in a world the end of the epidemic is truly in sight. We have every tool in the toolbox and we will not look back. But our progress is only as good as our ability to sustain it. Help us with a year-end gift today! Click here to make your tax deductible donation. Or mail your check to: Nebraska AIDS Project, 250 S 77th St, Suite A, Omaha, NE 68114. Best regards, Jordan Delmundo, MPA, MSW | Executive Director