Hickory – ALFA invites community members to attend a Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, May 26, 2016.  The orientation will be 6 – 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, located at 833 5th Street SE, Hickory, NC.  Light refreshments will be provided. Sessions fill up quickly, so call 828-322-1447, extension 233 to secure a spot,  no later than 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Participants will learn the basic facts of HIV/AIDS, transmission modes and how the stigma affects those living with the virus, as well as those most at risk for acquiring the disease.   Volunteer activities include office support, serving on committees, transportation of clients to medical appointments, teaching and testing guidelines, and assisting in the fundraising events scheduled throughout the year for ALFA. Following ALFA Volunteer Training, Internships are available for students of human services and other related degree programs.

“Through the education and action of our volunteers, we at ALFA look forward to the day when we will no longer be needed to provide services to the community”, says Thom Hutchens, ALFA Volunteer Coordinator.

While medications are available to manage the disease, the only way to create a generation without AIDS is to get the message of  prevention to all members of local communities, is by empowering volunteers through education.

ALFA  is a United Way member agency, providing Medical Case Management, Prevention Education, HIV Testing and Counseling as well as Volunteer Opportunities.  ALFA’s mission is to improve the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing.  ALFA serves Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Watauga and Wilkes counties.

For more information about ALFA, please visit www.alfainfo.org, or call Thom Hutchens, at 828-322-1447, extension 233.