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Desert AIDS Project
June 15, 2011

I do the HIV testing and counseling. Started 14 years ago just volunteering my time drawing blood for the HIV Testing Program, I progressed up in to my current position about 6 years ago. I'm a retired RN, and the time I spend Volunteering for the Desert Aids Project has kept me active and engauged in my life. I have been a volunteer since I was 10, first in the Boy Scouts, Then in College with doing STD testing for the Board of Health, I did the STD test from the mid 70's to the Mid 80's then became interested in HIV testing and Counseling. Volunteer is ALWAYS a positive experience, no matter what you are doing it HELPS!!! For your body and your soul.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a client, receiving services from The Desert AIDS Project, Medical Care, Legal Advice, Help with Medicare and MediCal, as well as ADAP. I have never had any issues with the services I've received, and always felt very respected.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Some times I feel suggestions are not given the review that they could. I have personally made suggestion about research projects and programs that could be started at a minimal cost. But felt the programs were just dismissed because it was something someone would have to look into, or because "Well we've just never done that."

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

A little more recogniation, I know the Dinner in December is a big deal and cost some momey. But wouldn't hurt to hear from the powers that be, that what you are doing is helping save lives, and remember we are the first people that others see. So for the Average person, The DAP is that Volunteer that they are dealing with. Volunteer of the Month might be a nice gesture, doesn't cost anything, And would give others something to strive for. Also no matter what part of the DAP you are working in or Revivals, yes we should at least have some water available for us to drink, Soda is nice too, But not always available Just a thought.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Volunteering keeps me from focusing on me and my pain, Sometimes I have to drag my self to vounteer, but when I get there I start feeling better about myself. I know what my body needs and If I didn't volunteer for the DAP I would be volunteering somewhere else.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good for the most part, you do sometimes get nasty people and try as you might they are just not happy with anything you do or say. Volunteerign is very hard work. And can be quite stressful at times.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & HIV Counselor and Tester, RN.