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Craig_in_Tucson

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Review for Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

SAAF - Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation - is a provider of HIV/AIDS prevention information to the public and client services to patients. It is a highly effective organization that Tucson is blessed to have. The second HIV/AIDS organization - TIHAN - is faith-based and the two work hand in glove. Most of our clients and volunteers in one organization inevitably are part of the other, too. SAAF puts on two annual fundraisers: Jello Wrestling and Moda Provacateur, that are usually sold out as soon as the tickets go on sale. Jello Wrestling is a combination drag show and jellow wrestling match. It's hilarious, and everyone loves the show. Moda is a fashion show that is full of great music and talented volunteer performers and stage crews. We also stage the local AIDSWalk. SAAF volunteers give out prevention information anywhere we're welcome. Our clients depend on us for housing, moral support, counseling, life giving meals, and a host of other vital functions.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wonderful, kind, fun people at this organization, all of whom have become friends. I can be gone from them for months and come back for a volunteer show, and staff recognize me and know my name and treat me like I'm part of something great.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fun, friendly, loving and caring people that put their heart and soul into the clients we serve. I'm deeply proud and honored to be a volunteer here.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand education and client services. We work closely with the county health service and their is never enough money to help everyone as much as we would like.

Ways to make it better...

Can't think of a single thing to complain about. Love this place!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not enough money, not enough volunteers. Same as every other non-profit.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have learned so much from SAAF. I have taken their principles of volunteer appreciation and have brought them to my church and my employer. Never have I felt so appreciated as I do here. They are just magic!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & Help as a crew member at Moda Provacateur, Jello Wrestling, AIDSWalk, and now staffing info tables at various events.

Review for Whosoever Ministries, Inc., Camden, SC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Whosoever Ministries is an online Christian magazine for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. It's positive, fully supportive message that the Gospel includes EVERYONE without exception is incredibly important to glbt Christians everywhere. It features excellent articles by some of the finest liberal Christian minds: John Spong, Rembert Truluck, and hundreds more. With religious bigots screaming hatred, Whosoever is a vital breath of fresh air to my community. It was extremely important to me when I came out, I cannot commend it highly enough.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The intelligence of the articles, the fact that they clearly show the love of God and unmask the horrid, false theology of the fundamentalists.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have met only one of the volunteers - through e-mail - but that was a deeply life changing experience for me. Dr. Rembert Truluck patiently helped me come out and confess that I was molested as a very young child. It was like I was born anew. Thanks!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the website and possibly put out a print edition, advertise. This is one ministry that desperately needs to be far more widely known in the gay community.

Ways to make it better...

Can't think of a single thing I would change. It's wonderful.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Probably lack of donations, a fate every organization suffers from. They're great, though, really!

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization literally changed my life and I am so deeply grateful to them all. Rembert Truluck and John Spong write copiously, and I have just about devoured all of their books and most of their articles. The authors here are fantastic!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & Reader.