Volunteer -or- Intern at VAIN!

As a 100% all volunteer organization, VAIN has Volunteer and Intern opportunities for everyone. If you just want to volunteer/intern a few hours a month, or if you want to make a deeper commitment, VAIN can sure use your help. We are committed to working with all our volunteers to expand not only their understanding of HIV/AIDS, but to develop leadership abilities by including public speaking and organizing information for Tabling and by developing volunteers/interns to eventually become ambassadors and organizers for a cause. To bypass this article and go directly to a  Volunteer Application please type this web address into your Internet Browser Address Search line : http://valleyaidsinfo.org/index.php/home-mainmenu-1/74-volunteerintern/81-volunteer-application

VAIN currently has the following Volunteer/Intern opportunities available:

O U T R E A C H/E D U C A T I O N

Board of Directors

VAIN is currently recruiting Board of Directors for 2014.  Our inclusive board is made up of various professionals with years of experience in HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach, Accounting/Finance, Board Development and Non-profit Business Management. We are currently recruiting a few good community members to become general board members to start, with the opportunity to advance as you prove yourself.  Please give this level of volunteerism your consideration to join the management team for VAIN.  Board of Directors are required to attend monthly board meetings on the Third Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm until 8pm located in Corvallis.  Please send request for Board Application by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it thank you for giving this your consideration.

 

Planning Committee - World AIDS Day December 1st 2014
We are currently recruiting volunteers to join our Planning Committee/Team.  VAIN is planning it's annual World AIDS Day events for December 1st, 2014.  We are seeking individuals interested in the planning and implementation of VAIN's World AIDS Day festivities which is a community awareness and fundraising event.  Mandatory Attendance in a monthly meeting is required and is normally in the evening during the week for one to two hours.

HIV Positive Speakers are the core of our most important programs. Speakers go out into to our communities and educate others directly, presenting in schools from middle school up to college, at private functions, and to organizations both large and small. If you are HIV positive and have a story to tell, we want to talk to you!

Positive Allies Education Group is a group of committed allies addressing the issues of HIV/AIDS in Linn and Benton Counties.  This group receives extensive training on both the medical and social justice aspects of HIV/AIDS Activism and become community ambassadors participating in various speaking and presentation opportunities to community organizations and companies of all sizes.  HIV101, STI & Hepatitis-C Presentation skills training provided.

Information Tabling is where volunteers attend functions around Benton, Linn and Marion counties at various community events, schools and colleges to help with the presentation of information to event attendees, answer questions, and pass out brochures and informational pamphlets. Tabling shifts are variable, often four to six hours, and in return you gain extensive training and you get to attend the event for free!

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VAIN is a 100% all volunteer community based non-profit organization  so the pay is non-existent, but the rewards are superior.  Specialized HIV/AIDS, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) and Hepatitis-C training is included.  Even if you don't see the right opportunity for you listed here, we can probably use your help! Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call  541-752-6322 and please help us to help others!

 
HIV in the United States: At A Glance

HIV/AIDS Fast Facts

  • More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 6 (15.8%) are unaware of their infection.
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSMa), particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV.
  • By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV.

CDC estimates that 1,144,500 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 180,900 (15.8%) who are unaware of their infection1. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far too high a level— particularly among certain groups.

HIV Incidence (new infections): The estimated incidence of HIV has remained stable overall in recent years, at about 50,000 new HIV infections per year2. Within the overall estimates, however, some groups are affected more than others. MSM continue to bear the greatest burden of HIV infection, and among races/ethnicities, African Americans continue to be disproportionately affected.

HIV Diagnoses (new diagnoses, regardless of when infection occurred): In 2011, an estimated 49,273 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States. In that same year, an estimated 32,052 people were diagnosed with AIDS. Overall, an estimated 1,155,792 people in the United States have been diagnosed with AIDS3.

Deaths: An estimated 15,529 people with an AIDS diagnosis died in 2010, and approximately 636,000 people in the United States with an AIDS diagnosis have overall3. The deaths of persons with an AIDS diagnosis can be due to any cause—that is, the death may or may not be related to AIDS.

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Surviving or Thriving?

written by Bob Skinner, President/CEO of VAIN

As all of you well know, we have been dealing with one of the most challenging financial times this country has seen in decades. People have lost their jobs, their cars and even their homes, most importantly their health insurance. A large percentage of people are barely surviving and are not even getting the basic necessities it takes to live.

People living with HIV/AIDS are not immune to this crisis. There are currently over 6,000 HIV positive individuals in 10 states that have been placed on wait lists, they are unable to access their medications because of these lists. Many state managed ADAP’s (AIDS Drug Assistance Programs) have already run out of money. Oregon’s ADAP, is called Care Assist, which does not have a wait list. This is just the tip of the iceberg!

I personally have attended two ADAP crisis summits, the first held in Washington DC in July of 2010 and the most recent held in Fort Lauderdale Florida, my old home town.

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