The Boulder County AIDS Project is the local nonprofit agency for our plate collection during August. All cash and checks that are not marked for another purpose (e.g., your pledge) will be donated to the Boulder County AIDS Project–half going to the Unmet Needs Fund and half to the general budget.
In 2013, BCAP has served 189 clients: 33 women and 156 men. BCAP provides counseling and referrals to other social service agencies for people who are living with HIV/AIDS in Boulder and Broomfield Counties and in mountain communities not served by other agencies assisting people living with HIV/AIDS. Ten new clients have come to BCAP since January. Six of them were homeless. Most of BCAP’s clients are low income.
BCAP has a food and supplies pantry, where low-income clients may receive items at no cost. UUCB held a drive for that pantry in July. A counselor determines the amount of items a client may receive on a bi-weekly basis by the size of the client’s family and income. BCAP also provides HIV testing, educational outreach programs to students, to the Spanish-speaking community, and to various community organizations. BCAP also maintains a group home for a number of low-income clients.
BCAP’s Unmet Needs Fund was begun by the Interfaith AIDS Coalition (IAC) to provide for client needs that cannot be met from general funds. IAC is a group founded to support BCAP; UUCB is a member congregation. As a recipient of grants, much of BCAP’s budget is restricted to providing specific services or operating funds. Examples of recent client grants from this special fund are
1. A woman who lives outside of Boulder, but gets her HIV care at the Beacon Clinic (AIDS clinic in Boulder) and primary care in Boulder, needed an alignment for her car so the Unmet Needs Fund paid for that.
2. A man who is trying to re-enter the work force was given checks to purchase a suit and pair of shoes appropriate for interviewing
3. A man who is moving out of his apartment was given a check to purchase some cleaning supplies so he can get his deposit back when he moves.
Other unexpected needs have come up recently. Your donations can help with these needs too. BCAP had to buy a new freezer for the pantry. Every month, BCAP spends over $650 to provide meat and soy protein to its clients. Having a high-protein diet is essential to keeping a strong immune system for people living with HIV. Without a freezer, it would be extremely difficult to provide this protein to clients. Unfortunately, the new freezer cost BCAP $539.10. In addition, Big Red, BCAP’s truck, needs two tie rods. Repairs needed add up to $944.21.The truck is used by volunteers to take food deliveries to BCAP’s clients, who are unable to come to the pantry in person.
There are many opportunities to volunteer, such as shopping at Community FoodShare for the BCAP pantry, helping with fund-raising events, participating in the IAC, staffing the reception desk, bagging groceries in the pantry, providing rides for clients to appointments, and helping in many other large or small ways. Volunteers who work directly with clients are required to take a training class.
Big Red Needs Repairs