Center for Civic Engagement

New York City - Gay Men’s Health Crisis

Social Issue/Focus Areas: LGBTQ+ gender equity, health

When: Sunday, March 8 – Saturday, March 14, 2020 (spring break)

Description: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York City is the world's first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy. Expect to serve meals, help prepare AIDS Walk New York, prepare safer sex kits, speak with clients about how HIV has affected their lives, and assist other departments with various projects.

Timing: spring break

About this Organization

Gay Men's Health Crisis fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of people affected. GMHC services include comprehensive and holistic intake, assessment, and case management services to HIV-positive and at-risk individuals including assistance with finding housing, medical care, health insurance, entitlements, food, substance use services, dental services, mental health providers, job training, support groups, and treatment education; prevention services for people at high risk for HIV infection – especially youth, women of color, and the LGBTQ community; public policy advocacy and legal services; nutrition counseling and education; an HIV and other sexually transmitted infections testing center; a wellness center; and a drop-in center for youth.

Your role

  • Help with a community meals program, which serves lunch Monday through Thursday and dinner on Fridays, providing clients with a friendly atmosphere for nutritious meals and social interaction.
  • Contribute to community outreach efforts by assembling safer sex kits, which are handed out at various events to promote safer sex as a method of preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections. You'll learn the necessity of each item in the kit and the importance of safer sex practices.
  • Special projects come up throughout the year, and may include painting, office or development projects, or special event preparation tasks.

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