The Women's Collective
WISH LIST: $100: food baskets for needy families; $500: emergency funding for rental assistance and other bills; $1000: 12 peer-based support groups and skills builiding activities for women living with HIV/AIDS
Founded by a woman who had lost both her husband and youngest child to AIDS, The Women's Collective is a peer-led, grassroots organization for women and their families who live with or are at risk for HIV/AIDS. Faced with poverty, homelessness, violence, and drug abuse, many of these women donít even consider HIV the most pressing problem that they face. And with limited incomes (often less than $10,000 a year) most lack access to quality healthcare. TWC dismantles the barriers, providing HIV counseling and testing, peer-support, emergency assistance, and a host of other programs tailored to client needs. In four years, TWC tested over 3,600 individuals for HIV (3% of whom tested positive) and currently manages the cases of 167 women, as well as providing education and testing information to thousands more. Recent prevention efforts target at-risk youth through behavioral interventions, service learning, and a new DC youth coalition; and Positive Leaders Uplifting Sisters (PLUS) empowers women around the nation to speak up for their sisters and themselves. No wonder the Ms. Foundation chose TWC for its 2005 Gloria Award. Catalogue donors: dig deep to support this extraordinary organization.
1331 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20018