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WNCAP Releases First-Ever Annual Report
 
Since WNCAP opened its doors in 1986, this agency has been dedicated to HIV prevention and care in Western North Carolina. As the need for services has grown, so has the scope and impact of WNCAP's activities. 
 
The goal of the Annual Report is to show, at a glance, the impact that WNCAP has made on our community over the past year. The Annual Report uses statistics, images, and narrative to tell the story of what WNCAP has accomplished - and the ongoing need for our services.
 
You can view the Annual Report online and download it here.
 
This is WNCAP's first ever Annual Report, and we want to extend a HUGE thank you to David Guinn, a longtime WNCAP volunteer and current board member who volunteered his graphic design services to create the Annual Report.
 
In the past year, WNCAP has:
  • Driven 147,996 miles so that our clients could access life-saving medical care
  • Provided $69,352 in emergency rental and utility assistance for our clients
  • Provided $115,259 in financial assistance to cover medication expenses
  • Delivered 34 tons of nutritious food to home-bound individuals
  • Administered 2,017 tests for HIV, hepatitis C, and other STIs
  • Disposed of 119,510 un-sterile syringes that may otherwise have ended up in our public spaces
  • Distributed 164,334 free condoms at dozens of community sites
  • Conducted 231 education sessions in schools, jails, and faith-based organizations
There are many challenges to ending the HIV epidemic in the South, including stigma, lack of transportation, and inadequate access to healthcare. As you will see in this Annual Report, WNCAP helps fill in the gaps for the most vulnerable people in our community.
 
WNCAP has always relied on the generosity of donors, volunteers, and sponsors to continue this lifesaving work. We are amazed at the outpouring of support for HIV prevention and care in our community.
 
If you are moved to support WNCAP, you can donate online here.
 
Your contribution, at any level, will have an impact. Thank you for your ongoing support!
 
Season of Giving
Join The Merry & Bright Holiday Gift Drive
 
Now is the season of giving, and WNCAP believes that ALL children deserve a happy holiday, especially those most in need.
 
That's why we are launching our annual Merry & Bright Holiday Gift Drive so that our clients' children and grandchildren can have a happy holiday.
 
Your donation will help us reach our goal of providing every item on every child's wish list. After all, who doesn't want to feel like Santa Claus?
 
To give to Merry & Bright, click here or on any of the links above. For more information, please contact Chris at wncapvolunteer@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489 ext. 315.
 
Thank you for your generosity!
 
Community Celebration
World AIDS Day Was A HUGE Success!
 
December 1st, 2019 was the thirty-first annual World AIDS Day. WNCAP celebrated by holding a free community luncheon. Co-presented with Tranzmission, the theme of this year's event was "HIV & The Trans Experience". Our featured speaker was author and activist Tori Cooper.
 
The event, which was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Biltmore Village, was the most well attended World AIDS Day event WNCAP has ever presented. Nearly 200 people came to mingle with other professionals in the public health and LGBTQ advocacy fields along with WNCAP staff, volunteers, and Board members.
 
 
After enjoying a delicious complimentary lunch, attendees listened to a variety of speakers with an array of perspectives on HIV and the transgender experience. 
 
 
Rev. Sarah Wilcox of Land of the Sky Church delivered a stirring call for inclusivity from a spiritual perspective.
 
Zeke Christopoulos, Executive Director of Tranzmission, spoke in deeply personal terms about what World AIDS Day meant to him as well as the work Tranzmission does every day to provide education, advocacy, and support for the trans and non-binary community in Asheville.
 
 
Kim Wagenaar, the CEO of WNC Community Health Services (WNCCHS) introduced Dr. Jennifer Abbott, a physician at WNCCHS who plays an important role in administering their Transgender Health Clinic.
 
She also played a video that interviewed several trans patients from WNC who spoke about the difficulty in finding adequate, nonjudgemental medical providers.
 
 
WNCAP Community Resources Coordinator Christopher Winebrenner delivered the Mark Doucet Volunteer of the Year Award to David Guinn, a longtime WNCAP volunteer and current board member who recently designed the first-ever WNCAP Annual Report.
 
WNCAP Executive Director Antonio Del Toro explained key statistics included in the Annual Report and introduced the featured speaker, Tori Cooper.
 
 
Ms. Cooper spoke with great passion and humor about a wide ranging array of topics pertinent to the occasion, including an elucidation of gender terms and pronouns; an explanation of the disparities facing trans people in the areas of health, wealth, and violence; and a call for a more inclusive public health sector that recognizes the needs of transgender people, especially with respect to HIV.
 
 
Transgender individuals are at much higher risk of contracting HIV than the general population. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), around 14 percent of trans women are living with HIV, and about half of those women are African American. Around half of transgender people living with HIV live in the South.
 
 
 
Many thanks to all who attended our World AIDS Day community luncheon, as well as our sponsors who supported the event. WNCAP's goal is to keep World AIDS Day a free event open to any who RSVP, but this is only possible because of the generous support of our sponsors.
 
Home For The Holidays
WNCAP Offices Will Be Closed For Christmas and New Years
 
WNCAP offices will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1 for the Christmas and New Years holidays. We will be open during the week leading up to Christmas Eve and on the days between Christmas and New Years.
 
However, many staff are taking personal days during this period, so if you have business with a particular staff member, please send them an email or call the main office at (828) 252-7489 to ensure that your needs can be met.
 
Happy Holidays to all! 
 
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