Western North Carolina AIDS Project
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 A Year of Masks, Zoom... and Giving!
Earlier this month, on World AIDS Day, WNCAP Executive Director Antonio Del Toro wrote in an op-ed for the Asheville Citizen-Times:
"There has been no time since the peak of the AIDS epidemic when our work has been so critical."
Why? Because the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated people living with HIV/AIDS and substance use disorder in our local community.
And this week, the Raleigh News & Observer reported how NC nonprofits are under enormous strain. In all areas where government assistance fell flat - healthcare, housing, food assistance - organizations like WNCAP have stepped up to help fill in the gaps.
Amazing members of the community Dined IN For Life last April. The abbreviated event far surpassed our expectations - but it still only raised about 20% of a normal Dining Out For Life event.
But even as demand skyrocketed, COVID forced in-person fundraising events to cancel. Since we couldn't hold our annual Dining Out For Life event, WNCAP donations this year fell 80% between 2019-2020.
In 2020, everyone is struggling. But that goes double or triple for people living with HIV/AIDS and substance use disorder. We've always relied on community support - but now, your contribution is more valuable than ever.
  • $25 is enough for a single, lifesaving overdose-reversal kit 💗
  • $50 purchases 100 condoms to distribute for free throughout our community 💋
  • $100 covers transportation costs to connect someone with critical medical care 🚗
  • $250 helps five people living with HIV/AIDS pay their heating bill this month 🥶
  • $500 provides a week of emergency shelter for folks with nowhere else to go in the middle of a pandemic 🏠
We are endlessly humbled by this amazing WNC community we call home. Something about these mountains fosters a kind and generous community that never hesitates to reach a helping hand out to those less fortunate. Thank you for your compassion, especially during these challenging times.
For more information about how to contribute to WNCAP, including recurring donations, in-kind giving, or supporting specific programs, please contact Michael at mpoandl@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489.
Happy New Year!
WNCAP Offices Will Be Closed on New Years Day
WNCAP offices will be closed in observance of New Years Day this Friday, January 1. We will be open on Thursday, December 31.
We strongly encourage clients and community members who need services to contact us as soon as possible this week. Y'all are welcome to stop by the Asheville or Franklin offices, email info@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489.  
Finally, we want to wish our staff, Board, and volunteers; our clients and participants; our donors, restaurants, and sponsors; and everyone in our WNC community a safe and Happy New Year! 2020 wasn't easy, and 2021 may not be either, at least not at first...
But we will make it through next year just like we did this one: through the solidarity of community and the abundance of compassion that defines our small mountain home. We are humbled and grateful by the many kindnesses, large and small, that we have witnessed this year. Thank you for your resilience during this unprecedented time.
See you next year!
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Western North Carolina AIDS Project  |  554 Fairview Rd.  |  Asheville, NC 28803
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