Every year the Hill Country Ride for AIDS provides much needed funds to 9 local nonprofits focused directly on HIV/AIDS services. Every aspect of care is covered with these agencies: prevention, testing, medication, housing, counseling, social services, and hospice care.
The HCRA is the largest fundraiser for these agencies, and your dollars make an immediate, critical impact on their ability to fulfill their mission. Fundraising continues through May of 2020, and checks are delivered to the agencies in person in July. It’s an amazing day to see their gratitude at all levels for the hard work and generosity of so many.
Click here to meet some of the people who receive direct care from these 9 great beneficiaries!
allgo is a statewide queer people of color organization. allgo envisions a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant people of color queer culture. allgo works towards its vision through cultural arts, health, and advocacy programming by supporting artists and artistic expression within our diverse communities, promoting health within a wellness model, and mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, and sexual orientation/sexual identity to enact change. allgo also works to create and sustain a statewide network of queer people of color activists, groups, organizations, and allies, which through nourishment of relationships, grassroots organizing, and artistic expression can radically transform systems and policies toward a collective liberation. Funding allgo receives from the Hill Country Ride for AIDS is used to support HIV/AIDs outreach and education and purchase and distribute safer sex supplies at community events, our office site, and at allgo events.
Founded in 1988, Ash+Well improves the lives of Central Texans living with, at risk for, and affected by HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis C through outreach, education, health and holistic services, and care coordination. Services include: HIV testing and linkage to care, HIV support group, housing case management, HIV medical and non-medical case management, and complementary health therapies (acupuncture, massage therapy) for persons living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C.
The Community AIDS Resources and Education (CARE) program, of the Austin-Travis County MHMR Substance Abuse and Special Services division, provides HIV testing and prevention counseling and education, street outreach for needle cleaning/exchange, case management for drug and mental health treatment, support groups, and housing assistance.
Community Action, Inc.
Community Action, Inc. Rural AIDS Services Program (RASP) creates a positive social impact through case management services by developing a partnership between the client and case manager to maintain client independence and increase access to HIV medical care. Services include case management, transportation services to and from medical and dental appointments, and financial assistance for food, rent, utilities, and prescriptions in Hays, Caldwell, Blanco, Bastrop, Burnet, Fayette, Lee, Llano, and Williamson counties.
Friends of David Powell Health Center
Through the Friends of David Powell Health Center, money raised helps support the only public clinic specializing in medical care for persons with HIV and AIDS. The Clinic provides primary care, medical case management, immunizations, nutritional counseling, and health education services. All services are available to uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive patients in all stages of HIV infection.
Out Youth Austin
Out Youth’s mission is to promote the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well being of sexual minority youth so they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities. Out Youth’s vision is for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in central Texas to receive the support and services needed to develop positive self-images and lead healthy, productive, and self-sufficient lives.
Project Transitions is dedicated to providing hospice, housing, and support to people with HIV/AIDS in a compassionate and caring environment.
Vivent Health provides quality direct-care services to persons with HIV and AIDS. Services include case management, a food pantry, community education and outreach, direct service volunteers, and nutritional consultation. Vivent Health also provides primary dental and oral medical care through the Jack Sansing Dental Clinic, as well as free legal assistance through the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project.
Waterloo Counseling Center
Waterloo Counseling Center (WCC) is a leading provider of mental health counseling services for Austin and the surrounding communities. Our mission is to provide affordable mental health counseling and training with an expertise in gender and sexual diversity. WCC’s vision is for Austin to be an all-inclusive community. WCC provides a safe, accepting, supportive environment in order for those at the margins to regain their voice; empowers clients to change relationships that inflict silence, shame, and isolation; and advocates for a community that has no margins. WCC provides affordable mental health counseling services utilizing a sliding scale fee, advocates specifically for the GLBT community and those affected by HIV/AIDS, and provides diversity training with expertise in gender and sexual identity. WCC is supported by federal and private foundation grants, client fees, and donations.
How to Support Our Amazing Beneficiaries
All of the Ride’s beneficiaries are facing additional challenges to service delivery and people living with HIV are now juggling additional barriers to accessing life-saving care in the wake of COVID-19. The single best thing you can do now is helping us fundraise through the Virtual Ride campaign.