Postponement of AIDS Walk Puts Local Nonprofits in Tough Spot

Poverello, a food bank in Wilton Manors, continues distributing food during the coronavirus crisis. Via SFGN's Carina Mask

Local nonprofits are starting to feel the impacts of the coronavirus and are asking for financial support from the community. 

One of the largest fundraisers for local nonprofits, The Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival, has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, and it has organizations worried how it will affect their fundraising efforts. 

Photo Via AHF

“We’re certainly busier than ever, and in need of financial donations,” said Tom Pietrogallo, CEO of Poverello. “We have never made enough through grant programming to fully fund all the food we give away, we’ve always depended upon donations to the thrift store, financial donations and thrift store sales to make our system work.”

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Pietrogallo encourages people to donate to Poverello’s Florida’s AIDS Walk page here

“So anything anyone can do right now in the way of financial donations would be greatly appreciated,” Pietrogallo pleaded. 

Even though the event on March 21 has been cancelled AIDS Healthcare Foundation hopes to reschedule it and will continue to match donations through April 30. 

“Our commitment is to definitely ensure that having to make the decision to postpone doesn’t have a devastating impact on the benefiting organizations that are really in the trenches keeping the community healthy and safe,” said Imara Canady National Director of Communications for AHF.

The World AIDS Museum also anticipates an upcoming cash crunch and is worried about its long term survival.  

“The COVID-19 crisis is touching everyone’s lives, and presents significant financial challenges,” reads a statement to supporters. “If we can raise the remaining $53,000 of our goal, the World AIDS Museum will be able to survive this crisis. If we don’t meet our goal, the future of the Museum will have some serious challenges.” 

According to WAM the Florida AIDS Walk is an essential fundraising tool for the organization. “[This crisis] interrupts our most important fundraising season—The Florida AIDS Walk,” the statement reads. 

Their goal is $90,000. 

The AIDS Walk was originally scheduled to take place on Fort Lauderdale beach March 21. No new dates have been announced yet. But regardless, the fundraising is still in full swing. 

“If you’re already registered as a walker—we need you to start asking your friends to support the Museum through your walk page,” the WAM statement continued. 

Visit WAM’s fundraising page here

Other beneficiaries include AHF, Aqua Foundation for Women, Equality Florida Institute, Latinos Salud, The Pride Center at Equality Park, SAVE Foundation, SunServe, and Urban League. 

AAAADDDCorooaHomepageAD“We know our staff and volunteers are looking forward to participating in the AIDS Walk when it is rescheduled, but remain grateful for the opportunity for supporters of Equality Florida to have their donations matched by AIDS Healthcare Foundation,” said Brandon Wolf, media relations manager for Equality Florida. “Our community is resilient and we thank AHF for helping us ensure the fight for full equality goes on."

So far they have raised 51 percent of their goal. Visit their page here

Latinos Salud has raised 88 percent of its goal. 

“Like so many events, our largest fundraiser of the year, the Florida AIDS Walk has been postponed,” said Executive Director Stephen Fallon. “However, in terms of fundraising, the Florida AIDS Walk is still on! It’s just that this year, you can sleep in, and still do a good deed donating to our virtual walk.’”

Visit their page here.

Visit Florida AIDS Walk for more information on how you can donate. 

 

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Florida AIDS Walk Cancelled Amid Coronavirus Panic 


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