Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities at our Hawthorne Office

October 23rd, 2014

HVCS’ Education Department is looking for someone to help out with cleaning out our famous “Condom Room” in our Hawthorne office. We’re looking for someone who is OK with lifting heavy boxes, breaking down cardboard, and has a great sense of organization. This should only take a few hours of volunteer time.

Our Client Services department is on the hunt for a helper to assist with cleaning out our File Room. This involves pulling old files from filing cabinets and shredding papers. This project will take several days of work, and can be done a few hours at a time. There’s no deadline or huge rush, however. The volunteer needs to be a self-starter and OK with spending many hours alone in the file room – slipping on some headphones and working along to your own music is highly encouraged!

Both opportunities are available Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.

If interested, please contact J. Dewey by email or by phone at (914) 785-8326. Thank you for your interest in HVCS!

Webinars on HIV & Medicaid, Viral Suppression & PrEP Now Available Any Time

October 22nd, 2014

Exciting news for service providers or anyone interested in learning more about complex HIV-related issues! Our Regional Training Center now has archived webinar trainings available online, so you can catch up on the latest protocols at your convenience. All archived trainings are available for the public free of charge at any time. Check out our brand-new page of archived webinars and learn something new! If you need any additional information, please call (914) 785-8278.

All trainings are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Food Drives

October 16th, 2014
Ardsley High School's Silver Lining Club collected food donations for us at DeCicco's Market on Sunday, Nov. 10th.

Ardsley High School’s Silver Lining Club will collect food donations for us at DeCicco’s Market on Sunday, October 26th.

Now that we’re in the second half of October (where does it go?), it’s time to start thinking about the holidays…and for many of you, that means thinking about making food donations to our food pantries. Check out these upcoming opportunities to drop off non-perishable foods, or organize your own food drive like the kind people at the Woodlands Community Temple!

Sunday, October 26Ardsley HS Silver Lining Club’s food drive at DeCicco’s Market in Ardsley

The week of  November 24 – River Station Restaurant in Poughkeepsie (part of Prephab and the Hudson Valley Bears’ Thanksgiving Eve food drive)

Friday, December 12 – “Fill Chill” Holiday Food & Gift Drive and Donate-a-thon at Chill Wine Bar in Beacon


Wondering what we need? Download our Holiday Food Drive Wish List 2014 (MS Word format)

Yom Kippur Food Drive Nets 150+ Boxes of Food

October 14th, 2014

The Woodlands Community Temple filled our Hawthorne food pantry with the results of the food drive they held on Saturday, October 4th at their Yom Kippur services. The congregation’s response was so overwhelming that they had to rent a truck to transport all the non-perishable foods to us. Volunteers unloaded 151 boxes of food last week. This much-needed food will go towards our emergency food closet for our clients’ families and those who need emergency service. Thank you to to the Woodlands Community Temple, and organizer Sandi Leib-Geiger!

HVCS’ Cheese & Wine Tasting Party Nearly Sold Out

October 14th, 2014

Cheese & Wine Tasting PartyThere are only a few spots left at our Cheese and Wine Tasting Party on November 5th at the Beacon Pantry in (where else?) Beacon! If sampling delicious gourmet cheese, charcuterie and fine wines is your thing, then this is an event you don’t want to miss. We’ve got a total of only 10 spots, and they’re going fast! Reserve your seat in advance by getting your ticket today using this link:

You can purchase your tickets on that page via PayPal, or call us at (914) 785-8277.

List of Qualified Medical Conditions for Health Home Eligibility Expands

October 3rd, 2014

It can be tough for Medicaid clients with serious, ongoing medical issues to navigate between medical providers, government benefits, and social support services. That’s where the Health Home program comes in. An HVCS  care manager coordinates all available services as part of an overall care plan with the goal of better health and quality of life, and fewer unnecessary trips to the emergency room or hospitalizations each year.

We’ve already expanded our care managers’ services beyond HIV/AIDS, and as of this month we’re able to help even more clients: we just received word that New York State has expanded the list of qualified medical conditions. The list of qualified diseases now includes chronic pain, cancers and liver issues, plus a lot more.

HVCS has been expanding its staff to serve more clients, and we’re taking the initiative to make more medical providers aware of our services. We’re continuing to build collaborative relationships with a wide network of providers to ensure all our clients get the care and services they need. Autumn truly is a season of change here at HVCS!

Thanks to HPNAP, Food Distribution Continues at Mosaic Center

October 2nd, 2014

HVCS just received word that we will receive a $2,500 grant from HPNAP (Hunger Prevention & Nutrition Assistance Program) to support our emergency food closet and Green Thumb food distribution program at the Mosaic Center in Mt. Vernon. This grant will allow us to continue to give stipends to peer outreach workers to assist us on Green Thumb food distribution days, which are typically the busiest of the month. Special thanks to our peers, Mosaic staff, and THRIVES nutritional program workers who do an amazing job getting fresh produce to hungry families so quickly!

RN Joins Project Reach Out for Low Threshold Medical Care

September 12th, 2014

We’re pleased to announce that our Project Reach Out van, which provides syringe exchange services, HIV/hepatitis C screenings and referrals to drug treatment, now offers low threshold medical care for clients. A part-time registered nurse joined our PRO staff in July, offering basic wound care, general health information and referrals to medical treatment. Barbara Bennet, HVCS’ Education Director, said: “Having a nurse on board the mobile unit builds trust within the community. We can also help those who traditionally avoid medical care to identify infections and early warning signs of much more complex issues.” Clients can access this low threshold medical care at PRO’s Poughkeepsie site on Mondays and Thursdays. For more information, visit the PRO page on our website.

Emergency Funds for Health Homes Clients Now Available

September 10th, 2014

Since the majority of our clients live at or below the poverty level, our care managers frequently come across clients who are homeless, in temporary housing, or in danger of being evicted. They also struggle to afford basic utilities and services. It’s hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you’re worried about keeping a roof over your head or keeping the electricity flowing–and things get even tougher without housing.

Thankfully, HVCS’ three-year-old Housing program provides emergency and short-term rent and utility assistance for eligible HIV-positive clients. However, because of funding restrictions, this program wasn’t available for our non-HIV clients–until now. HVCS has allocated funds towards housing and utility emergencies for our Health Home clients living with chronic diseases other than HIV–so now all our clients in need can access emergency housing assistance to keep them safe, warm, and as healthy as possible.

Urgent Call for Donations: Family in Need

September 9th, 2014

Call for DonationsA Family in Need

“I’ve never seen a family survive with so little,” said one of our Health Home care managers this week. She let us know that a new client and her large family are in dire need of basic essentials, from children’s clothing to furniture to cleaning supplies. “They have almost nothing…no living room furniture, mattresses on the floor. Other school kids tease her girls for wearing the same clothes every day.” To help, we’re accepting donations for this local family:

  • Gift cards to popular stores like Wal-Mart and Target (for clothes and household items) or Staples (for school supplies): drop off at any office* or mail to: HVCS, 40 Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne NY 10532
  • New or very gently used girls’ clothing for ages 3 to 12 – drop off at our Monticello or Newburgh offices
  • Basic school supplies: drop off at our Monticello or Newburgh offices
  • New or gently used household and furniture items: call the Monticello office at (845) 791-8871 x11.

Your contributions will be truly appreciated and will help this family live healthier and with dignity!

*Please call in advance to make sure one of our staff can greet you and accept your donation.