Posts Tagged ‘Firstgiving’

Barbara's on the Run for ARCS: Raising Funds in the Steamtown Marathon

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Barbara Bennet, a long-time friend of ARCS and the current Coordinator of the Hudson Valley HIV CARE Network, is running in Scranton, PA’s Steamtown Marathon and has turned it into a fundraising opportunity for ARCS. Here’s the story, in her own words:


I’m running in the Steamtown Marathon, Scranton , PA to raise money for AIDS-Related Community Services (ARCS) – please make a donation by visiting our FirstGiving page:

As many of you may know, I work for ARCS, which is a non-profit HIV/AIDS services organization that has offices in seven counties in the Hudson Valley.  Since the budget crisis began in 2008, ARCS has lost several education and prevention programs and  $1.1 million of money due to recession-based cutbacks.

Every nonprofit is hurting, yes its true.  However, HIV infection is 100% preventable, but growing among our neighbors.

One of largest growing populations of new HIV infections in our region (yes, HUDSON VALLEY) is among women of child bearing age.  This means that women are being infected with HIV because they do not know enough to protect themselves or they don’t have the means to do so.

Cost-analysis studies show, that the cost to prevent an HIV infection is about $50.00 and the cost of treating an infection is about $600,000 over a lifetime.
Providing education and prevention alternatives to our neighbors is of the utmost importance during this time of economic hardship when many women are not able to support themselves.

This year, I am asking that you consider donating to ARCS to help prevent the spread of HIV among our neighbors.

You can donate online with a credit card. All donations are secure and sent directly to AIDS-Related Community Services (ARCS) by FirstGiving, who will email you a printable record of your donation.

Please forward this email to anyone who shares your passion and commitment to helping our community.

With love always,


Hudson Valley AIDS Walk Resources

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Hudson Valley AIDS Walk

Check out a variety of printable resources, including posters, donation forms, instructions and handy tips on forming your own Walk Team! Visit our AIDS Walk Resources page and start reaching your goals today!

Need help forming a team? Looking for suggestions on how to raise funds? Or, do you want someone from ARCS to visit your school, job or organization? Give us a call and we can answer all your questions! Dial (914) 785-8283 and we can help!

Hudson Valley AIDS Walk

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009
9 am to 1 pm
Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie, NY

A two-mile fundraising and awareness walk through the streets of downtown Poughkeepsie to benefit the programs and services of AIDS-Related Community Services.

To register for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk, call us at (914) 785-8283 or visit our online fundraising site at

Create your own page at FirstGiving to tell folks why you’re walking to fight HIV/AIDS in the Hudson Valley. FirstGiving gives you all the tools to easily send e-mails to ask your friends to sponsor you or to build a Walk Team. We’ve also created detailed instructions for signing up. It’s simple, it saves time, and it’s personal, so sign up today! For detailed instructions, download our handy Firstgiving Instructions packet.

You can also get on our Walk mailing list by contacting us or calling (914) 785-8283.

For a complete list of Hudson Valley AIDS Walk resources, including printable donation forms and posters, visit our Resources page.

Family Entertainment by BeeBee the Clown
DJ Dance Music provided by JTD Productions

Join us for the AIDS Walk After-Party at Mahoney’s from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm! Free bar food, discounted beer and wine if you’re wearing your AIDS Walk t-shirt! 35 Main Street at Dooley Square, next to the Poughkeepsie train station and mere steps from Waryas Park!

JUST ADDED: Come out later on in your spookiest Halloween costume for our Official Hudson Valley AIDS Walk Halloween Party at Truman’s in New Paltz! 7:00 pm until the witching hour (whenever that is) at 2 Terwilliger Lane, New Paltz.

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Event Sponsors

Encourage your company to support the largest HIV/AIDS event in our region. Download a Sponsor Packet here or call (914) 785-8326 for more information.