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MINORITY AIDS INITIATIVE GRANT
The MAI grant helps Caring Choices provide culturally appropriate HIV testing to Asian and Hmong communities in Butte County. Statistics show 66.5% of Asian Americans and 43.1% of Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders have never been tested for HIV. This project aims to increase general knowledge about HIV/AIDS and increase HIV testing by offering free testing in non-clinical settings. The largest ethnic group of Asian Americans in Butte County is Hmong. We work closely with the Hmong Cultural Center to provide culturally appropriate educational presentations and HIV testing at the center. Services are offered in both Hmong and English.
GRUB Produce Closet
Between late spring and early winter Caring Choices receives donations of seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farms. These donations help us offer healthy food alternatives to our clients and those in need. With the help of staff and volunteers, we are able to sort, bag, and delivery these delicious fruits and veggies.
Nutrition Café is a program that incorporates the use of charitable donations and affordably allocated resources to help educate and train HIV positive clients and their caretakers in basic health concepts. The goal is not only to increase the awareness of the importance diet plays in health but also to increase socialization among clients, caregivers and community members, in efforts to help nurture strong and supportive relationships. By establishing peer-led classes we hope to facilitate access to information and create a comfortable environment to practice and implement newly acquired skills.
NorCal AIDS Cycle
Every May, Cyclist and crew members come together for this amazing fundraising event. Traveling 300 miles over a variety of courses NorCal AIDS cycle is a great way to get involved with your community. The rides emphasis is on fun and awareness for HIV/AIDS service providers in the Sacramento Valley and beyond! Whether you donate to a registered Cyclist or Crew Member or register to come along on the adventure, your contribution will go a long way.