Whitman-Walker Clinic Joins AIDS Action Council
February 11, 1997
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Whitman-Walker Clinic, the District of Columbia's largest AIDS service provider, has re-joined AIDS Action Council's family of over 1,400 community-based AIDS service organizations nationwide. AIDS Action Council's board of directors voted last week to re-admit Whitman-Walker Clinic after its yearlong absence due to budgetary constraints. Jim Graham, the Clinic's executive director, will serve on AIDS Action Council's board of directors.
Whitman-Walker Clinic provides a wide range of services, including primary medical care, that touch the lives of two out of every three people living with HIV/AIDS in the Washington, D.C.-area. The Clinic has been providing HIV-related services to anyone in need for nearly 15 years. The Clinic also sponsors an annual AIDS Walk, its largest fundraising effort, which raised more than $2.1 million last year. In 1995, the Clinic established an AIDS Walk Foundation which distributes a portion of the AIDS Walk's net proceeds to other AIDS service providers in the D.C.-area. Last year, more than 30 agencies received AIDS Walk funds.
"The year ahead holds numerous legislative and strategic challenges for the AIDS community. At this pivotal moment in the history of the epidemic, it is important that AIDS Action Council have a diversity of voices at the table," said Daniel Zingale, AIDS Action Council's executive director."With Whitman-Walker Clinic at the table, we will ensure that the voices and interests of District residents affected by HIV/AIDS are heard and acted upon by our elected officials in Washington."
"We think AIDS Action Council is an important organization," Graham said. "And our successful AIDS Walk and AIDS Ride enables us to once again be active members."
Founded in 1984 by Whitman-Walker Clinic and five other pioneer AIDS service organizations, AIDS Action Council today represents all Americans affected by HIV/AIDS and over 1,400 community-based organizations that serve them. AIDS Action Council is dedicated solely to defeating AIDS and improving the quality of life for HIV-infected Americans.
This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.