Austin HIV Planning Council Looking for Volunteers

Dec 10, 2012

The Austin Area Comprehensive HIV Planning Council is looking for volunteers.

Federal legislation for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program requires “that we have a board with committee members that reflect the make up of the community,” says the council’s John Waller. Recruiting new members is a normal part of the council’s charge, but Waller says with a new chair and other members recently having completed their terms, the council is looking for new members.

The council needs different types of volunteers: HIV positive Austin residents that use programs funded by Ryan White grants; local social and medical service providers; and community leaders.

Five newly confirmed cases of HIV among teens came to light this summer. “The number of youth that are becoming newly infected is a statistical indicator,” Waller says. “We’re certainly focused on that.”

The recruitment fair is tonight at City Hall, from 6 to 8 p.m.