St. Louis Effort for AIDS is partnering with us for the first time for our 2nd annual Abstrakt Gives Back Day! St. Louis Effort for AIDS has a mission to provide education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease. This organization is doing some amazing things for the wellbeing of our St. Louis community and we are so happy to contribute to its cause!
Founded as a nonprofit in December 1985, EFA is the region’s oldest AIDS Service Organization. Its goal, as an advocate for clients and a comprehensive service provider, is to support and enhance the health of people living in our communities.
One way EFA has been able to achieve this goal is by providing free testing/screenings for HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections through its Prevention Department since 1997. In 2002, with funding from the Office of Minority Affairs, EFA used the region’s first Mobile Testing Unit to conduct testing, prevention education, and community outreach. In 2016, EFA was able to provide direct services to 11,538 individuals and indirect services to 17,133 individuals in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Each month, EFA provides comprehensive support services to more than 1,316 clients and reaches approximately 1,360 people for testing and prevention education. That’s a lot of growth!
EFA’s vision is for individuals and communities to be educated about HIV/AIDS and fully empowered to address this preventable disease without stigma, fear or hate. The organization’s core values include:
- Leading through collaboration
- Respecting the dignity of all
- Serving with compassion and integrity
- Empowering our clients
- Embracing a diverse community
- Shaping services to meet changing needs
- Sharing information and expertise
EFA is doing so many wonderful things for our community and we can’t wait to work with these members and grow our community alongside them. If you feel strongly about the work EFA is doing, there are many opportunities for you to get involved! They accept and appreciate donations, and they accept more than just monetary donations. There are also many ways you can volunteer your time and services within the organization. Check out the website and get involved with this amazing organization!