OLYMPIA – Volunteers, who give time to Thurston County's Healthmobile and other HIV outreach programs will be honored in special ceremonies January 30th. About 30 people will be recognized for their participation in the needle exchange, HIV Consortia and Jail Testing Programs. All of the programs are designed to help protect at-risk individuals from the spread of AIDS and to give them support and counseling if requested.
Pawnee Brown of the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department oversees many of the volunteers. "We just would not have the manpower to provide the kinds of outreach programs we provide, if it weren't for all the time donated by volunteers. I would estimate that about 2,000 hours are donated for the Healthmobile outings alone. And it's important to remember that the Healthmobile has to go out in all kinds of weather in sometimes-stressful conditions, and these volunteers accept those conditions and continue to provide assistance to residents of the greater Thurston County community.
In addition to volunteer recognition, the ceremony will also feature comments from recovering addicts who have utilized the outreach program services and turned their lives around.
The HIV volunteer recognition program will run from 3 to 5 PM, Friday afternoon January 30th. The location is the Thurston County Health Department, 412 Lilly Road NE, Olympia, Washington.