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On Saturday, August 3, Philadelphians will have a chance to get to know two of the city’s unsung team of do-gooders, Bebashi: Transition to Hope and Urban Angel Foundation. Separately, each of ...

On Saturday, August 3, Philadelphians will have a chance to get to know two of the city’s unsung team of do-gooders, Bebashi: Transition to Hope and Urban Angel Foundation. Separately, each of these nonprofit organizations addresses health and wellness concerns, hunger, volunteerism and other issues facing disadvantaged communities. Read this Q+A to learn more about the organizations, then visit HalosforHope.org for information on what just might be one of the most fun—and beneficial—nights of the summer.

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    •   On  Saturday,  August  3,  Philadelphians  will  have  a  chance  to  get  to  know   two  of  the  city’s  unsung  team  of  do-­‐gooders,  Bebashi:  Transition  to  Hope   and  Urban  Angel  Foundation.  Separately,  each  of  these  nonprofit   organizations  addresses  health  and  wellness  concerns,  hunger,   volunteerism  and  other  issues  facing  disadvantaged  communities.  Though   they  maintain  a  low  profile  among  donors  and  the  media,  their  visibility  is   high  among  the  individuals  they  serve.  And  despite  their  under-­‐the-­‐radar   personas,  their  impact  is  felt  among  a  population  that  struggles  to  stay   healthy,  educated  and  fed—essential  keys  to  success  and  wellbeing.  How   can  you  help?  Simple:  read  this  Q+A  to  learn  more  about  the  organizations,   then  visit  HalosforHope.org   for  information  on  what  just   might  be  one  of  the  most   fun—and  beneficial—nights   of  the  summer.       (Please  note  reply  source,  listed  as  BTTH  or  UAF)     What  are  your  mission  sound  bites?   BTTH:  Sexual  Health,  Breast  Health,  Hunger  Relief,  Education,   Empowerment  and  Advocacy   What services do you offer? BTTH: We do so many things here, it’s overwhelming at times to try and meet all the needs that exist in our community. The short- list includes prevention  education  workshops,   counseling  and  testing  for  HIV  sexually  transmitted  infections  and   pregnancy,  early  intervention  services,  psychosocial  support  groups  for   HIV+  individuals,  breast  health  education,  outreach,  and  referral  services,   and  an  emergency  food  cupboard. Of all the demographics that you serve, who has the greatest need? BTTH: Generally speaking, it’s underinsured  and  uninsured  minorities,   particularly  African  Americans.    
    • What is the incidence of AIDS in Philadelphia? BTTH:  The  rate  of  individuals  receiving  concurrent  HIV  and  AIDS  diagnoses   has  declined  in  recent  years,  a  result  of  more  individuals  undergoing  HIV   testing  earlier  during  the  course  of  their  infection.  But,  African  Americans   are  disproportionately  affected  and  infected  with  HIV  in  Philadelphia  and   nationwide.  Racial  disparities  in  HIV  infection  locally  are  particularly   marked;  African  Americans  represent  45%  of  the  Philadelphia  population   but  66%  of  new  HIV  infections.     What impact are your programs having on the teens that you serve? BTTH:  We  offer  them  the  opportunity  to  receive  free,  walk-­‐in  testing,   counseling  and  referral  services  for  HIV,  Syphilis,  Chlamydia,  and   Gonorrhea  for  individuals  as  young  as  12—without  parental  consent—and   we  provide  them  with  free  contraception  and  strategies  for  risk  reduction,   along  with  a  judgment-­‐free  space  to  talk  about  their  sexual  habits  and   social  pressures.     What  are  the  most  important  messages  that  you  want  Philadelphians,   and  perhaps  local  politicians,  to  hear?     BTTH:  1:  We  need  to  eliminate  the  stigmas  and  deal  with  the  real   problems  around  health  issues.  2:  HIV/AIDS  is  still  increasing  in  our  city,  as   opposed  to  many  other  major  cities,  which  have  been  able  to  suppress  the   disease.  3:  We  are  in  need  of  support  as  we  trying  to  continue  and  expand   our  programs  and  services,  which  have  been  meeting  the  needs  of  so  many   of  their  constituents  for  28  years  now.     What are the benefits of your new partnership with UAF? BTTH:  Right  away,  we  think  it  will  help  us  increase  our  visibility,  and   enhance  our  efforts  to  raise  awareness  among  their  members  as  well  as   the  local  community.  Moving  forward,  it  will  also  help  us  develop  new   relationships  and  avenues  for  in-­‐kind,  monetary  and  volunteer  support.   What  characteristics  and  skills  are  you  looking  for  your  volunteers  to   bring  to  the  organization?     UAF:  We  simply  want  people  to  pledge  TIME  and  the  willingness  to   improve  the  quality  of  life  in  the  communities  in  which  they  live,  and  work.   Volunteers  can  have  nominal  to  professional  skill  sets  and  we  will  disperse   volunteers  to  work  with  existing  NGO's  that  impact  education,  civil,  health,   social  service,  religious,  and  the  arts.    
    •   How  do  you  acknowledge  those  who  volunteer  for  UAF?     UAF  volunteers  typically  get  an  instant  ROI  on  their  time  and   effort.  We  utilize  social  media  to  acknowledge  volunteers  and   highlight  their  contributions  at  monthly  social  gatherings.   Additionally,  we  use  established  best  practices.     How  many  volunteers  do  you  currently  have?     UAF:  We  currently  have  over  400  people  waiting  to  be  assigned  volunteer   opportunities  but  have  to  build  our  infrastructure  to  coordinate  their   dismemberment.  This  fundraiser  will  help  to  do  so.     BTTH:  We  have  approximately  30  volunteers  assisting  us  with  our   initiatives.     What  are  the  most  important  messages  that  UAF  would  like   Philadelphians,  and  perhaps  local  politicians,  to  hear?     UAF:  Many  of  Philadelphia's  social  and  economical  problems  could  be   slightly  to  dramatically  improve  through  volunteerism.  Our  state  ranks  31   out  of  50  states  in  volunteerism,  and  UAF  is  working  to  bridge  that  gap   which  will  provide  MILLIONS  of  dollars  via  in-­‐kinds  services  to  the  region.       How  will  your  new  partnership  with  Bebashi  benefit  UAF?   UAF:  The  money  raised  will  enable  us  to  launch  our  staple  program   URBAN  ANGEL  365.    The  goal  of  the  program  is  to  provide  50,000  hours  of   skills  based  volunteering  and  pro-­‐bono  services.   In  lieu  of  an  official  website,  where  can  supporters  find  information  on   Urban  Angel  Foundation?     UAF:  Currently  Facebook  is  the  best  place  to  keep  up  with  us,  but  the   event  website  talks  about  the  whole  picture.       ON  THE  EVENT...   Give  us  the  5Ws:   Who:  Bebashi  -­‐  Transition  to  Hope  and  Urban  Angel  Foundation   What:  Halos  For  Hope   When:  Saturday,  August  3  at  7pm   Where:  Pennsylvania  Academy  of  Fine  Arts   Why:  To  raise  funds  for  greatly-­‐needed  health,  nutrition  and  volunteer   services  provided  throughout  our  community  
    • Where  will  funds  go?       The  proceeds  will  support  the  health  disparity  related  programs  and   services  of  Bebashi:  Transition  to  Hope  and  the  capacity  building  efforts  of   the  Urban  Angel  Foundation.  Bebashi  aims  to  further  extend  its  reach  into   the  urban  communities  of  Philadelphia  in  able  to  assist  great  numbers  of   undeserved  minority  populations  by  connecting  them  to  health  services.   Urban  Angel  Foundation  has  a  goal  in  mind,  of  services  hours  for  its  new   volunteer  year.  The  organization  is  striving  to  connect  as  many  urban   professionals  to  local  service  projects  as  possible  in  an  effort  to  support  the   initiatives  of  community-­‐based  organizations.                           Why  is  this  event  important  outside  your  organizations?     During  difficult  economic  times,  people  are  truly  in  need.  The  level  of  need   goes  beyond  individuals  and  families,  and  extends  to  nonprofits  that  are   trying  to  address  problems  within  local  communities.  With  obstacles  like   funding  cuts,  nonprofits  and  their  staffs  must  work  harder  and  be  more   resourceful  at  finding  ways  to  keep  their  doors  open  and  their  services   available  to  the  general  public.       This  fundraiser  is  a  huge  effort  to  support  the  wonderful  and  critical   work  being  done  by  these  two  organizations.  The  absences  of  the   services  being  offered  by  both  organizations  would  leave  countless   local  residents  displaced  in  a  number  of  ways,  and  we  cannot  let  that   happen.  We  want  to  connect  with  and  engage  our  audience  and  help   them  to  understand  just  how  very  valuable  they  are  in  terms  of  making   a  difference.  No  act  of  generosity  is  too  small,  and  this  is  the  message   that  we  want  to  convey.  We  are  trying  to  evoke  a  spirit  of  giving  and   impress  upon  people  just  how  far  their  gift  can  go.      
    •   For  those  who  cannot  attend  but  wish  to  contribute,  where  should  they   go  to  make  a  donation?       Please  visit  halosforhope.org  and  click  "Donate".  Or,  call     (215)  769-­‐3561,  ext.140,  to  discuss  additional  ways  to  show  support.