In midst of pandemic, organization remains focused on ending HIV in Kentucky and providing housing opportunities for the medially vulnerable
AVOL Kentucky (AVOL) has now announced the eleventh annual Dining Out For Life® (DOFL) event scheduled for Thursday, September 10. This year’s installment of the annual fundraiser will have a slightly different feel due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still a number of ways for the community to participate and make a meaningful impact on eradicating HIV in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and supporting those most in need.
Participants will be able to donate online anytime at www.dineoutlex.com. Then, AVOL is inviting the Bluegrass to dine-in or order carry-out/curbside pickup from one of their 30 restaurant partners on Thursday, September 10. A portion of sales will be donated to AVOL by these generous establishments. A complete list of partner restaurants can also be found at www.dineoutlex.com.
“Lexington’s generosity and support of AVOL and Dining Out For Life, over the past decade, has truly been humbling,” said AVOL Executive Director Jon Parker. “We are so appreciative of our restaurant partners and the community for their continued help in fulfilling our mission and delivering essential resources to our most vulnerable neighbors in need.”
In keeping with AVOL’s mission to end HIV in Kentucky, all funds raised through DOFL will be used to advance this mission while focusing on:
“Dining Out For Life allows AVOL to raise critically needed funds while making people more aware of the good work being done by our volunteers and staff in the communities we serve,” Parker added.
AVOL provides extensive outreach, education, access to free HIV testing, prevention and connectivity to care. For individuals living with HIV, AVOL responds to and develops new housing opportunities which address critical housing needs. Stable housing as a direct impact on health outcomes. Individuals who are stably housed are more likely to achieve viral suppression and healthy living.
DOFL, founded in 1982, is now produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada, with more than 3,000 restaurants donating a portion of their proceeds from their designated day of dining.
AVOL has hosted Lexington’s since 2009 and has raised over $780,000 which has provided a host of services to thousands, including benefits and resources counseling, case management, housing, and food and nutrition assistance to low-income individuals. Last year, AVOL was recognized as one of the nation’s top-10 DOFL host organizations.
About Dining Out For Life
Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors, and restaurants. The concept is simple: Restaurants donate a generous percent of their sales to a local HIV service organization, and the local HIV service organization fills participating restaurants with diners. Participating is even easier: locate a Dining Out For Life event in a city near you, find a restaurant from the list of participating locations, and on that city’s event date: Dine Out to End HIV.
In 2019, more than 50 local HIV service organizations partnered with 2,400+ participating restaurants, 4,100+ volunteers, and 300,000+ diners to raise an astonishing $4.28 million for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and Canada. Best part? All funds raised through a city’s Dining Out For Life event stay in that city to provide help and hope to people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.
AVOL’s mission is to collaborate with communities to end HIV in Kentucky. AVOL currently provides housing and supportive services to over 300 low-income men and women living with HIV/AIDS in more than 70 counties in central and eastern Kentucky. AVOL operates Solomon House, a long-term permanent community residence for people with AIDS. AVOL provides free HIV and other STI testing as well as HIV prevention education and outreach to those at-risk in our communities. AVOL also serves as an important link connecting those newly diagnosed and those out of care to medical treatment and other healthcare and support resources.