The Indianapolis AIDS Walk took place on Saturday October 10th. Team Indy (minus Oliver :( who was sick) was up before the sun setting up tents, blowing up balloons, testing the bounce house, and making sure the park looked spectacular for the Health Fair.
We had a great day of team bonding and doing whatever we could to make the day a success! Tons of people came out for the event and participated in the 5k walk. One of our many roles for the day was to watch over the four panels of the Names Quilt that were on display. Many of the former Indianapolis Americorps volunteers showed up and almost all of our host agencies participated in the Health Fair! It was a wonderful day and the walk raised over $150,000 for the Gregory R. Powers Direct Emergency Financial Assistance Fund. We wrapped up our 12 hour day at the Indianapolis Expo where we played around with giant parade floats and decorations. Here is a picture of our team in a giant red high heel!
On October 15, Team Indianapolis celebrated National Latino HIV Testing Day by attending Casa Mateo's Health Fair. We partnered with Planned Parenthood and passed out information in both Spanish and English. When we had down time, we put together some bilingual safer sex kits and discussed ideas for our long term project. The event had a nice crowd, and it felt good to be a part of the community!