There are many ways to help the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and we will do our best to find a volunteer role that matches your interests and / or skills. Some of the on-going needs are as follows:

- Office Assistance answering phones, filing, photocopying, data entry, etc. Dates/Times: Monday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.;

- Quarterly Projects Once a quarter we host a Volunteer Saturday for volunteers who cannot volunteer during the week. This volunteer day usually consists of a mailing project. Date/Times: Once per quarter; Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.;

- Skylar Appearances Skylar, CAAF's mascot makes visits to children affected by AIDS (at picnics, family days, arts & crafts fairs, etc). Volunteers are needed to either wear the Skylar costume (volunteers should by 5' 3" or less in height and in good physical condition);

- Other volunteers are needed to be Skylar's escort at these appearances. Dates/Times: As required;

- Event Volunteers For CAAF's special events, volunteers are needed prior to (for jobs like stuffing invitations, assembling gift bags, etc.) as well as the day of event (checking-in guests, serving food, etc.).

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The participation of our dedicated volunteers falls under the following categories:

- Daily Meals Program Every Tuesday, volunteer packers fill each client's individual order, addressing their specific dietary needs. Volunteer meal packing and delivery positions are available. Especially needed are "back-up" delivery people who can fill-in when regular drivers are ill or out of town.

- Program Management Volunteers are involved in program coordination, liaison with community groups, public relations, financial matters, membership recruitment, volunteer coordination and fundraising efforts.

- Fundraising Events Volunteers are needed to assist with the planning and implementation of a variety of community fundraising events.

- Administration Volunteers perform clerical functions, maintain data base and files, handle incoming and outgoing mail, act as a receptionist and train new office support. Morning and afternoon schedules are available. An ongoing commitment of three and half-hours per week for six months is requested.

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the buddhist AIDS project (BAP)

The Buddhist AIDS Project, based in San Francisco, provides free information and referral to:

- Current HIV/AIDS news, with links to local, national, and international resources;

- Buddhist teachings, practice centers, and special events; and

- Complementary Alternative Medicine services.

An all-volunteer, non-profit Affiliate of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF), BAP serves anyone living with HIV/AIDS, including family, friends, caregivers and people who are HIV negative.

In the past, many of the resources listed here were not so easy to find -- the Buddhist AIDS Project is working to change that situation. The BAP site is a virtual gathering place where many people have made themselves available for those seeking life enhancing practices that can strengthen the response to changing physical, mental, and spiritual challenges.

Together with this primary focus, a Buddhist AIDS Project goal is to help inform and weave together communities of socially engaged Buddhists and others worldwide. We envision the project as a networking link, bringing HIV/AIDS and alternative health information to the Buddhist community and Buddhist perspective and practice opportunities to all.

BAP is a non-sectarian effort which presently includes more than 30 volunteers, from physicians to body workers, counselors to meditation instructors, and others who offer their services.

As an Affiliate of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship , BAP is included in BPF's non-profit organization status with the IRS.

Any donations made to BAP as of July 1, 1996 are tax-deductable. All donations go to support services, mailing, telephone, printing, and duplication expenses.

For monthly notification of site updates by e-mail, please send the message: "Request e-mail update" to

If you are considering donating your skills to the Buddhist AIDS Project, or want further information about the services it offers, please call us at (415) 522-7473, or e-mail us.

about our coordinator

Steve Peskind has been a Buddhist student and practitioner since 1973 and an HIV/AIDS counselor and educator since 1981. His qualifications include:

- Psychology and Asian Studies, Stanford University, 1978;

- Co-founder (1981) of Coming Home Hospice in San Francisco and the San Francisco Shanti Project (1982), where he trained volunteers and co-facilitated the first support groups in San Francisco for people living with AIDS, and their families and friends;

- Health Educator (1984) for Orange County, CA.;

- Founding Director of Services (1985) of the AIDS Services Foundation Orange County;

- Founding Project Director (1987) of Laguna Shanti in Laguna Beach, CA.;

- Counselor and group facilitator in the San Francisco Bay Area;

- Freelance writer;

- Founding Volunteer/Coordinator (1993) of the Bay Area based Buddhist AIDS Project;

- Currently writing and editing the anthology Heart Lessons from an Epidemic: Buddhist Practice and Living with HIV for Parallax Press.


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