The Vagina Monologues at Wilkes University

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Each year students at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA organize their own rendition of The Vagina Monologues, a play originally written by Eve Ensler that explores sexual experiences, body image, sex work, and several other topics from women’s points of view. In addition to the performances, students will also be collecting donations of feminine hygiene products to donate to local resources. The organizers behind the Wilkes performance have decided to donate the proceeds of their shows to various beneficiaries. Ten percent will go to the V-Day organization, a group that is dedicated to ending violence against women and girls around the world. The remaining funds are to be split evenly between local organizations: Caring Communities, the Victims Resource Center, and the Domestic Violence Service Center. We are honored to be…
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Employee of the Month December 2018: Helen Kotowicz

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Our final Employee of the Month for 2018 was Helen Kotowicz! Helen is a phlebotomist for Caring Communities, assisting our Community Health Workers in performing STD tests for the community. She is frequently with us when we go out into the community and test at local venues in the evenings and on weekends. Helen joined Caring Communities in 2012 to draw blood for testing at various venues throughout our service area. She has excellent phlebotomy skills (never misses a vein!) and a warm professionalism that puts everyone at ease. Over the years, Helen has built up a rapport with testing clients, so much so that they’ve begun asking for her by name. Helen has become a familiar, friendly face for Caring Communities, welcoming anyone and everyone who would like our…
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The Lasting Impact of Ryan White

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On January 16, 2019, it will have been 30 years since the airing of "The Ryan White Story" on television. Ryan White grew up in Kokomo, Indiana. At a young age he was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A, a hereditary blood coagulation disorder which made even small injuries result in severe bleeding.[1] At the time, common treatment for hemophiliacs was weekly infusions of factor VIII, a blood product created from pooled plasma of non-hemophiliacs.[2] In December of 1984, Ryan was treated for pneumonia and subsequently diagnosed with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) at age 13. He was one of the first children with hemophilia to be diagnosed with AIDS as a result of a tainted factor VIII infusion.[3] Ryan was told he had six months to live. At the time, the…
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Warm Wishes Campaign

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Caring Communities and other members of the Hazleton Inter-Agency Council are teaming up to collect warm weather accessories for those who are unhoused or in need of some extra help this winter. We are looking to collect scarves, hats, and gloves throughout January to be distributed in February. We will be distributing them in late-winter to help those who might not have gotten what they needed around the holidays. Donation bins will be located in our own offices (Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton), as well as the offices of other Hazleton IAC members. The Caring Communities offices will be open and able to take donations Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. If you would like to donate, you can visit one of the locations below: Caring Communities, Wilkes-Barre OfficeCaring Communities, Hazleton…
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Employee of the Month November 2018: Jacob Kelley

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Our Employee of the Month for November 2018 is Jacob Kelley! Jacob is our Community and Client Liaison and has been with Caring Communities since March of 2017. Jacob graduated from Bloomsburg University in December 2016. There, he presented his work at conferences and hosted workshops that focused on LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual) and gender expression. He is continuing with his education through Weidner University, where he is working toward a master’s degree in Human Sexuality. Jacob hopes to use his education in combination with his experiences at Caring Communities to become a sex educator. After school, Jacob began looking for opportunities to work with the LGBTQA community and gain insights of how best to serve and empower the members of that community. He was able to…
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