Employee of the Month, August 2018: Sharon Whitebread

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        Our Employee of the Month for August 2018 is Sharon Whitebread! Sharon is our Linkage, Outreach, and Community Education Manager. She has been working hard for Caring Communities since 2010, originally starting as a volunteer and working her way to part-time employee in 2013, and finally full-time in 2013. The Caring Communities staff raves about her helpfulness, positive attitude, and extensive knowledge of all things Caring Communities. One coworker noted, “she has taken her experience and used it to better the work of others on multiple occasions” Another mentioned that, “Sharon is always kind to her clients, staff, and members of the community.” She is truly a team player and Caring Communities is only stronger with her on our side! Sharon began her impressive community involvement…
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Pride on the Mountain

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Rain was steady, but that didn’t stop attendees from showing up and jumping in at Pride on the Mountain on September 8, 2018. This year’s Pride, organized by the NEPA Rainbow Alliance, had a wonderful turnout despite less-then-ideal weather. The family-friendly event was set at Mountain Mountain’s water park with music provided by M80, a local cover band. While many Pride-goers tended to stick to tents and under awnings, some still donned their bathing suits and jumped in the lazy river, full of Rainbow Alliance beach balls, enjoying a relaxing day on the mountain. Mid-afternoon was set aside for a drag show. Queens and Kings huddled just off stage, excited to share their performances with the eager crowd. First up was Buster Highman, who also had the honor of passing…
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TODAY is the last day to donate to Caring Communities through Raise the Region 2018! Click here to support us!

AIDS, Blog, Caring Communities, HIV, STDs
Click here to make a donation to Caring Communities through Raise the Region! What is Raise the Region®? “Raise the Region® is a unique, online giving event that provides an opportunity for people who care about their community to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in 30-hours - starting at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 and ending at midnight on Thursday, March 15, 2018. All gifts will be processed through the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships have committed $150,000 to be applied to each donation as stretching funds to help leverage credit card donations received via www.raisetheregion.org during this event.  Monetary prizes will also be awarded to nonprofit organizations throughout the event.”
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It’s World Hemophilia Day!

AIDS, Blood, Caring Communities, HIV
On World Hemophilia Day, we recognize and remember Corey Dubin, "who was an advocate for people with hemophilia living with HIV." "In the early days of the epidemic, Corey contracted HIV and hepatitis C through infected blood products he used to control his hemophilia. In response, he made it his life’s work to promote a conversation about the nation’s blood safety laws and regulations to prevent future HIV and hepatitis infections." #WHD2017 Please read this article by POZ about Corey Dubin's life and HIV activism from which we pulled these quotes.
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Upcoming Public Testing

Caring Communities, Department of Health, HIV, STDs, Transmission
Upcoming Public Testing Venues Testing begins at 10:30 pm! Heat Bar and Nightclub – March 3, 2017 12 Penny Saloon – March 4, 2017 Venture Lounge -- March 10, 2017 Heat Bar and Nightclub – March 24, 2017 12 Penny Saloon – March 25, 2017 Public Testing for Students Times vary. Contact university health services for more information.  Wilkes University — March 14, 2017 Penn State University – Hazleton Campus – March 16, 2017 Penn State University -- Wilkes-Barre Campus -- March 16, 2017 Misericordia University — March 21, 2017 Bloomsburg University – March 24, 2017
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