In August, Street Works had an opportunity to engage the community to educate and interact about the work of the organization. Street Works’ mission to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and provide care and supportive services for those infected and affected – through outreach, education, and advocacy in communities of greatest risk. On Saturday, August 11, we participated in an exciting festival to spread the word about the services we provide. ‘Festival Familiar,’ was hosted by the non-profit Conexión América (Casa Azafrán) where new Metro Public School pre-K students, their parents and the surrounding community celebrated the beginning of a new school year. It was a fun and educational experience for Latino families across the community.
With roughly 450 attendees, primarily consisting of local families and their children, we had an opportunity hand out school supplies and speak about the importance of our mission and how we accomplish it. We also formed a new relationship with Worker’s Dignity Organization and look forward to working with them in the future. Finally, we were able to administer anonymous tests for 8 different individuals throughout the day, all of which came back negative.
We are grateful for our strong, working relationships with organizations throughout Nashville (just like our relationship with Conexión América) that enables us to reach a wider group of people in the Nashville community and spread awareness on how to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The day spent at Festival Familiar was a big success and we are excited to continue to attend more events like this in the future!