The US Postal Service’s Operation Santa program is live and people can sign up to be a registered follower to help make the holiday season special for children and their families.
According to a press release, for the past three weeks, the Postal Service has been sending letters from across the country to Santa’s workshop.
The statement stated that interested registered users should visit the website, read messages and select one or more desires they wish to fulfill. Once the messages are selected, adopters must follow the directions they received in their welcome email to make sure the gifts arrive on time. The statement said that letters can be approved until December 22 and packages can be shipped until January 14. Message handlers bear all shipping costs for gift packages, including appropriate postage.
Operation Santa was created by the Postal Service 109 years ago to help those in need experience a happy holiday season, the statement says. People don’t have to be religious or even believe in Santa to participate.
People can still send letters to Santa through December 10th. Visit the website mentioned above for details.
Scholarships available for AIDS 2022
The International AIDS Society, which participates in the biennial World AIDS Conferences, has announced that the AIDS Scholarship Program 2022 is now open. The conference will be held in person in Montreal, Canada, approximately from July 29 to August 2. The introductory conference will be held from 27-28 July.
A press release said the scholarship program is open to anyone who works or volunteers with HIV and will be at least 16 years old by July 27. Priority will be given to presenters of abstracts, facilitators of workshops, organizers of the Global Village and Youth Program activities whose contributions have been selected for the conference.
Priority will also be given to applicants from low-income countries; Applicants belonging to major population groups and people living with HIV; Young and junior investigators under the age of 35; and applicants who have not previously received an IAS conference scholarship, said an email.
Applicants can choose whether to attend the conference in person or virtually. Financial support covers registration, travel, accommodation, daily living allowance and/or virtual access (SIM card, data package or device), as stated in the email. Successful applicants will have access to conference and pre-conference.
Scholarship applications will be accepted until January 31. IAS members can apply until February 7. To apply, click here.
Castro League Anniversary Party
Castro Community on Patrol, a volunteer organization that provides LGBTQ neighborhood safety patrols and provides general safety information, celebrates its 15th anniversary on Monday, December 13, from 7-9 p.m. at The Academy, 2166 Market Street.
CCOP President Greg Carey said in an email that the event will recognize current and former volunteers.
“But most of the evening will be an opportunity to have conversations about the past and plans for the future,” Carey said.
There is no cost to attend. There will be a cash bar if attendees want to enjoy a drink.
CCOP is a program of SF-SAFE. Volunteers don’t physically break up fights or make arrests, but this has had a positive impact on the neighborhood, according to its website. Those interested in learning more can click here. CCOP is a different organization from the San Francisco Special Patrol Police, which will end its services in Castro on December 31, the Bay Area Reporter previously reported.
Participate in the Alkarama Fund Survey 2022
The San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services is seeking community input. As part of the agency’s 2022 Dignity Fund community needs assessment, it is collecting feedback through an online survey on the needs of seniors and people with disabilities so that it can continue to improve how city residents are served, according to a press release.
In November 2016, San Francisco voters passed the first proposal to create the Dignity Fund. Prop I called for funding of approximately $38 million annually, with increases scheduled through 2037. The fund supports the health and well-being of seniors and adults with disabilities, according to a press release.
To take the survey, click here. The deadline is Friday 17 December. The survey is available in ten different languages.
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