OCTOBER 2020
Improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS through enriching programs, unforgettable experiences, and connections to the community.
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H.E.R.O. VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT
H.E.R.O. for Children hosted a virtual game event for our children on Saturday, September 19th. The kids participated in a Scavenger Hunt that consisted of four different themed rounds. The rounds included Academic, Coronavirus, Kitchen Chef, and Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit themed items. The aim of the game was to earn as many points as possible by finding as many items from the identified list before the 3-minute time limit elapsed. Each list consisted of 15 items assigned between 1 and 5 points, and a hard-to-find bonus item worth 10 points. Players had the opportunity to acquire a total of 50 points per series. Staff enjoyed watching participants run around their houses in search of the listed items. After all four rounds were completed, the points were tallied and the final first, second, and third place winners were determined. Each winner received a gift card prize in allotted amounts. We were happy to facilitate this afternoon of entertainment for our clientele and look forward to hosting additional virtual game activities during the pandemic.
H.E.R.O. SEPTEMBER VIDEO/AUDIO/ESSAY COMPETITION ON HERO IMPACT
In September, H.E.R.O. invited our children to submit video, audio, or essay entries that answered the following question:

How has participation in H.E.R.O. programs impacted your life since enrollment? Please include which specific programs you have participated in (i.e. Super HEROs Mentoring, Camp High Five, etc.), and how long you have been a part of the organization.

Congratulations to our winners

First place winner – Kenya
Second place winner – Hope

Below, please see an excerpt from Kenya’s winning submission:
We are so proud of both of our September contest winners! Each winner received a Visa gift card - $100 for 1st place, and $50 for 2nd place. We thank everyone who submitted an entry for this competition. H.E.R.O. looks forward to introducing new competitions for our children in the near future.
H.E.R.O. SHARES VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES WITH FAMILIES - HBCU COLLEGE TOUR
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HERO invited its children and families to participate in a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Fair opportunity, which took place on Saturday, September 12th. Recruiters from Shaw University, Coppin State University, Bennett College, and Alcorn State University were scheduled to speak about their respective schools, as well as HBCU graduates and current students. This opportunity was a wonderful way for our kids to learn about colleges and universities they normally would not visit. We will continue to seek and provide entertaining and informative virtual programming to our clientele during the pandemic. 
ABBREVIATED HOLIDAY OF HEROS 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, H.E.R.O. has decided not to convene the various groups of volunteers required to execute our normal Holiday of HEROs (HOH) program. We believe this is the best course of action to take to ensure the collective health and safety of our staff and volunteers. As a result, we will facilitate HOH in an abbreviated form this year. We are inviting businesses, community partners, churches, groups, and individuals to get involved with this exciting program by donating clothing store gift cards (i.e. Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Macy’s, Old Navy) and/or our most requested gift items (Click Here for List) .

ABOUT HOLIDAY OF HEROS PROGRAM
The HOH program allows us to partner with other AIDS organizations and hospitals in Georgia to provide children affected by HIV and AIDS with one item they need and one gift they want during the holiday season. Our partner organizations include Jerusalem House, AID Atlanta, and Living Forward, as well as pediatric AIDS clinics in Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Augusta, Albany, and Savannah. An HIV/AIDS diagnosis for those from low-income families (most of our clientele live below the poverty line), usually comes with great financial difficulty due to healthcare costs and the inability of an infected adult to work consistently. This program meets a needs for our children during the holidays. 
H.E.R.O. IS LOOKING FOR VIRTUAL PROGRAM IDEAS
During this difficult time, H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. has been forced to suspend in-person programming for our children. With this said, we are looking to provide them and their families with new and innovative, virtual opportunities. If you have access to or ideas regarding appropriate, virtual activities or events for youth and adolescents, please e-mail our Match and Development Coordinator – Nadia Eliacin – at nadia@heroforchildren.org.

We thank you in advance for your ideas and support! Please continue to stay safe.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Virtual Tutors Needed
H.E.R.O. is openly recruiting volunteer tutors to assist our students in the areas of math, science, social studies, language arts, and reading. We would prefer volunteers who are at least 25 years old, and have prior teaching/tutoring experience. If you are interested, please email our Match and Development Coordinator – Nadia Eliacin – at nadia@heroforchildren.org.
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Super HERO Mentors Needed
The Super HEROes Mentoring Program is a community-based, one-on-one mentoring program serving children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The program provides these children with the opportunity to have a positive role model through a mentor and to strengthen their life skills, self-esteem, communication skills, goal-setting and academic performance.

Volunteer mentors needed to:
  • Spend one-on-one quality time with a child at least twice a month, a minimum of two hours each time (virtually during the pandemic).
  • Participate with the child in a bi-monthly group activity organized and sponsored by H.E.R.O. for Children (virtually during the pandemic).
  • Be a positive role model for the child.
  • Contribute to strengthening the child's self-esteem, social adjustment and life skills.
UPCOMING EVENTS