DECEMBER 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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HERO VIRTUAL QUIZ SHOW
H.E.R.O. for Children hosted another virtual game event for our children on Saturday, November 21st. The kids participated in a Jeopardy-styled Quiz Show that consisted of one round with six different categories. The categories included H.E.R.O. for Children, Politics, Anatomy, Marvel Comics, Atlanta, and Black History themed questions. The aim of the game was to earn as many points as possible by answering the most questions correctly. Each category consisted of five questions assigned between 100 and 500 points, and a bonus for which the players waged points before the question was revealed. The first person who answered correctly gained control of the board and selected the next category and level; if they answered incorrectly, points were deducted. Staff enjoyed watching participants rush to answer first. At the end of the game, the points were tallied and the first, second, and third place winners were determined. Each winner received a $25 Visa gift card. 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. SHARES COVID-19 RELIEF OPPORTUNITIES WITH FAMILIES
HERO staff were pleased to share two COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Programs for Fulton and DeKalb residents with our families. The programs are being administered by The United Way and Peace Baptist Church, and assist persons directly affected by the pandemic. The United Way applicant’s eligibility requirements include proof of COVID-19 financial impact, city of Atlanta residence, and rent, mortgage, and/or utility bills since March. Applicants must also provide valid identification and meet household income guidelines. Peace Baptist Church requirements are similar to the above, except applicants must reside in DeKalb County.

HERO will continue to seek and provide entertaining and informative virtual programming and updates to our clientele during the pandemic. 
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). We’ve also created a Wish List on Amazon which will allow donors to shop for presents for our children and send them directly to HERO. (Amazon Wish 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 Live 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.
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