APRIL 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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A COVID-19 Message from the Desk of the Executive Director
Dear HERO Supporters-

On behalf of HERO’s Board of Directors, we hope this newsletter finds you well in these unprecedented times. Though we remain committed to providing quality of life services to children affected by HIV and AIDS, their and our staff’s health and safety are our first priority. Therefore, as a result of the current Coronavirus situation, we have suspended in-person programming through May. During this time, we will continue to monitor these ever-changing circumstances and follow county/state/federal guidelines regarding social distancing, as well as Centers for Disease Control recommendations concerning ways in which to minimize transmission of the Coronavirus. We have encouraged our mentors and the UGA HEROs philanthropists to stay in contact with the children via phone, social media, Skype, etc. until it is safe to get together again. While staff are working from home, we are exploring ways in which to support the children academically and provide them with some level of virtual programming; we welcome your ideas in these areas. We look forward to providing the children with ‘unforgettable experiences,’ once more, when it is safe to do so. Thank you for your continued support of this organization and the children we support. Stay strong and secure.

Donna M. Drakes
Executive Director
Virtual Dance Party Event
On Monday, March 30 th , 2020, HERO invited its children and families to attend a virtual party hosted by DJ Willy Wow. An email went out to parents detailing information on this virtual event. This Super Hero-themed activity also included an appearance from “Batman”, as it was his “birthday”.

We were excited to be able to provide our children and their families with alternate programming during our current times, and will continue to investigate virtual programming to share with the kids. 
HERO 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 & Development Coordinator, Nadia Eliacin, at nadia@heroforchildren.org.

We thank you in advance for your ideas and support! Please continue to stay safe.

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.
  • Participate with the child in a bi-monthly group activity organized and sponsored by H.E.R.O. for Children.
  • Be a positive role model for the child.
  • Contribute to strengthening the child's self-esteem, social adjustment and life skills.

Camp High Five offers children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS a one-week summer camp program during which they participate in a variety of recreational activities and educational workshops. Activities include archery, boating, canoeing, swimming, fishing, biking, arts and crafts, music, and much, much more!

Though Camp High Five 2020 will likely be rescheduled (TBD) , it will take place at Camp Twin Lakes-Will-A-Way site in Winder, Georgia. Child and volunteer admission criteria and applications are currently available on our website.