The net proceeds from AIDS WALK WASHINGTON 2000 will benefit Whitman-Walker Clinic.
Whitman-Walker Clinic is a volunteer, community-based organization that touches the lives of two out of every three people living with HIV/AIDS in the Washington, D.C. area and was among the very first in the nation to respond to the AIDS epidemic.Today from it's roots in the lesbian and gay community, Whitman-Walker has grown to an agency with an annual budget of $14.5 million and a full time staff of 180. Volunteers, crtical to the agency's success, numbered more than 2,200 in 1994 alone and contributed more than 400,000 hours of service valued at over $7.5 million.The agency's Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center provides comprehensive medical care, including eye care and dental treatment. A team of staff and volunteer social workers gives clients full case management services, helping them access other Whitman-Walker programs such as housing, legal, and mental support. Eleven houses, located throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia, provide shelter to over seventy otherwise homeless residents.From the beginning of the epidemic, Whitman-Walker has served the entire D.C. area, reaching into the suburbs from its central facility in downtown Washington, with satellite offices in Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. Its Max Robinson Center, opened in 1992, serves those living east of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.