History of ActionAIDS

In September 1986, a group of 84 committed volunteers came together to form a community of care to provide services to people with AIDS. These were the partners, family and friends of our founding volunteers. Gathering in Center City Philadelphia, these volunteers acted; and ActionAIDS was founded. Rev. Jim Littrell became the first administrator of the new organization, with Bob Schoenberg as the first Board President, and Anna Forbes as the first staff member. The mission statement simply read: "ActionAIDS believes that no one should face AIDS alone."

ActionAIDS helped over 100 people with AIDS in its first year. Over these many years, thanks to dedicated volunteers, talented staff, generous donors, and ongoing support from city, state and Federal agencies, ActionAIDS has grown to become Pennsylvania’s largest AIDS service organization.

ActionAIDS currently serves over 4,000 clients a year through the efforts of over 350 dedicated volunteers and 84 professional staff. ActionAIDS staff and volunteers are privileged to be invited into the lives of thousands of men, women and children who are faced with the challenges of living with HIV disease. ActionAIDS' volunteers and staff focus on building relationships one person and one family at a time. The agency's services are relationship focused, client centered and individualized. ActionAIDS continues to build a strong, diverse and committed community of caring to make sure that no one faces AIDS alone.