On Dec.4, Whitman Walker Health, a nonprofit community health center, gave back to community service organizations that are making a difference in the lives of people infected and affected by AIDS.

To mark the day of giving, Whitman-Walker Health Executive Director Don Blanchon and Chief External Affairs Officer Tiffany Gilliard present a check for more than $10,000 to George Kresslein of HOPE DC, the top fundraising organization in the 2013 AIDS Walk Community Partner program. Several other community partners attended and received checks.

“Giving Tuesday is a chance for the community, including nonprofits, to give back to organizations that help those in need,” said Don Blanchon, Executive Director of Whitman-Walker. “Whitman-Walker is honored to celebrate this day of giving by congratulating organizations that played such an important role in the success of our annual AIDS Walk.”

AIDS Walk Washington invites DC-area HIV/AIDS service organizations to join the Walk as a Community Partner; a portion of the funds raised by their team is returned to them to support their organization. Traditionally, Community Partners have received 50 percent of their funds raised, this year in response to a challenging economic climate for all; WWH gave 80 percent back to the partners.

Participating organizations must be a local non-profit with HIV/AIDS care, education or prevention as a prominent component of their mission or programs.

This program offers an opportunity for local HIV/AIDS organizations that may not have large fundraising bases to not only bring in additional funds, but receive additional exposure to the community for the work they do.

“We want to encourage more participation in the AIDS Walk among other HIV/AIDS service providers” said Blanchon. “AIDS Walk is truly a community effort where everyone benefits.”