Aunt Rita's Foundation

About Aunt Rita's Foundation

In our mission to end HIV in Arizona, Aunt Rita’s quietly began in 1988 with our first fundraising bake sale. Since then, Aunt Rita’s Foundation has provided millions of dollars to HIV programs and prides itself as the “Connector of the HIV Community” with gap-filling programs that include testing and collaborative initiatives. Partner agencies include Ebony House, The Bill Holt Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, CAN Community Health, Chicanos Por La Causa LUCES Program, HEAL International, HIV Care Directions, Valleywise Health, one n ten, Southwest Behavioral Health Services, Southwest Center, Shot in the Dark, Southwest Recovery Alliance and Terros Health. Aunt Rita’s has provided millions of dollars in grant funding in support of critical HIV prevention and treatment programs throughout Arizona.

Aunt Rita’s distributes free Home HIV oral swap test kits through and provides vouchers for confidential clinical testings at 100 Safeway stores and Sonora Quest locations statewide. Aunt Rita’s signature fund-raising events are AIDS Walk Arizona and RED is the Night, and and we commemorate World AIDS Day with a community-oriented Picnic in the Park. Aunt Rita’s Foundation also works with the Arizona Department of Health Services to increase awareness and education about HIV/AIDS statewide through HIVAZ.ORG. Aunt Rita’s Foundation was a founding member with the City of Phoenix Fast Track Cities initiative and plays a vital role in advocating at the Arizona legislature and State Government to establish laws, regulations, and policies that further our efforts to educate, prevent HIV, and treat HIV.



March 2023 - May 2023 Phoenix, AZ
“From my time at the site, I really enjoyed working with the team and the environment. I had the opportunity to gain insight on this potential work field through various backgrounds. From program management, community outreach, public speaking, team management and simple tasks around the office. If not for the team I do not think I would have gotten the most of out of my experience there. Specifically my supervisor Citlaly, who is the Operations Manager, she ensured I was utilizing the various resources that were available. In which I was able to make connections with others in the HIV career field, refresh my resume, and partake in mock interviews. Overall, the team at Aunt Rita's Foundation is a lively one and people I do look forward to potentially work with in the future. ”
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