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June 27th FOOD DISTRIBUTION 3 / Distribucion de la Comida 3

On Saturday – June 27, 2020  Buddies of NJ, Inc. will be distributing food to the first 500 families from 10am to 12:30pm,

REQUIREMENTS: Valid State ID or Drivers Licence

ALSO AVAILABLE: HIV TESTING AND CLOTHING AS TIME AND RESOURCES PERMIT

El sábado 13 de junio de 2020, Buddies of NJ, Inc. distribuirá alimentos a las primeras 500 familias de 10 a.m. a 12:30 p.m.,

REQUISITOS: Identificación válida del estado o licencia de conducir

TAMBIÉN DISPONIBLE: PRUEBAS DE VIH Y ROPA COMO PERMISO DE TIEMPO Y RECURSOS

June 27th National HIV Testing Day

National HIV TESTING DAY

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995. NHTD is a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment.

THIS YEAR Buddies of NJ, Inc. will be testing literally in our own back yard: 149 Hudson Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

10am to 12:30pm on, Saturday June 27, 2020.

No appointments necessary… but you may contact us in advance by E-mailing a TEAM MEMBER at testing@njbuddies.org

HAPPY PRIDE

Buddies of New Jersey, Inc,

IS PROUD

to be allowed to serve everyone in our community and every color of the rainbow…

This bulletin is to honor gay pride month in a time of social distancing. Included are some dates and events that are worth knowing about, some pride activities, educational opportunities, sexual health resources,and recognition of LGBTQIA+ accomplishments.

May we follow the lead of our Founder, Franklin A. Smith who was proud to be able to provide support, services and resources for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS before there was even a penny provided to do so. I am so proud of Frank as well as others, both LGBTQIA+ Persons and Allies, because of the kindness and generosity given so that others may have life and live it with dignity.

 

FROM SUNDAY JUNE 7th

VIRTUAL JERSEY PRIDE EVENT

THE ANNUAL JERSEY PRIDE CELEBRATION

has been moved to October 22nd provided we are able to do so

PRIDE FLAG RAISING | Thursday June 18th

10AM @ the Harrsison House &

2PM @ the Gazebo of the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center

 

Supreme Court finds federal law bars LGBT discrimination in workplace

Two of the court’s Republican appointees joined the court’s

Democratic appointees to deliver the surprising, 6-3 victory to LGBT advocates.

READ MORE

 

 

THE OCEAN GROVE HEALTH RETREAT IS SLATED TO BE CHANGED

and unless we have a safe way to do so in person…

the plan is for VIRTUAL RETREAT October 28th to 31st

ENDING WITH A HALLOWEEN MIXER ON 31st more info. TBA.

CLICK to see if you can be a part of this: HERE

 

Newark Pride planned for July 19

https://newarkpride.org/pride–festival/newark-events/

Jersey City Pride Still Planned for August

https://jerseycitypride.com/

 

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EVENTS, LINKS, ITEMS OF INTEREST

PRIDE MONTH – Right now many organizations are rearranging themselves to change schedules. We had to cancel our annual participation in Jersey Pride next weekend, as well as the Ocean Grove Health Retreat, and other events in the foreseeable future. Event cancellation does not mean we should cancel or postpone LGBTQIA+ Pride in any way, just how we normally celebrate it. So, be creative celebrate this JUNE, GAY PRIDE MONTH as you see fit.

 

30 DAYS OF PRIDE HERE is a brief consideration and 30 DAY GUIDE of how we can all celebrate PRIDE in a different, deep way.

 

FOOD DISTRIBUTION – SATURDAYS JUNE 13th and 27th, in addition to our current schedule, we are making food and essential items available to the first 500 families. ANYONE IN NEED IS WELCOME to come with a NJ State ID or DL, a face mask, and being able to follow social distancing guidelines.

CLICK HERE to view/print flyers in Spanish and English.

 

Let’s Talk About Risks WEBINAR SERIES

Eric Cabrera from Buddies of NJ will be the profession guest speaker

during our highlighted discussion on Stage-based Counseling Strategies.

We’ll see you NEXT Wednesday, June 10th from 11am-12:30pm

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER is a slogan that Buddies of New Jersey embraces and can profess whole hardheartedly! Please stay safe and avoid behavior that can increase the spread of COVID-19 or hurt others as we proudly express this core belief.

 

GAY PRIDE SURVEY – How Do We Celebrate Pride

 

DONAY’S HILLWALKERS – Donay, the salsa instructor from 2019 Kickoff Party for the NJ AIDS WALK, is starting a group of people who will do modified hill-walking at their own pace on Sunday Mornings in Bergen County. For more information, contact: Donay Wilford <donaysfitness4u@gmail.com>

 

GAY PRIDE FUN QUIZZES at quote tv

 

TRANS LIFE – CLICK HERE to find out about groups in your area. PATHWAYS meets at Buddies of NJ when covid restrictions are not in place.

 

VIRTUAL SPEED DATING at SELF SUPPORT GROUP | Monday – June 29th

We will try a virtual speed dating … questions will be fun … but will also help us practice how to discuss difficult topics with a potential partner. SIGN UP HERE

 

HIV COMMUNITIES FEEDING OTHERS IN NEED – Read this article from TheBody Magazine featuring our own Xio Mora-Lopez. CLICK HERE

 

June 13th FOOD DISTRIBUTION 2 / Distribucion de la Comida 2

On Saturday – June 13, 2020  Buddies of NJ, Inc. will be distributing food to the first 500 families from 10am to 12:30pm,

REQUIREMENTS: Valid State ID or Drivers Licence

ALSO AVAILABLE: HIV TESTING AND CLOTHING AS TIME AND RESOURCES PERMIT

El sábado 13 de junio de 2020, Buddies of NJ, Inc. distribuirá alimentos a las primeras 500 familias de 10 a.m. a 12:30 p.m.,

REQUISITOS: Identificación válida del estado o licencia de conducir

TAMBIÉN DISPONIBLE: PRUEBAS Y ROPA DE VIH COMO PERMISO DE TIEMPO Y RECURSOS

May 30th FOOD DISTRIBUTION / Distribucion de la Comida

On Saturday – May 30, 2020  Buddies of NJ, Inc. will be distributing food to the first 500 families from 10am to 12:30pm,

REQUIREMENTS: Valid State ID or Drivers Licence

El sábado 30 de mayo de 2020, Buddies of NJ, Inc. distribuirá alimentos a las primeras 500 familias de 10 a.m. a 12:30 p.m.,

REQUISITOS: Identificación válida del estado o licencia de conducir
 

10th Annual New Jersey AIDS WALK [VIRTUAL] MAY 1ST through 3RD 2020

One Day – One Cause – Five VIRTUAL SITES:  RIDGEWOOD  serves people living in Bergen/Passaic Counties

New Jersey AIDS WALK 2020
#VIRTUALNJAW2020
Serving the People of
Bergen & Passaic Counties
Dear Supporter,
We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this time.
As a part of the NJ AIDS Walk family, we want you to know that our priorities are to keep everyone – including you – safe; we have made the decision to not hold the NJ AIDS Walk 2020 event in person.  The NJ AIDS Walk board has decided that instead of a physical event we will transform the NJ AIDS Walk into a VIRTUAL EVENT!
Registration is free, so please register now! Please visit www.njaidswalk.org. 
NJ AIDS Walk registrants will be provided with a virtual walk media kit containing tools needed to participate.
Following local and federal health guidelines participants are encouraged to create and share their own NJ AIDS WALK posters, video messages, photos, while taking their own personal walks. Go LIVE on your social media outlets and share with us #VirtualNJAW2020BPH (Bergen|Passaic|Hudson)
We’ll be extending the walk from May 1 – 3, 2020. This will not only give everyone ample time to safely participate, it will give us the opportunity to share a special 3-day photo and video documentation of the Past, Present and Future of our fight against HIV/AIDS. We’ll be posting items all throughout this time, including all of the amazing things you’re doing as supporters! Don’t forget to LIKE (LOVE!), SHARE, POST and CLICK on our virtual efforts!   
Please register at www.njaidswalk.org  or one of the individual agency sites* to download the NJ AIDS walk Virtual media kit and register to participate. Registration is Free! www.njaidswalk.org
Since the inception of the NJ AIDS Walk, 10 years ago, we have raised more than $2 Million to support HIV/AIDS services in New Jersey. Your continued support is the key to the success of Ending the HIV Epidemic. Today we need you now more than ever as we help our clients and communities, this very moment, navigate through the COVID-19 Pandemic!
If there is any community that has the strength, the will and the passion to fight the current COVID-19 pandemic IT IS US!
We are doing everything we can to support our communities NOW! We have front-line staff making sure people receive life sustaining food and crucial medication. Staff are on call, operating from home by phone and internet providing community wellness checks, support that ensures people are able to stay in their homes safely. Via telemedicine our professionals are available to provide mental health and substance use services, while others are assisting with housing referrals and handling case management to ensure health services continue.
Support for this free event can take many forms. Each of us has a role to play. For some it will be using social media talents and skills, for others it will be making sure we remember all the loved ones we’ve lost. And for others who have the means, please consider making a monetary donation. Every contribution, in any form counts and is appreciated.
Once again, on behalf of the entire NJ AIDS Walk team, we thank you for your patience and understanding. Please feel free to reach out to us with any concerns or questions, and please keep yourself, your family and your community safe and healthy!
Remember, if there is any community that knows how to get through this, it’s us! 
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!! STAY JERSEY STRONG!!! 

 

Kickoff Extravaganza – UNCRINKLED & READY TO GO VIRTUAL (April 30th)

2020 Kickoff Extravaganza  –  UNCRINKLED & READY TO GO VIRTUAL

CLICK HERE & REGISTER TO GET A SIGN-IN LINK

VIRTUAL – NJAW Kickoff Party w. Buddies

FREE Virtual Get Together to Kickoff the VIRTUAL New Jersey AIDS WALK 2020

About this Event

Spend some time with supporters and Buddies’ Partners at a Virtual type ‘Happy Hour’ in Support of the NJ AIDS WALK .

This will be done on a ZOOM platform. Eventbrite registrants will receive a sign on link with instructions; only registrants with passwords will be allowed in the room.

There will be guest performers as well as some open mic opportunity toward the end. There will be music and fun brought right to you and where you feel most comfortable signing in.

Don’t not miss this opportunities to see friends and supporters of the NJ AIDS WALK who have been with us through the years and NOW at this most important time.

We invite each of you to set the mood in your space… lighting, comfortable place to relax and enjoy conversation and entertainment, quiet and dim enough to hear and see everyone, and, of course… BYOB Bring Your Own Bundle of fun… food, costumes, signage, beverages .

SEE THE VIDEO SLIDESHOW from 2015 BELOW

Entertainers – Singers – Poets – Visual/Dance – Comedians -Drag Artists!

PLEASE BE APPROPRIATE!

Tom Hayes Holiday Brunch

Buddies of NJ invites you to our annual Tom Hayes Holiday Brunch

About this Event

Joe’s Back for one last time at New Location

Chef “Uncle Joe” from Bay Way Diner and Featured on Guy Fierri is back one last time!

*** TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE – NO TICKETS SOLD DAY OF ***

CLICK NOW TO BUY TICKETS / haga clic ahora para comprar boletos

dec15th.eventbrite.com

Single Tickets are $15.00 / Family of Four Tickets are $50.00 / Table $130.00

Silent Auction | TV Raffle | Mystery Tricky Tray |and More!

Make this a family and friend celebration … with our family at Buddies. It is a time for everyone to be together before the holidays!

Joe ha vuelto por última vez a una nueva ubicación

¡El chef “Tío Joe” de Bay Way Diner y presentado en Guy Fierri regresó por última vez!

*** LOS BOLETOS DEBEN COMPRARSE POR ADELANTADO – NO SE VENDEN BOLETOS EN ESA DIA**

Los boletos individuales cuestan $ 15.00 / Familia de cuatro boletos cuestan $ 50.00 / Mesa $ 130.00

Subasta silenciosa | Sorteo de TV | Mystery Tricky Tray | ¡y más!

Haga de esto una celebración familiar y de amigos … con nuestra familia en Buddies. ¡Es un momento para que todos estén juntos antes de las vacaciones!