Celebrating 30 years of courage, compassion and resilience
Thirty years ago, PCAF opened its doors to those in our community who were the first to be impacted by HIV and the AIDS epidemic. Our doors and our hearts have been open ever since, positively impacting thousands of people who are our friends, family members, and colleagues.
Since the start of the epidemic in the 1980s, PCAF has been on the front lines fighting HIV/AIDS and combating stigma. We assisted with opening the first legal needle exchange in the United States in 1988; organized the inaugural AIDS walk in Tacoma in 1992; created the Housing Options Program in 1993 to address the needs of our clients for safe, affordable, and accessible housing; served as an incubator for LGBTQ programs in our community; and began providing services in Olympia in 2012 for people previously served by United Communities AIDS Network, which ceased operations in 2011. Read more about our history here.
Throughout the rest of this year, PCAF is hosting a series of community events to commemorate this milestone. Check back for updates and plan to join in the celebrations, which will culminate with a special 30th Anniversary event on World AIDS Day, December 1st in Tacoma.
- Le Voyeur Performances – September 23
- UNWIND, PCAF’s annual fall fundraiser – September 28
- King’s Books – October 19
- HeartSparkle Players Benefit Performance – November 9
- 30th Anniversary Community Celebration – December 1
- & more events to come!