About Big Bend Cares

Big Bend Cares provides education and comprehensive support to people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, serving Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Franklin, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties.

We are a 501 (c) (3) agency that serves Area 2B, a Florida Department of Health designated eight-county area including Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. Area 2B is a portion of the “Big Bend” that stretches across Florida’s panhandle. Big Bend Cares is the only HIV/AIDS organization to provide case management services, and is the primary AIDS service organization providing HIV/AIDS education in this mainly rural region. Big Bend Cares exists to provide education and comprehensive support to people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Big Bend Cares Service Area

 

Gadsden County
Jefferson County
Leon County
Liberty County
Madison County
Franklin County
Taylor County
Wakulla County

Service Area Map


Agency History

The origin of Big Bend Cares has its roots in the burgeoning HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s. At that time, the agency consisted of just a few volunteers and supporters who struggled to serve and comfort people suffering from AIDS at a time when treatments were largely ineffective and services were generally unavailable.

Today, nearly 30 years later, Big Bend Cares is a 501(c)3 United Way agency, offering an array of “wrap-around” services. We provide not only case management services to protect and maintain the health of those affected by HIV/AIDS, but also attack the root causes of the disease through vigorous educational efforts and community outreach.

Big Bend Cares is the only agency providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in the eight-county Big Bend region.