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Remembering Frances George

Frances E. (Aleeza Baht Israel) George Obituary

It is with a heavy heart that Big Bend Cares must share that our colleague Frances George has passed away. Since June of 2016, she served as a Case Manager in Gadsden and Leon Counties. Coworkers remember her as “a very quiet person but she had a sharp tongue and was passionate about her clients,” having a “beautiful smile and soft pleasant voice,” and being a pleasure to work with. Big Bend Cares mourns her loss, both as a member of our team, and as a helping hand in our community. 

You may read her obituary here.

World AIDS Day Events

Join Big Bend Cares in honoring the annual World AIDS Day by joining us at these events:

World AIDS Day Kickoff at 926

November 30 @ 10:00 pm – December 1 @ 2:00 am
926, 926 W Tharpe St, 
Tallahassee, FL 32303 United States 
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Help us start of World AIDS Day right by joining us at 926 Bar and Grill on November 30th! More details to come.

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Alternative Christmas Market at John Wesley United Methodist Church

December 1 @ 9:00 am – December 2 @ 4:00 pm
john wesley united methodist church, 1689 Old St Augustine Rd 
Tallahassee, FL United States 
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Re-think gift giving this holiday season by supporting Big Bend Cares and other local non-profits at the John Wesley United Alternative Christmas Market! We will have an info booth set up with details on what resources your donation can provide to our community. Gifts may be chosen from any of the agencies participating and recorded on a shopping list. Beautiful, fair-traded handicrafts and tangible gifts supporting the agencies in the market are also available for purchase in our card and…

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Free HIV Testing at Empire Tattooz

December 1 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Empire Tattooz, 2041 W Pensacola St 
Tallahassee, FL 32303 United States 
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Know your status by receiving a free, confidential HIV test at Empire Tattooz (2041 W Pensacola St) starting at 12 pm. Open to all customers and the public!

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The 4th Annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Basketball Game

December 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Godby High School, 1717 West Tharpe St 
Tallahassee, FL 32303 United States 
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The Godby Lady Cougars Basketball Team presents the 4th Annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Game on December 1st

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Light Up Madison

December 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come find our Health Educators at Light Up Madison! They will have an awareness booth set up in honor of World AIDS Day.

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Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-2019

In a survey of more than 10,000 students identifying as LGBTQ+, the Human Rights Campaign found at least 40 percent said they didn’t feel their community accepted them. Steps have been made in recent years to create a more inclusive world, but LGBTQ+ students must still ensure any college they attend embraces these communities and works diligently to support them.

Keep reading to learn what to look for in prospective schools and see what an expert has to say on the subject.

LGBTQIA Scholarships – Empowering Students & Encouraging Equality


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Many organizations and foundations offer scholarship awards specifically for LGBTQIA students to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual students have the opportunity to pursue higher education. Some opportunities are exclusively for LGBTQIA students, while others may be open to ally and questioning students as well. These awards help students achieve their academic goals while also encouraging diversity and equality on college campuses. But these scholarships also empower students and foster equality on college campuses across the country. Find scholarships for LGBTQIA students and allies and get expert tips on how to increase your chances of winning an award through the Community for Accredited Online Schools.

Big Bend Cares raises money through Artopia

Tallahassee Democrat Published 5:14 p.m. ET June 26, 2017 | Updated 5:16 p.m. ET June 26, 2017

The auction is silent but the impact of Artopia 2017 is immense. Local and regional artists donate their artwork, including a few signed and numbered limited editions. Money raised from the annual event held at the Tucker Civic Center on Saturday benefits Big Bend Cares. The Tallahassee-based nonprofit 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.


Artist Torrey Ella, 20, crafts wire sculptures while attendees of Artopia 2017 file in and out of the venue. (Photo: CD Davidson-Hiers/ Democrat)

Thanks for supporting Artopia!

Thank you to everyone who donated art to Artopia, attended, or took art home with them! Artopia was a huge success, and we are so appreciative of everyone in our #BBCCommunity.

If you won an item, you should have received a text notification letting you know that your bid was the winner. If you did win and were not able to take it with you on Saturday, you are welcome to come by our office anytime during the week from 8-5 to pick it up. Call us if you have any questions or concerns!

Big Bend Cares

2201 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

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