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LEARN ABOUT THE PROJECT MAKING A SPLASH IN THE PHOENIX LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY.
OUR MISSION & VISION
We flood our Phoenix LGBTQ+ Community with the love, tools, and information needed to reduce the impact of HIV in each of our lives – regardless of status.
We’ll keep creating focused, long-lasting ripples of awareness throughout the community until each person has access to a cure.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
We’re a back-to-grass-roots project created for our LGBTQ+ community to address today’s HIV virus through impact-focused splashes of awareness, action, love, and celebrations of sexual expression.
RipplePHX’s Team moves throughout the streets each week to empower our friends to create their own ripple by becoming informed, sharing the knowledge, and embracing at least one tool in the greater movement toward sexual health in our community.
SOME OF OUR PROUDEST MOMENTS
After leaving Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Jeremy Bright and Jason Jones decided to develop a new HIV outreach project that would be truly back-to-grassroots and from/for their community.
With the incredible support from Alphagraphics on University, Ariel launched as RipplePHX's first mobile outreach unit - able to roll through bars, festivals and more to bring tools and services to the community.
RipplePHX receives 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS.
RipplePHX was funded for it's first grant: a 5-Year Behavioral Intervention Grant from Arizona's Department of Health Services.
RipplePHX holds the first Mister and Miss RipplePHX Pageant with Phoenix Pride to give two individuals in the community a year-long platform to make an impact around HIV and to qualify for Mister and Miss Phoenix Pride.
"Ariella Grande" launches at Rainbows Festival and is RipplePHX's large, modular unit built for use at large festivals, street fairs and events. Built by 11th Monk3y.
RipplePHX debuts "The Ripplettes" to support and provide HIV outreach to local LGBTQ+ Sports Teams.
Andy Castano's cupcakes were awarded Best Cupcake at the Imperial Court of Arizona's Holiday Bake-Off!
RipplePHX Co-Founder, Jason Jones was named Leader of the Year from ECHO Magazine.
As a way to bring the community together for a large-scale HIV Testing and Fundraising Event, RipplePHX creates and launches it's first Carnival Event at Stacy's @ Melrose.
RipplePHX won 3rd Place Chili for our entry in the Cactus City Softball League's Marla Hooch Chili Cook-Off.
RipplePHX won 1st Place Salsa for our entry in the Cactus City Softball League's Marla Hooch Chili Cook-Off.
RipplePHX's Ariel Outreach Units win the American Academy of HIV Medicine's Technology in Health Care Award.
RipplePHX begins placing "Don't Quit, Do It!" Kits in Pharmacies to promote medication adherence and "Now, Later and Oh Snap!" Kits in Adult Bookstores to promote prevention, PrEP and PEP.
RipplePHX featured in ION Arizona Magazine for being "Fantastic FUNdraisers".
RipplePHX were awarded the FooManitarian Award during the Imperial Court of Arizona's Coronation.
RipplePHX received Phoenix Pride's Kirk Baxter Community Spirit Award!
RipplePHX's "Mexi-Mac" entry in the Imperial Court of Arizona's Macdown Contest snags a win!
A 2-day, Dia de los Muertos celebration is added to RipplePHX's annual Fall Carnival Events.
RipplePHX launches the Carny Takeover Program where other local organizations are invited to takeover our Carnival game tents to meet the community and also share in the Carnival proceeds.
RipplePHX's 3D Gingerbread House entry in the Imperial Court of Arizona's Holiday Baking Challenge snags a win!
RipplePHX was funded for a 1-Year, Educational Grant for it's "Lotería" Project through the National Library of Medicine.
RipplePHX and 8 Key Influencers from the Latinx Community kick-off their new weekly project: Lotería!
When Arizona's Governor put stay-at-home orders in place, RipplePHX's new Lotería project didn't miss a beat and moved from an in-person weekly event to an online virtual event where it would remain throughout the year.
Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, RipplePHX launches a new program called "RippleBriefs" - a weekly mailing sign-up where people can receive HIV information, Condoms of the Week, Medication Adherence Tools, At-Home HIV Test Kits and more!
RipplePHX receives ArizonaDrag.com's Award of Excellence for our contribution to the success of Drag in Arizona.
The RipplePHX Team acquires an old transit bus from a nursing home, guts it and remodels it with the help of Spectrum Medical and Gilead Sciences. The goal: to bring HIV testing services to people outside of Central Phoenix.
RipplePHX received Phoenix Pride's BJ Bud Community Spirit Award during their virtual online award presentation.
Jeremy is the Co-Founder and Chief Ripple Maker of RipplePHX. While Jeremy has volunteered for HIV organizations since the late 90’s, his professional background is in retail marketing, advertising and product development. He made the move to work for an HIV nonprofit in 2014 after his new partner was diagnosed with HIV and they couldn’t find resources that felt like a good fit for them. They were also overwhelmed by the amount of stigma still surrounding HIV and he wanted to put effort into positively affecting stigma and access to resources in their community.
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Originally from Tucson, Arizona, AJ is RipplePHX’s superstar Community Outreach Manager. AJ has an incredible “go-getter” spirit and is usually leading the charge with volunteers at outreach events and working with community partners. He has a huge passion for helping people struggling with homelessness and substance abuse while at-risk or living with HIV. You’ll often find AJ volunteering at local partner organizations in addition to his work with RipplePHX. He also organizes his own drive every year to hand out socks, clothes and food to Phoenix’s homeless community during the holidays.
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