June’s Dime in Time recipient: Inland Oasis
Inland Oasis is as diverse in its community representation as it is in its programming. Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, Inland Oasis has celebrated many milestones over the years. In 2008 Inland Oasis launched its HIV programs by providing free rapid HIV antibody testing to the public. For World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) each year, testing staff can be found on UI campus, providing up to 100 tests in less than eight hours. HIV services expanded in 2010 when Inland Oasis was awarded a contract to provide medical case management for low-income, HIV positive individuals in five counties. Since inception, hundreds of persons have benefited from these resources and community health has improved.
While donations are often used to maintain access to all Inland Oasis programming, Dime In Time funds will be specifically used to offset costs associated with providing HIV testing services to the general population. More prescriptive regulation of HIV testing guidelines (from a federal level) have not only reduced available funding but also the number of HIV test kits available each year.
This Co-op program is to benefit non-profit, non-sectarian and non-discriminatory organizations whose goals complement or support the Mission Statement of the Co-op.