Get involved

There are so many ways individuals, families, businesses and community groups can help support the work and mission of the National AIDS Memorial. Throughout the year we encourage support through our volunteer workdays in the Grove, Quilt making and Quilt displays, and helping out at various events throughout the country.

Here are some examples of where we need assistance.  Feel free to email us directly to learn more:

Community Volunteer Workdays in the Grove

Not only is the National AIDS Memorial a beautiful and sacred space, it is also a community of people who feel connected to it and each other. By participating in workdays and other activities, you become part of this community. Some of our volunteers came to pull weeds one workday and are still with us years—even decades later. Others came to mourn a friend and made new ones. Despite being a memorial, it is not a somber place. It is alive and growing and the workdays are lively.


Due to the current public health issue with COVID-19 and in line with the City of San Francisco Department of Public Health guidelines, Community Volunteer Workdays will not be held until further notice. As the health and safety of our volunteers is of the utmost importance, we feel this precautionary measure is necessary at this time.

We will keep this page updated as we approach each new month.

Thank you very much for your support of the Community Volunteer Workdays and please stay healthy and safe.

Make a Panel For The AIDS Memorial Quilt

You don’t have to be an artist or sewing expert to create a moving personal tribute remembering a life lost to AIDS. It’s not as complicated as many people think. It doesn’t matter if you use paint or fine needlework, iron-on transfers or hand made appliques, or even spray paint on a sheet; any remembrance is appropriate.

Direct Financial Support

As a non-profit which receives no government funding, the National AIDS Memorial must continuously seek financial support in any amount from individuals and organizations. There are campaigns throughout the year to achieve this but one need not wait for a formal request to make a donation on-line, by mail or in person. In addition, you might consider the National AIDS Memorial in your estate planning. Or, donate and make a permanent tribute by sponsoring a bench or boulder, engraving an individual name in the Circle of Friends or an organization or individual(s) name with message in the Healing, Hope or Remembrance Crescents.

Fundraising Events: There are also other opportunities during the year to join National AIDS Memorial fundraising activities:

Light in the Grove. By volunteering at our award winning annual gala on the eve of November 30, you become part of a very special evening that underwrites our annual World AIDS Day National Observance and raises funds for our various other core programs.

AIDS Walk San Francisco. Join our Team! For the last three years, ours has been the top fundraising team! The office provides support in writing emails to solicit contributions from family and friends. There are also performance based rewards. And there is the fun of walking with other volunteers at the event. 

Up Your Alley and Folsom Street Fairs. A consistent source of annual funding in exchange for the National AIDS Memorial providing volunteers to help staff the fairs. By simply serving as a volunteer, you help to maximize the amount of our grant. Contact Matt Kennedy at for more information.

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Our work helps ensure that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and the story of AIDS is known by future generations - so that never again will a community be harmed because of fear, silence, discrimination, or stigma.