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.

Workdays are returning to the Grove in 2021 but are limited in size as we fully re-launch the program in 2022. If you are interested in volunteering, please email us directly at

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. Learn more HERE.

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 the easiest way to support the memorial is through a direct on-line donation. We also accept donations by mail or in person.

We hope you will consider the National AIDS Memorial in your estate planning. We have a team of professionals available to assist in your planning.

You can make a permanent tribute of remembrance through an engraving on a bench or boulder or by engraving an individual name in the Circle of Friends, Artist Portal or Hemophilia Circle. Crescent engravings can include company names and phrases.


The National AIDS Memorial hosts several events throughout the year that provide partnership and volunteer opportunities:

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

December 1st World AIDS Day Observance. Held every December 1st, the National AIDS Memorial hosts a powerful observance that brings together leaders in the fight against AIDS with the community to address issues of importance. The event takes place in the Memorial Grove and is broadcast to a national audience.

June 5th Commemoration of First-Cases of AIDS Reported in the United States; Long-Term Survivors Day. The National AIDS Memorial hosts an observance of hope, healing and remembrance in the Memorial Grove to honor those lives lost to AIDS, the survivors and the heroes.

Please contact Oscar Fabian at to learn more about corporate/non-profit partnerships and collaboration with the memorial.

  Today, an estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States

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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.