Get involved

The National AIDS Memorial can’t fight for a just future without you.

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. 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 take place March through October, every third Saturday, from 8:30AM - 12:30PM. To register, contact Steve Sagaser at


In addition to our eight regular Community Volunteer Workdays, we also hold eight ‘Special Workdays’ each year, one per month, typically on a weekday.

‘Special Workdays’ are held at the request of a corporate, community, or other group (such as a school or church), and must be approved in advance.  With corporate groups in particular, in order to help cover costs associated with a Special Workday, we ask that you consider sponsoring your Special Workday by making a donation to the National AIDS Memorial.

If you are interested in organizing and/or sponsoring a Special Workday, please send an email to Steve Sagaser at

Free golden gate park shuttle

The free Golden Gate Park Shuttle offers access to the National AIDS Memorial Grove and the eastern half of Golden Gate Park with stops along JFK Drive and at the Music Concourse.

The shuttle operates 7/days per week:

• Monday-Friday, 12 noon to 6pm

• Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, 9 am to 6pm

Learn more about the shuttle and access to Golden Gate Park here.

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.