The NAMES project Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting AIDS awareness worldwide, is opening a chapter in Nashville.
Phil Michal Thomas and Robert Conley will launch the kick-off today at 7 p.m. at the Edgehill United Methodist Church. Thomas and Conley are working closely together with Nashville Cares, another organization devoted to AIDs education and outreach, and have been actively involved in bringing parts of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Nashville in the past.
The NAMES Project Foundation is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., and according to Thomas it is about to move its offices to Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
People who have lost family members and friends to the AIDS epidemic can make a quilt panel in memory of the victim and send it to the NAMES Project Foundation through local chapters, which add the panels to the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
The NAMES Project was founded in 1987. It not only displays the AIDS Memorial Quilt, but also implements HIV prevention education programs.