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21

Oct

What I’ve Learned

Time sure flies by… the three months that I’ve been working with UNTIL for the HIV/AIDS cause is now coming to an end. While working with the lovely staff of Until There’s A Cure, I discovered many differences between a Non-profit organization and what I knew from my earlier projects. In my past experience I was used to having to find appropriate solutions to the main problems the job focused on. But what if there is no final solution? At UNTIL I had to learn what it means to have a job where I can’t find the final solution because unfortunately there is not yet a way to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

So I had to learn that the little steps can make the huge difference. The more people that get involved with the cause and help spread the word to raise awareness is a step in the right direction. Just today we shipped buckets of bracelets to 28 Walgreens Stores across the US.

You can make a difference, too. There are many ways to support UNTIL and be involved. You can visit our online shop (www.utac.org/order) to buy one of our bracelets for yourself, your family and your friends. There is the classic silver cuff or maybe you like the new suede cuff, which we just got in this week. You can also sign up for our virtual volunteers program at http://www.utac.org/volunteer.shtml.

Every single step counts!

Until There’s A Cure

Philipp

13

Oct

Learning How Non-Profits Work

Hi there! I´m Bastian another German intern at Until There´s A Cure. Like my friends, Rebecca and Philipp, I study in Munich – sports event and media management. During my internship around Stanford and Silicon Valley I have the chance to work with Until There´s A Cure for four weeks. 

During my first two years in university I was taught to make money out of everything – investing a lot in marketing and good strategies. So it was kind of difficult for me to understand the way how a Non-Profit Organization like UNTIL works. After some meetings with the UNTIL team everything was more clear for me. We had a lot to discuss, to make the best out of it and go on – step by step.
Two weeks ago Rebecca, Philipp and I started to work on some guidelines to push the Until There´s A Cure Foundation and create some new designs. Right now I am working with our webmaster on the layout and the design for our new website www.until.org.You see, there is a lot to do at Until There´s A Cure. So why don´t you join us and have a great time - working in this team is great, you will see and learn a lot.


Hope to see you around the office,

Bastian 

10

Oct

A New Experience

My name is Rebecca and I´m a student from Germany. I´m from the same university as Philipp the Intern at Until There´s A Cure. Since the beginning of August, I have been here in California for an Internship around Stanford and the Silicon Valley. We had the chance to travel a lot on the weekends, because of this we learned a lot about the life, landscape and culture.  And I was able to spend the last couple of weeks working at Until There’s A Cure, also.

I never expected that I would work at an HIV/AIDS foundation and I have to say that it´s a great experience. Philipp is working on the Corporate Identity and branding of Until There´s A Cure, so I came in to help him a bit, because it´s always easier to work in a team than alone. At our first meeting with the UNTIL team we had a lot to discuss and now we have a lot of work to complete!

I’m really glad that I’ve had this opportunity to spend time here.  It´s so great to be here, everyone is so helpful and wants that I learn a lot at my experiences at Until There´s A Cure.  And while I am teaching them a bit about branding they are teaching me a lot about HIV/AIDS and, of course, the U.S.A!

Glad to be here,

Rebecca

To find out more about Until There’s A Cure or to purchase items to support the fight against HIV/AIDS, please visit www.until.org

04

Oct

These beautiful Red Beaded Pins are handmade by women in South Africa and proceeds from their sales help support the Topsy Foundation’s health care services for women and children living with HIV/AIDS.
You can purchase them on our site for $10 www.until.org

These beautiful Red Beaded Pins are handmade by women in South Africa and proceeds from their sales help support the Topsy Foundation’s health care services for women and children living with HIV/AIDS.

You can purchase them on our site for $10 www.until.org

Bringing A Marketing Students Perspective to UNTIL

There’s definitely more responsibility for the intern! Two weeks have gone by since my last blog, but we had a lot to do. The meeting with the whole team was a big effort itself.  I was even able to invite both of my roommates from Germany  to join the meeting, who are also marketing students, in order to get more “marketing brains” working for UNTIL.  (Thanks again to everyone who participated and brought in new ideas and thoughts!) I appreciated the inspiring atmosphere and teamwork.

The first goal, we came up with will be to strengthen the brand “UNTIL” and to promote uniqueness in order to make the Foundation even more powerful than it already is.  We hope you’re all excited about all the little changes on all our social media accounts coming up!

Besides our general thoughts, we still have the little every-day tasks, which need to get done. Because of the upcoming World AIDS Day on Dec. 1st, we are already running low of our Red Beaded Pins, so we just received a new delivery of them. Take a look at the picture and you might want to get one, too. If you want to support a cause, you’ll find our Red Beaded Pins (which sell for $10) as well as all our Bracelets in our shop at http://www.utac.org/order.shtml

 

From the Redwood City office,

Philipp

21

Sep

Visit our website!

20

Sep

Philipp continues to exercise his love of photography while exploring the west coast on the weekends. We love it!

Philipp continues to exercise his love of photography while exploring the west coast on the weekends. We love it!

Hard Work Pays Off; More Responsibility for the Intern!

As you may have noticed by now, I blog every Tuesday and Thursday. I’m honored to share my experiences of my daily work at UTAC with you. I love to let you participate in my experience as an intern at the foundation, as well as, in our every day fight to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS.

After working with this great team in Redwood City for over a month now, I think I have a good understanding of what our daily efforts are for. So it’s finally time to combine that knowledge with my outside view, experience and education! I’m proud to say that Nora, our Executive Director of Until There’s A Cure, is trusting me with running a meeting with the whole team - for an entire day! - to discuss how we can bundle our forces and brainstorm about new strategies to raise more awareness about the virus. I am optimistic that will have some really great ideas come out of the meeting. I’m already pretty excited about what it will look like. There’s just one drop of bitterness: You might not hear from me on time this week ;-)


If you have any thoughts or ideas on how we can reach as many people out there as possible, please leave a comment, call us or send us an email to info@utac.org.  We’re always looking for new and wonderful suggestions, and I would love to bring your ideas to the table while we have the whole team in one spot!

Until the next blog,
Philipp

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15

Sep

Philipp’s handiwork

Philipp’s handiwork

Even Taking Pictures, Makes a Difference

Maybe you’ve already seen the new items we added to our shop yesterday. This week, we got in a new color version of the scarf which is made from 100% Viscose in India. They are so soft and a great accessory to wear on a chilly evening. Even in summer. I’m happy that I was given the task to take some photos for our website. Although I have some experience in photographing people and landscapes, it turned out to be quite difficult to take a proper photograph of the two scarfs. First, I had to arrange them nicely, which didn’t take me long. But somehow the red color never came out naturally on the monitor, so it took me many tries to get a picture we could use on the website.

The other item we added recently is “The Star Thrower”. This little Starfish pin is handmade by women in South Africa. With the money gained from selling them, Until There’s A Cure supports “Our Fertile Ground” whose mission is to support communities affected by HIV/AIDS so you can be sure that your help gets to where it is needed.

I really enjoyed being the official UTAC photographer for the day.  Not only do I love photography, but it’s always a great feeling to have a tangible outcome at work so you can really see where your efforts are going.  A lot of my work at UTAC includes brainstorming and trying to come up with new ways to get people’s attention and raise awareness.  This is a hard task itself, but feels even more difficult when most of the time I can’t see exactly how my work is making a difference.


Just like The Star Thrower, I have to remember that every little bit makes a difference - at least to one person.  And I just have to keep reminding myself that.  But, for one day, it was nice to be able to have a tangible outcome from my efforts.

Make a difference every day,

Philipp