Resolution For Clarmundo Sullivan From Assemblyman Kevin McCarty
On February 7 Golden Rule Services held its annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event. GRS was able to feed over 50 people, educate and hand out information on PrEP, needle exchange programs and HIV and STD prevention, and test 27 individuals for HIV. This is more testing conducted than any prior NBHAAD event! GRS Founder and Executive Director Clarmundo Sullivan was presented a resolution from Assemblyman McCarty in recognition of his lifelong dedication to ending justice disparities in the People of Color communities as well as his work in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Bolt hosted a "Diversity Day" fundraiser event on Feb. 17.
This year's recipient was Golden Rule Services. The purpose of the event was to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity within our community, raise awareness of the disproportionate rates of HIV in People of Color communities, and encourage patrons to know their HIV status. Patrons were provided free BBQ, drink specials, and opportunities to win one of the 20 donated raffle prizes. GRS provided attendees with free HIV and STD screenings. Nine individuals were tested. General donations, Jell-O shots and raffle tickets sales resulted in raising $375.
GRS Tables Outcomes Conference 2016 - Golden Rule Services hosting a PrEP information table at the "2016 Outcomes Conference" April 8-9, 2016. The goal of the conference was to educate medical providers on best practices in LGBT care and treatment, and build a broad community of LGBTQI and ally providers committed to understanding the needs of diverse patients and providing respectful and competent treatment.
Golden Rule Services is proud to once again have been a part of the NorCal AIDS Cycle raising much needed funds to support HIV/AIDS-related services within the inland Northern California region.
GRS Receives $20,000 from NCAC
On August 20, 2015, the NorCal AIDS Cycle (NCAC) distributed 74% of the monies their cyclists and crew raised, totaling $197,000! Golden Rule Services received a check for $20,000, which will help Golden Rule Services continue to provide a variety of free HIV prevention, education and testing services. The Golden Rule Services Team had its best NCAC team accomplishment to date with securing seven crew, three riders, one fundraiser and over $12,000 raised for the NCAC. Golden Rule doubled its team size, added three cyclists and almost tripled its fundraising amount from last year! The Executive Director challenged the Golden Rule Services to raise $10,000. If they met the challenged, he agreed to get into full drag for the first time in his life! As you can see from the photo, his team met the challenge!
GRS Recieves $1000 From CGNIE
At the 2015 Rainbow Festival, GRS Executive Director Clarmundo Sullivan was presented with a check from CGNIE (Sacramento's Imperial Court). Each year Rainbow Festival gives away several thousand dollars to local service organizations and nonprofits that help both the LGBT community, and the disenfranchised youth community.
January 11, 2017 - RN 17 50560 - MEMBER'S RESOLUTION
By the Honorable Kevin McCarty, 7th Assembly District;
Relative to commending CLARMUNDO S. SULLIVAN
WHEREAS, In tandem with the eleventh annual commemoration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, 2017, it is eminently appropriate to honor, with special public commendations, Clarmundo S. Sullivan, founder and Executive Director of award-winning Golden Rule Services, the nonprofit organization under whose auspices he worked to establish National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in 2007 together with the Honorable Mervyn Dymally, the late and much-esteemed former United States Congressman from California and Member of the California State Assembly; and
WHEREAS, Clarmundo Sullivan is a visionary longtime activist and leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the greater Sacramento community and beyond, whose boundless energy, compassion, and community engagement have informed not only his distinguished, HIV/AIDS-focused public health career, but also his far-reaching volunteer efforts with many minority-based organizations that seek to address health, education, economic, and criminal justice disparities that disproportionately affect people of color and the LGBTI community; and
WHEREAS, A native son of California, who was born and has lived for most of his life in Sacramento, Clarmundo excelled academically from his youth, earning an associate of arts degree with honors from City College of San Francisco, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work, magna cum laude, from San Francisco State University (SFSU), and a Master of Arts degree in Education, summa cum laude, from the University of California (UC), Davis, following which, he entered the field of public health, in which he has made numerous significant contributions across a broad spectrum of service areas with regard to HIV/AIDS; and
WHEREAS, Possessed of an impressive public service résumé whose entries commenced in 1991, Clarmundo has worked in a diversity of capacities which include, among others, as a community health outreach worker; an HIV/AIDS educator; an HIV/AIDS trainer for several prevention organizations; a research assistant for the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies African American Men's Health Project; a project coordinator for the SFSU Black Men's AIDS Study; a senior survey worker for UC San Francisco's Adolescent Peer Group Study; a UC Davis postgraduate researcher for Dr. Gregory Herek in various of his studies addressing sexual prejudice-related and HIV/AIDS-related stigma in the United States and the mental health consequences of hate crimes and victimization targeting lesbians and gay men; and an HIV/AIDS coordinator for the Greater Sacramento Urban League; and
WHEREAS, In January 2000, Clarmundo founded and became the Executive Director of Golden Rule Services in Sacramento, a nonprofit organization offering education and prevention services and HIV/AIDS-, STD-, and hepatitis C-related programs that focus on target populations whose members include, in addition to others, people of color, women, men who have sex with men, sex industry workers, and people living with HIV/AIDS; and
WHEREAS, Clarmundo Sullivan's tireless, consequential, and inspiring leadership of Golden Rule Services and the organization's successful provision of much-needed assistance to thousands of Sacramento residents in underserved, vulnerable, and high-risk communities have garnered numerous accolades, honors, and awards, including the 1999 Pendulum Community Service Award, Lambda Community Fund's 2005 Fighting AIDS Award, the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce's 2007 Public Service/Community Service Business of the Year Award, the California Wellness Foundation's 2012 Leadership Award, the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Community Center's 2014 Pride Award, and Commendatory Resolutions from the California State Assembly in 2005 and 2015; and
WHEREAS, For his steadfast commitment to and leadership of Golden Rule Services and his lifetime contributions to improving the well-being and quality of life for countless Californians, Clarmundo Sullivan is indeed deserving of admiration and praise; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED BY ASSEMBLY MEMBER KEVIN McCARTY, That Clarmundo S. Sullivan be applauded on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day for having worked together with the Honorable Mervyn Dymally to bring this important annual awareness event to fruition, commended for his exemplary record of personal, professional, and community accomplishments, and extended best wishes for the success of his indomitable efforts in the future.
Dated this 7th day of February, 2017.
Honorable Kevin McCarty, 7th Assembly District