September 9, 2017
This article originally appeared on MassLive.com.
The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts, which for more than two decades has provided financial and emotional support for people with HIV/AIDS, held its final gathering and candlelight vigil on Friday at the South Congregational Church in Springfield.
Recently, the organization announced that it will close at the end of September.
A combination of declining corporate support due to a changing local economy and a change in public perception about HIV/AIDS as a critical health emergency has lessened donations over the last few years, according to Jessica Roncarati-Howe, a longtime volunteer, officer and past executive director.