The ASN remains the sole community-based, non-profit organization in San Luis Obispo, Monterey Counties, and Santa Barbara that provides supportive services to residents living with HIV/AIDS, Hep C, and their loved ones. The agency strives to improve its clients’ quality of life and independence by providing support individually and meeting the unmet needs of our community members. Your support fuels the ASN’s mission of ending the HIV and Hep C epidemics, supporting people in their battle against HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C.

Monetary Donations

As a non-profit, the ASN greatly relies on the generosity of our community. Your gift/donation ensures that our community members living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C continue to receive life saving medical care and social services.

Become a Volunteer

From community outreach and testing events, to fundraisers, to daily office operations, there is a wide range of volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds!

Donate Items

Items such as fresh produce, toiletries, and personal care items are highly needed among our clients. See here for a current list of items we’re accepting and how to donate them.



The Access Support Network operates its own food pantry, which supplies clients with canned goods, dry goods, fresh produce, and toiletries. Since many of our clients live on minimal incomes, finding ways to stretch dollars is significant. With food from the pantry, clients do not have to spend as much at the grocery store each month.

Personal Food Drives

We have several volunteers who have developed their food drives for ASN. By contacting their friends, family members, club members, or church groups, they collect food independently as often as once a month and bring it to ASN. Some volunteers “charge admission” at social functions by asking their guests to bring an item of food for the ASN Food Pantry.

Food Drives

We are constantly in need of items to stock our pantry. You may see us in front of local grocery stores that host our Food Drives. If you do, please pick up a flyer and purchase a few items while shopping that will help replenish our inventory. We also need volunteers to help us distribute flyers during the drives!

Food Donations

You can always drop food off at the ASN office. See below for our list of items that are always in demand. Any items not on our list are gratefully accepted.



ASN provides various services with the assistance of our team of volunteers. Volunteer services cover several broad categories: Clerical Work, Client Services, Fundraising/Public Awareness, Grove Work, and areas of particular expertise. Volunteers come from all walks of life, teens to retirees, and can all supply clients with services that would be difficult to obtain otherwise.

Clerical Work:

Most of the volunteer work in this area revolves around the office. We use volunteers as office receptionists to assist us with projects, such as computer data entry, bulk mailings, general office organization, food requests, food pantry organization, and other related tasks.

Direct Client Services:

Volunteers assist clients in several ways. We can supply help with housekeeping, gardening, meal preparation, moving assistance, and transportation. We also provide clients with a “buddy,” someone who is available to talk on the phone, visit, share a meal or a cup of coffee, and generally be there to support the client.

Fundraising/Public Awareness:

This category covers volunteer involvement in special events such as walk-a-thons, Food Pantry Drives, and other community events. We also have a panel of speakers who go into the community to give first-hand accounts and presentations.

Grove Work:

Those who enjoy the outdoors, gardening, or landscaping may be interested in participating in our Grove Workdays. A team of volunteers meets at the Grove (located off Highway 1, in El Chorro Regional Park), performing duties including weeding, watering, digging, planting, mulching, trimming, etc. Grove Workdays are to be announced; don’t hesitate to contact ASN for more information. 

Specialized Areas

ASN provides practical assistance for clients, such as transportation to appointments, housekeeping, meal preparation or food delivery, and companionship. We have many volunteers with areas of expertise, such as massage therapy or legal assistance.

How to Become a Volunteer

Interested in volunteering with ASN? Complete our volunteer application so we can get to know you and your interests better! Our volunteer coordinator will contact you soon afterwards.



As a non-profit, the ASN greatly relies on the generosity of our community. Your gift/donation ensures that our community members living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C continue to receive life saving medical care and social services.