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AIDs Resource Council

260 N. 5th Ave.

Suite D

Rome, GA 30165

Phone: (706) 290-9098
Fax: (706) 290-9019

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Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 10am - noon; 1pm - 5pm

.............Friday - Closed......

Email:

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Opportunities
  • Fundraising
  • Special events
  • Research/grant proposal writing
  • Web page updates
  • P.R. & marketing
  • General office support
  • Prevention education
  • Internships

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Making a difference
and
serving the community

We welcome the opportunity to talk with anyone who is interested in providing volunteer services for our organization.

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If you are interested in volunteering, please call us at 706-290-9098 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The AIDS Resource Council sponsors a support group for anyone living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The support group meets on the 4th Saturday of each month at 1pm at the AIDS Resource Council office.

For more information, please contact the AIDS Resource Council's office.

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Mission Statement
The AIDS Resource Council's mission is to educate the community about HIV/AIDS, provide free testing, and serve those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The AIDS Resource Council does not discriminate based on age, race, national or ethnic origin, color, sex, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.

Go to AIDS Resource Council's Frequently Asked Questions


How you can get involved with the ARC and the fight against AIDS

We invite you to volunteer with the AIDS Resource Council and to become a member of the AIDS Resource Council, as well. Annual memberships begin at $5, with checks payable to AIDS Resource Council. All member fees and donations are tax deductible. Of course, membership dues of more than $5 and donations of any amount are welcome.

Mail your name, mailing address, phone number and email address to us at AIDS Resource Council, 260 N. 5th Ave.  Suite D, Rome, GA 30161. You can also download our membership application (Word .doc download) and mail or fax it to the AIDS Resource Council office. AIDS Resource Council is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Personality Profile

Frank Tant, all-star volunteer, peer educator & board member


AIDS Resource Council volunteer battles AIDS by getting involved; Tant copes with HIV
by servicing others in part through the AIDS Resource Council.

By Noelle Brooks

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Diagnosed with HIV in 1988, Rome resident Frank Tant has found solace in volunteerism and in dedicating his life to HIV education and prevention. In this way, Tant has become one of the AIDS virus’s biggest combatants.

“I don’t want anyone else to have to sit down with their parents and tell them that they have a disease that will probably kill them before their parents die,” Tant said, who had a similar conversation with his own parents.

Tant’s need to raise awareness about AIDS has led to his involvement with the AIDS Resource Council. Tant has been a board member for eleven years, and works in the office as office manager.

Executive Director, Jeanne Cahill stated that “He’s very dependable and he’s certainly passionate about helping people infected with HIV.  He has said that the work he does in the office gives him a reason to get up in the morning.”

Tant also has a hand in creating fundraisers and coordinating a variety of services that the AIDS Resource Council provides. One such service is the AIDS Resource Council food program.  Client's in need of food are referred to the Rome Action Ministries food bank.  We also have a limited supply of food in our office for our clients in need. 

“If I had one word to describe Frank, I would use committed,” said John Rivest, friend and former Board President of AIDS Resource Council. “He’s extremely committed to the AIDS Resource Council and the work that he does.”

Taking HIV testing to the community


In addition to the food service, Tant facilitates HIV testing for the AIDS Resource Council, administering tests in the office Monday through Thursday of every week. He also does HIV testing at local schools and health fairs.

“We estimate that 30% of the people infected with HIV don’t know because they don’t get tested,” Tant said. “And getting tested is the only way to know.”

Tant grew up in Rome, Ga. and he worked as a real estate agent in 1979 as the youngest licensed realtor in Floyd County, he says.

“Being a kid, and the interest rates being the highest they had ever been….I only sold one house,” Tant said.

After his unsuccessful venture into real estate, Tant began working at restaurants in Atlanta in 1980, including a four-star restaurant named Carsley’s. Tant worked at Carsley’s from 1985 to 1987, moving up to general manager in 1986. It is here that one of Tant’s favorite national figures frequented.

“Coretta Scott King used to visit [this] restaurant,” Tant said, who named one of his two dogs Coretta after King. “She was an amazing woman…I thought the world of her.”

Tant moved to Key West just before Carsley’s closed in 1987, and began managing a restaurant called Coconuts. It is here that Tant met his partner, Bill Rennie. The two moved to Manhattan in June 1987 and in 1990, Tant lost Rennie to the HIV virus.

Paying the price

“Even though I knew he would [die], when he passed away in my arms, it was gut-wrenching,” Tant said.

Tant experienced another tragedy three years later when he suffered two strokes in 1993. These setbacks led to Tant’s eventual return to Rome in 1995 with his partner at the time, Steven Langone.

In 2002, Tant became a member of the AIDS Resource Concil, and began his work as an educator. This work involves Tant providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS education to various populations in Floyd County, including young people at the Bob Richards Regional Youth Detention Center.

“For me, the most rewarding part is the teaching,” Tant said. “I always wanted to be a teacher.”

This desire to teach was sparked in high school, when Tant realized that he had a knack for biology.

“It was one of those subjects I was good at,” Tant said. “And I had a high school biology teacher who was excellent…[and] made me want to teach.”

Despite his interest in becoming a biology teacher, his father convinced Tant to major in business at Stetson University. According to Tant’s father, teachers did not earn enough money.

“I did not enjoy it,” Tant said. “I was there for my freshman and sophomore year, majoring in business, which I hated, and dropped out.”

With the AIDS Resource Council, Tant finally has the opportunity to be an educator.

“Living with the disease as long as I have and losing as many people as I have, I have a unique perspective that can be used to guide them,” said Tant.

Peer counselor and educator


This first-hand experience dealing with HIV/AIDS, along with his formal training as a peer counselor, has uniquely equipped Tant to facilitate the AIDS Resource Council's support group.

“He does some counseling for those infected with HIV and are concerned about what the medicine does,” Cahill said. “He can also talk to them about the social aspects, that there shouldn’t be a stigma about it.”

The support group meets every 4th Saturday at 1pm at the AIDS Resource Council's office.  It provides an opportunity for those both infected with and affected by the HIV virus to discuss ways to cope with HIV/AIDS and the various obstacles that it creates. This support group is open to all individuals such as family members, friends, and loved ones.

“I don’t want to go into a support group with a particular agenda,” Tant said. “I want the meeting to be about what the group is feeling and issues they are dealing with at the time.  I am just there to facilitate it.”

Tant also works with the AIDS Alliance of Northwest Georgia in Carterville, which runs a program called THRIVE. THRIVE provides information on how to get financial assistance and instruction in safe sex practices, “to help people thrive with HIV, rather than just survive,” Tant said.

As a part of THRIVE, participants are divided into groups to discuss the formal presentations as well as their personal issues relating to AIDS. Tant helps lead one of the groups.

“It gives me a feeling of accomplishment that I give . . . something that can save lives,” Tant said. “And I enjoy public speaking . . . I’ve always been on stage.”