AVOL (AIDS Volunteers, Inc.) collaborates with communities to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and to empower those affected. AVOL was established in 1987 and incorporated in 1988. The first programs centered around providing burials of dignity and respect to those who died with AIDS in the Lexington area. Within a year, AVOL developed two additional focuses: the Speaker's Bureau, to provide education in order to prevent the spread of HIV; and the Companionship Program (currently the Caregiver Program), developed to bring both a sense of community and hope to those living with HIV and AIDS.
AVOL provides services to mostly low-income individuals and their families who are living with HIV and AIDS including housing assistance, utility assistance, transportation, food referrals, and support groups. AVOL's Housing Program operates two housing facilities, the Rainbow Apartments and Solomon House, that assists clients with permanent, transitional, and emergency solutions. AVOL's Volunteer Program supports client services, housing, fundraising, and administrative needs. AVOL's Prevention and Outreach program offers free testing at different locations throughout Lexington, HIV 101's,counseling, free condoms and safer sex materials.