AIDS Assistance Program

Rating: 4.99 stars   91 reviews

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Location: 1276 N. Palm Canyon Drive #108 Palm Springs CA 92262 USA

Mission: The AIDS Assistance Program, founded in 1991, supplements its client''s nutritional needs by distributing to them twice monthly food vouchers that are redeemable at local Stater Brothers Markets for food and hygiene products. A volunteer Board of Directors manages the AIDS Assistance Program. Our staff consists of;2 paid staff persons in modest offices in downtown Palm Springs. All the AAP's support personnel are drawn from a pool of dedicated and committed volunteers that are available on an on call basis. The Board of Directors" primary purpose is to raise the funds needed to oversee the administrative cost and our ongoing monthly food voucher expense of approximately $50,000.00 each and every month with no government assistance.. Currently we serve 500 individuals;each receiving $100.00 a month. We have a waiting list of nearly 200 clients which we would also love to serve.
Results: AIDS Assistance Program has returned over $8.5 Million dollars back into the community to those in need.
Target demographics: low-income men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 500 clients, with an unfortunate waiting list of over 160 persons,
Geographic areas served: Greater Palm Springs
Programs: Food Voucher services to low-income men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS.Any resident of The Greater Palm Springs with an annual income of less than $16,700.00 and living with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis qualifies to receive this paramount nutritional support. The organization does this at a cost of approximately $50,000.00 a month. Additionally the AIDS Assistance Program now offers benefits seminars and individual one on one counseling to HIV infected individuals that are considering a possible return to work due to their dramatically improved health, the result of new treatment regimes and other therapies.
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a radio talk show host here in the Coachella Valley for the last 5 years I have worked with many many charities here. Many charities here do excellent work--but the Aids Assistance Program has always stood out to me. The charity not only saves lives---it changes lives. Clients are treated with great respect and the volunteers do exceptional work. Many charities are top heavy in salaries and overhead--this is not the case here at all. Mark Anton the CEO makes sure that the money that fundraises bring in goes to client services. Currently there is a waiting list of people in need here--would be a wonderful blessing if this wonderful organization got the recognition they so deserve.

In closing and this comes from the heart I can't say enough about the work the Aids Assistance Program does---it is a most deserving organization for your recognition.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Terrific group that does so much to help people with AIDS here in the Palm Springs area. Very low overhead and efficient management. They're highly respected in the community and they do so much good.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with many organizations and never have I experienced the incredible ability of an executive director as we have in Mark Anton. Through his efforts and his assistant they have managed to raise an average of over $50,000 per month in order to supply food vouchers to to 500 HIV/Aids clients per month. The expenditures needed to run this organization are at an absolute minimum which allows us to use nearly all monies raised for our clients

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization bends over backward to provide services to their "clients" by giving nearly 83% of the money raised to the " clients". There are only 2 employees and yet must raise $50,000 a month in order to provide food and food vouchers for those with HIV/Aids

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have the privilege and the honor of contributing to AAP's efforts to help and serve its clients throughout the Coachella Valley. The dedication of the agency is overwhelming, thanks to its two employees and many volunteers. The impact of the food vouchers has touched many lives and the program is truly a humanitarian one. In these difficult economic times, the work of AAP has become even more crucial and the number of clients increases constantly. Without the excellent work of the agency, many clients would be forced to choose between paying rent or eating. Thank you AAP for all you do!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been involved with this organization for many years. Its cloth is woven with love, care and dedication on the part of its board, donors and volunteers. It functions with a minimal amount of money and provides excellent services to its clients. Their goal of providing food vouchers to the needy is only restricted by the amount of money they receive from the donors. It is a pleasure and an honor to support the efforts of this team of angels.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the monthly distribution of food vouchers and seeing how the clients of AAP truly "survive" with this support system.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to strive and work towards raising more money to then pass it on in form of vouchers to the AAP's clients.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is a privilege to be both a volunteer and a donor for the AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) who provides much needed services for the Coachella Valley HIV Community. Thank you AIDS Assistance Program for all your efforts & contributions. JeffB

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank You AIDS Assistance Program (Palm Springs, CA) for your enormous dedication and support for the HIV community – you’re the Best !

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AIDS Assistance Program making a difference in our HIV Community.

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Please donate to help continue AIDS Assistance Program's mission - Thank You. www.aidsassistance.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer and worked with the organization quite often. Beiing involved has shown me how fortunate I am and their volunteer coordinator, Jay Horwitz is truly amazing. I would volunteer anytime. I am at their offices for the food card distribution and can tell it makes a difference to the lives of many.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am involved with AAP because of the impact it has on the lives of those individuals and famlies who receive services. AAP is a catalyst in the community--bringing together diverse groups of people to respond to the nutitional needs of at risk people struggling with HIV/AIDS. With two full time employees, a large voluteer base and incredibly generous donors, AAP assists up to 500 people per month. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This wonderful organization serves a very needy segment of the Coachella Valley and the volunteers, staff and board are very minimal, so they work extremely hard to serve their approximately 500 clients. They are extremely hard working and are a great addition to the area. I'm proud to support them!

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A lot

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

AAP is one charity where 100% of its efforts go to serving the community. The volunteers and staff work tirelessly to assure that its clients receive the help that most desperately need. Kudos to this fantastic organization.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

AAP remains one of the most well run and well respected organizations in the Palm Springs area. When donating to this organization, you know your money is being put to good use in the immediate community. The staff does an amazing job organizing fundraising events and not only educating, but serving the needs of the community that need their services. I highly reccommend anyone thinking of giving their time or resources to an organization, to consider AAP to be on the top of their list. We are a close community of friends we all consider family here in Palm Springs. If each of us feels responsible for the person next to us, what a different world it would be. Thank you for considering AAP to be your choice to help. Kenny Jervis

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