AIDS Assistance Program

Rating: 4.99 stars   91 reviews

Issues: Food, Health, Human Services

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  

We are "Silver Angel"Donors, and occasional event volunteers. (The Christmas Wreath auction, etc.) We also work on our own to solicit donations for AAP's "Evening Under the Stars" fund-raising auction. AAP is our "#1" charitable focus, primarily because donations go directly to people in need, rather than to pay outlandish salaries and high administrative costs!

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Bread cast upon the waters is truly returned in kind. Our donor solicitations for auction items have resulted in strengthening our relationship with the people who provide those donations, much to our delight. We have also become good friends with many of the volunteer personnel-- including some of our most cherished relationships.

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

We would find even more ways to become involved with their good works.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am happy to be involved with AAP as a volunteer for many years and assist at many fundraisers and events in welcoming/greeting/hosting/seating.
I am also thrilled to promote AAP events thru my social newsletters, email blasts, facebook posts, at other shows and events I am involved with and throughout the community and area.


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Getting know so many wonderful people who are part of AAP, the board, the staff, the volunteers, the supporters, the guests, the honorees and knowing it helps so many people who are in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am happy to be involved with AAP as a volunteer for many years and assist at many fundraisers and events in welcoming/greeting/hosting/seating.
I am also thrilled to promote AAP events thru my social newsletters, email blasts, facebook posts, at other shows and events I am involved with and throughout the community and area.


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

Getting know so many wonderful people who are part of AAP, the board, the staff, the volunteers, the supporters, the guests, the honorees and knowing it helps so many people who are in need.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended their annual fundraising event, visited their headquarters and seen first-hand the hope and compassion they provide to those that they serve. AAP is a model within their category and an example of how to succeed on limited budgets with small staffing.

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I have seen the faces of those helped relax and a smile break out on their face.

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

Use AAP as a model and set up AAP chapters in all major markets

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great non-profit! They are efficient and put their clients needs 1st. I plan to leave my estate to them so they can futther their mission as long as it is needed.

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Watched how humane they treat their client base.

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

NOT A THING!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although I don't have a lot of money to contribute, I am careful with the funds I am able to donate. This organization has proven itself time and time again. Thier overhead is low, the clients seem to be appreicative and the kindness of the staff and volunteers is amazing. Truly a great place to put you money!

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Seeing how the folks are treated so well.

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

Contirbute more money and time to volunteer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for over 5 years now and think they are just great. The clients really appreciate the support. AIDS Assistance also besides food does nice things for their clients like collecting toys for the Holidayas and also gives them a holiday stocking filled with useful items that the clients cant afford. I give them the highest rating possible. A very good organization.

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I see how the clients react and really appreciate the good work they do.

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

help them get more financial support.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The staff and the volunteers of this group are shinging stars of our town. Ii've seen the CEO/Director out and about mingling and telling folks of their cause. I wish I had more money, i'd give it to them! I undertand they serve 500 people and hear they have about 170 waiting for services. How sad :-(

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

they feed 500 people with HIV/AIDS each month.Not

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Not a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of the leanest and incredibly frugal non-profits i know of in Palm Springs. They have only 2 staff people that are paid and have a huge stafff of volunteers making sure that the donations go to the clients. I have seen the way the staff treats the clients and it is truly heartwarming. Kudos to AIDS Assistance for the good work they do.

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I see how sincere they are--the staff works hard at garnering donations and host many events like a fun Holiday Wreath auction--last year I bought several wreaths.

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

Help them raise extra money.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity helped me when I was down and out and had no food. The staff is great and what they do is important. They have no fancy offices and the 2 employees are frineldy, caring and warm. Palm Springs is a better place because of them. Thank you AIDS Assistance!

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They supply me food voucher which I can use for food and personal products. AT Christmas time they give us a huge stocking full of toiletires and other things that make us feel important and human.

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

Find them more money.

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