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Causes: AIDS, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have helped my nephew now for about 9 years. He is a disabled vet living with AIDS and the food cards they give to him every month helps him stay alive and with dignity. I applause these people.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member with this organization now for 4 years and am in charge of vetting potential clients. I am proud to say that use a process that ensures all of our clients are truly in need of our services. It is important to us that donations are properly utilized at all times.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for this information and enjoy the camaraderie this organization shows to its volunteers and appreciate how the clients are put 1st and foremost. I will continue to do what I can for this special group of charitable people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that helps so many people who have so little. I have watched and volunteered all the things these great people in marvel...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of only three local groups I give my time and $ to. Small staff, basic no-frills offices and well thought of in the local community. Winners in my book.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well run with a distinct mission. These folks make $$$ go as far as possible. A treat to do biz with them.

fedfrey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best programs we have ever worked with. A grass roots organization dedicated to feeding those with HIV that are not able to afford to entirely feed themselves. The organization runs with two paid employees and the remainder are volunteers which means a very large percent of donations go to feeding the clients. A great program with a great goal.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

We became involved as donors in AAP about 5 years ago. As the years have passed, we have seen what a huge contribution this charity makes to the community. It is amazing that AAP operates with only two paid staffers and that the rest are volunteers. Because of this, almost all of the contributions are used for client services opposed to other charities that are burdened with high overhead which results in a low percentage of monies raised trickling down to those in need. We are proud to be involved with AAP and of the staffers and volunteers that make this organization work. We have pledged our full support to them so that these needed services may continue in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been volunteering for AAP and other organizations since retirement. AAP is one of my favorites. They run a tight ship but care about the clientele at the same time. Wish more charities would do random drug testing to make sure the beneficiaries are truly the ones getting the help.

BDBPS

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so thrilled and happy and excited to be a part of this wonderful organization. The caring managers and board of directors. Such a very small staff for a great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIDS Assistance Program is a much-needed and valuable organization in the Palm Springs area. AAP is headed by a talented and dedicated individual with a great group of volunteers who give time, energy and funds to the various events and functions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good group, solid and clear mission and always treated great. Been a volunteer there for over 7 years and will continue as my time allows. Seeing clients improve is worth it all.