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  

I've had the pleasure and honor of working with AIDS Assistance Program as their publicist and graphic designer for more than five years, and it is very rewarding. The organization's board is dedicated, the staff works so hard, and the volunteers are simply amazing. It makes for a perfect combination that efficiently serves those in need. The public responds to AAP with love, and they support AAPs events and donor campaigns generously. The truth is in what the clients say about AAP, and they have said over and over again that it's a life-changing organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I handle public & media relations for AIDS Assistance Program, and I am continually impressed by what the organization accomplishes with a staff of only two and a dedicated cadre of volunteers. The local media really responds to news of AAPs programs and fundraising efforts because of their great reputation. I'm proud to be associated with AAP.

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

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with several non-profits over the years, and I'm quite proud to be associated with AIDS Assistance Program. They are lean, efficient, and they are focused on their mission. In a tough economy with so many worthy charities vying for support, it's gratifying to see AAPs fundraising events so well attended. People in this community are keen to support a community service organization like AAP that keeps its overhead low, and knows how to reward loyal and generous donors. AAPs strategy is to make it easy and pleasant to give, and it works.

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

I've personally seen how AAPs donors respond to our recent enhancements to the web site, which now makes it easier to contribute automatically or to purchase tickets to events.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would launch a campaign to promote safer-sex in the communities we serve. Currently, no other organization does much to educate the community regarding the realities of HIV transmission and prevention. Of course I'd have to also find a sponsor to underwrite such a campaign.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been so fortunate to work with such an incredible organization for the past 7 years. The work AAP does feeding so many of our local residents who have been afflicted with HIV/AIDS is astounding. Knowing how this organization started with just three women feeding those in need out of the back of a restaurant's kitchen and seeing how they have grown in the past 20 years is a true testiment to the dedication of everyone involved with the organization.

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

Through the various events that AAP holds throughout the year, I have come to know many of the supporters, donors and the staff. It always amazes me how much they do and how many people they help with only two staff members. They are on top of their game.

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

The primary change that I would like to see is to increase online donations as it is currently a largely untapped resource for AAP. We are currently developing new ways to make a difference and reach a larger base of potential donors.

 
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