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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a long time donor I want to spread the word that this organization is well run, well organized and we are pleased that because of an arrangement they have with a local grocer, our yearly $10,000.00 donation is actually stretched to $10,600.00. The charity has continually supplied supporting documentation that 106% of our funds actually reach those served directly. We could not be more pleased.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although tough times have fallen across the country, this small non-profit impresses me. With only two salaried people on staff they continue to carry on their mission. Many of the organizations I counsel throughout the US with a similar budget have 10-15 staff. I will continue to support this organization and pass on encouraging words.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

they do what others dont usually do give to many with just a few being paid to do the job Bravo

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

Dont really see that need

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I had the fortuitous opportunity to meet Mark Anton and ultimately work as the Entertainment Producer/Coordinator for AAP's 2013 Evening Under The Stars.

My experience was most remarkable and our Headliner Cyndi Lauper and her Management, Performers, and Crew can't stop calling and thanking us to for the positive experience we brought to them!

I look forward to my next experience with Mr. Anton and the AIDS Assistance Program!

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

I would just keep going in the same style and direction ---and hope that more of the population is made aware of the AIDS Assistance Program and everything it brings to this community.

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with AAP has been that of supporter and donor. I have been constantly amazed at what they are able to do with the sometimes limit resources they have. They are a true Gem in the community

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?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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.

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

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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