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Nonprofit Overview

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

7 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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Very proud to serve on this small but mighty board as Vice-President. Our organization makes a difference in the lives we serve. We wish we could do more, but with limited funding we do the best we can. Consider making a donation today if you can, small or large, we are thankful for all.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Thomas15

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a honor for me to be a board member of Aids Assistance Program as a owner of a restaurant it is a great feeling that we feed people in need, AAP is not funded by the state we look at indivuals and companies to help us run our mission. so I have many thanks to wonderful indivuals in the Palm springs area. I hope that some one reading this review contacts Mark Anton at www.aidsassistance[rogram.com to donate to a wonderful agency. We hold our annual event called Evening under the stars this years entertainment is Cindy Lauper . it is the best non for profit event in the valley. I hope to see you there. Thanks Tony

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been extremely proud to serve on the Board of this wonderful organization. With only 2 employees and scores of giving volunteers AAP gives a very large percentage out of every dollar received back to our nearly 500 clients. With the benevolent giving of so many in our community and the tireless and dedicated work of our volunteers we take it as a priviledge to be able to help so many and wish we could serve more.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am currently a Board Member for AAP and was formerly the Executive Director. I have spent 30 years managing non profits and AAP is by far the most efficient and effective charity I've seen. Completely driven by caring volunteers, AAP not only fills the needs of their clients but constantly strives to improve its program. I am proud to be counted among its supporters.