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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

40 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

My partner and I are very pleased to contribute both financial resources and volunteer time to this more than worthy cause. Efficient and concise mission that helps many folks in the Palm Springs community both HIV and those struggling with other diseases.

Donor

Rating: 5

Truly exemplary. Hard working & courteous staff treats all is very low income clients as though they were the most important. I love the work they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

An incredibly small organization that serves the community in a large way.

Donor

Rating: 5

A bare-bones and caring organization that gives the clients dignity to help themselves. Staff of 1.5 and lots of volunteers speaks volumes.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the finest charities I regularly (now about 15 year) contribute too. I have also been present at their distributions and see 1st hand how amazing and caring they are.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hi Mark--I received your email asking to give feedback--only happy to do so--! You and your team are amazing. I can't thank you enough for the countless hours and time you spend. I see and hear you everywhere promoting the good work you, your staff of 1 and all your volunteers perform. Amazing. Thank you.

Donor

Rating: 5

The organization is small but serves many in need of food. It is extremely well run by a paid staff of just two, enabling your donation to go that much farther.

They put on one of the major charity benefits of the year in the Coachella Valley.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We support a number of AIDS related charities here in the Palm Springs area. Each serves a very important purpose in the community.

What particularly impresses us, year after year, with AAP is the efficiency of their operation and the fact that so much of the donated funds to go the clients. Many charities have such high administrative costs that only a small portion of donated funds end up going to to those in need.

With a paid staff of two, AAP is able to use the majority of our donation where it is most needed...helping distribute vouchers to clients. It is miraclulous how two administrative staff people and a team of volunteers can serve so many in need. This is why we whole-heartedy support and salute AAP for their great work.

Donor

Rating: 5

The AIDS Assistance program is an important and valued organization in the greater Palm Springs area, and it is led by an outstanding Executive Director, Mark Anton. We are proud to support this organization.

Glenn Johnson

Donor

Rating: 5

The AAP does great job assisting the Palm Springs area.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support a lot of charities but none are as well managed and caring as AAP