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June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

I do the HIV testing and counseling. Started 14 years ago just volunteering my time drawing blood for the HIV Testing Program, I progressed up in to my current position about 6 years ago. I'm a retired RN, and the time I spend Volunteering for the Desert Aids Project has kept me active and engauged in my life. I have been a volunteer since I was 10, first in the Boy Scouts, Then in College with doing STD testing for the Board of Health, I did the STD test from the mid 70's to the Mid 80's then became interested in HIV testing and Counseling. Volunteer is ALWAYS a positive experience, no matter what you are doing it HELPS!!! For your body and your soul.

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

As a client, receiving services from The Desert AIDS Project, Medical Care, Legal Advice, Help with Medicare and MediCal, as well as ADAP. I have never had any issues with the services I've received, and always felt very respected.

Ways to make it better...

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

Some times I feel suggestions are not given the review that they could. I have personally made suggestion about research projects and programs that could be started at a minimal cost. But felt the programs were just dismissed because it was something someone would have to look into, or because "Well we've just never done that."

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

A little more recogniation, I know the Dinner in December is a big deal and cost some momey. But wouldn't hurt to hear from the powers that be, that what you are doing is helping save lives, and remember we are the first people that others see. So for the Average person, The DAP is that Volunteer that they are dealing with. Volunteer of the Month might be a nice gesture, doesn't cost anything, And would give others something to strive for. Also no matter what part of the DAP you are working in or Revivals, yes we should at least have some water available for us to drink, Soda is nice too, But not always available Just a thought.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Volunteering keeps me from focusing on me and my pain, Sometimes I have to drag my self to vounteer, but when I get there I start feeling better about myself. I know what my body needs and If I didn't volunteer for the DAP I would be volunteering somewhere else.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good for the most part, you do sometimes get nasty people and try as you might they are just not happy with anything you do or say. Volunteerign is very hard work. And can be quite stressful at times.

June 14, 2011

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June 14, 2011

I am very proud to serve as a member of the board of directors. The Desert AIDS Project (DAP) provides an amazing variety of critical services for more than 2,200 clients. With wholesale cuts to funding of programs, medication reiumbursement, education and prevention in the State of California, the DAP is truly the only resource thousands have; it's a lifeline.

As a volunteer I'm often moved to tears when I talk with clients who relate how they moved to Palm Springs to die from AIDS. They then found the DAP and came under our care. Now, five, ten or fifteen years later, these people who came to live out what they thought was the end of their lives, are now leading leading productive and vibrant lives.

No reward is greater than knowing the difference the DAP has made in the lives of so many. And there is great pride in the education and prevention efforts taking place every day, despite no government funding.

As a compassionate source of care and support, there is no organization or staff better than the Desert AIDS Project.

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

the tremendous positive impact it has had onthelives of those living with HIV/AIDS and those that benefit from the education, testing and prevention programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

wand to ensure that more people know about our services, including those that might be afraid to be tested, fearing that they might be HIV+. Everyone that is at risk should be tested. Knowledge is power and knowing your status will make a huge difference in your long-term health.

June 12, 2011

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June 12, 2011

I've volunteered at the DESERT AIDS PROJECT for nearly 8 years, since relocating to Palm Springs from Los Angeles. As an individual also living with long term HIV infection, I understand all to well the significance and importance of the varied social and medical services provided to those in need. Having some familiarity with similar organizations in larger urban areas (APLA in greater Los Angeles), I'm very glad to point out that the DESERT AIDS PROJECT is an exemplary, much lauded and well deserved plaudits for a non-profit of its nature. The agency has an extraordinarily well run, competent organizational structure, efficiently operated and with an outreach and advocacy programs that I have first hand witnessed to making and defining the difference between life and well-being vs sickness and mortality. Commitment, compassion and competent care seems to be the key motivation that emanates from within its' walls. I'm honored to be associated with it and feel a great deal of satisfaction and fulfillment to be part of "giving back to the community" which it so brilliantly serves.

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

Witnessing the transformation of frightened, un-informed and often ailing individuals back into healthy, pro-active, educated on the disease and involved-in-their-health- decision-making. people thanks to the assistance, counseling and guidance (both medically and psychologically) received by becoming clients of the Agency or even just from inquiring about services that are available. These have been literal "life-altering" experiences and encounters that I've both witnessed and even been a part of.

Ways to make it better...

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

Extend the hours to at least one weekend day (Saturday) with a minimal staff for medical emergencies. I might also make a few adjustments to the organizational flow chart to experiment with reporting structure in an effort to optimize efficiency. I would also advise the Board of Directors to re-direct more funding towards the Medical Clinic in an effort to improve that section of the overall operation and to expand the scope of clinic services and availability.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Increased efforts on improving Medical Clinic Operations

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Sharpened and kept intact skills already in possession of, particularly problem solving and disseminating important information by phone or in person. Provides constant opportunity to interact and assist people by having a position at the Agency's Front Desk Reception area, which is the first stop for nearly all visitors.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Helpful, fulfilling, the genuinely good feeling of knowing you made a significant difference in someone's life and well being. Camaraderie with both clients and full time employees of the Agency.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 10, 2011

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June 10, 2011

I have worked as a volunteer for DAP from 1994 to 2006, and 2010 until the present. I am so proud of my work and DAP's work. In 1994 most of my clients died within a year. Recently things are much better, but I have two clients in poor health and two not in great health. The support these client's are given is extremely important including medical, housing, and nutrition support. Without DAP or something quite like it, one of my clients would be homeless and dying.

For the first time since 1994 the medical staff is changing. I am hopeful for a easy transition.

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

13 years of professional volunteering.

Ways to make it better...

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

Put Governor Brown's revenue enhancements on the ballot to stop terrible cuts to programs.

June 9, 2011

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June 9, 2011

Desert AIDS Proect is committed to providing quality care to our patients, education and prevention services to the public, and much-needed advocacy work to ensure continued HIV/AIDS funding.

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

Making a difference in the lives of men, women and children living with HIV & AIDS many of whom live on $10,500 or less annually.

Ways to make it better...

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

Duplicate their efforts all over the country!

June 8, 2011

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June 8, 2011

The Desert Aids Project is so impressive. It should serve as a model for disease related non-profits the world over. DAP is a one stop shop where people at risk for contacting HIV/AIDS are offered education, testing, healthcare, prescription drugs, even housing and food and a variety of counseling services. I'd never seen or heard of anything like it until I took the tour. I enthusiastically recommend the tour to so many people.

The Great!

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

listening to friends and acquaintances tell me how they or their partners wouldn't be alive but for the Desert Aids Project.

Ways to make it better...

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

clone the staff.

November 16, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 16, 2010

I've been volunteering at DAP for nearly a decade. They provide incredible care to people with HIV/AIDS in the Palm Springs area. Their staff and volunteers are dedicated and sincere. I always think about what would happen to the people I love if it wasn't for DAP and it makes me all the more grateful for this organization

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I love seeing DAP bring new patients in each month. They continue to care for more and more people.

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

I wish more people helped DAP. They play such an important role in our community.

July 21, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
July 21, 2010
5 people found this review helpful

I've worked here for over a year and to date have had no annual review; there are numerous problems with this agency which have caused me to give my resignation. All of the "directors" should be let go and an entire new leadership brought in. The current leadership is more focused on media/public image than they are on the fundamentals of care for the clients or the rest of their employees. This is the worst place I have ever worked and the only way for it to get better is to totally revamp it with the focus on the clients, better treatment of the employees and a more balanced pay system. The Executive Director's salary is literally 10 times that of mine, and last year rather than taking a pay cut himself he laid people off.

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

my capacity as an employee

Ways to make it better...

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

Get rid of all the current leadership and bring in a whole new group of people that are really focused on the original mission.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

a few of my co-workers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

ok

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revamp everything and do some real good in the community

Ways to make it better...

I had been treated better by my direct supervisor

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

again, the leadership

One thing I'd also say is that...

nothing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 3, 2010
4 people found this review helpful

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Review from Guidestar
June 3, 2010
4 people found this review helpful

I recently was asked to leave the organization after I questeioned a form letter requesting re-certification for Ryan White Funding. I explained in a not so gentle manner that all documentation had been submitted a few weeks prior. I also pointed out that other than give referrals the agency has a hands off attitude in regard to all benefits for the most part. I also visited the clinic and was told by the dr :he did not like taking on new patients that I was lucky he was seeing me" This is just one example of many issues the community as a whole has for DAP. With the recent total loss of food voucher's, it seems the agency has outlived its usefulness. The management does no outreach, has ONE AA/substance abuse meeting per week, no peer advocacy (Law suit problem) As a man who has had HIV since 1985, I no longer use DAP, they have no services to offer me. I disagreed with a voice mail, asked to talk to someone about my grievances with no avail. I later received a certified letter telling me I was no longer welcome.

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

Services offered over the past 10 years, Health and case management

Ways to make it better...

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

I would first review the books and see where the money is going. I would like to see more volunteers in the agency. There needs to be some type of outreach for STD's, HEP C, HIV and most important drug abuse.. I would enlist the community instead of al

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

During the early years it held up to its meaning. The past few years It has become a cash cow for the folks who work there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I only know of one volunteer position at the front desk, possible when they had a food pantry,

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do a lot of good, like public education, a real food program. The entire point of the DAP at conception was to keep ALL service's under one roof.

Ways to make it better...

It had been handled in person, not over the phone, also I should have received some answers for the isssues I presented

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial choices

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really would like a copy of the DAPS budget, Mr See has not returned any phone calls, Today over a month later I get an email that refers me to this web site. I beleive that DAP was built as a model to the rest of the state, NO MORE

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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