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June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

I'm a volunteer, client, and donor @Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.). The organization provides comprehensive services to a large area in Riverside & San Bernardino counties, including medical, dental, counseling, advocacy, education, and housing. There are few organizations that match-up with respect to the quality and integrity of care offered under one roof. The staff at D.A.P. are professional, compassionate, and courteous, and my husband and I are proud to support the organization's efforts to help people with HIV/AIDS with our time, talent, and treasure. D.A.P. is a shining example of excellent non-profit care.

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

I've received medical services at D.A.P.

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

expand mental health services and drug addiction counseling to the high-risk pool of individuals in the Coachella Valley affected by addiction and depression. Also expand HEP C education...

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.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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