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AIDS Assistance Program

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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 $10.5 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: Hundreds of clients by supplementing their monthly nutrition needs.

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 $18,090.00 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

116 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

Have been donating to AAP for 16 years now. Although I am not a huge donor, I give what I can to this organization as they make the most of donated dollars. I also volunteer here and think their expanded outreach of helping anyone with a life threatening illness is very commendable.

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit really cares about the clients that they serve. The people that they help are vetted to ensure the donor's donations go to those who really need it. The also show real compassion for them too. I am impressed with them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Uncles Partner is in charge of this organization and I think it is terrific. Please support them in anyway you can with donations or time. They really work hard.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible organization with kind and caring people behind the helm. It amazes me what a paid staff of 1.5 people accomplish.

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love what you folks at AAP do. Looking forward to your Evening Under the Stars with Gladys Knight. Happy to support you again and happy to write this review for you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is "Lean and nice" --play on words..they help so many do so much good. I have watched the kindness and thoughtfulness for many years. Top Notch!

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the few "down home" charities that has small staff but with its large cadre of volunteers does a great job in serving the needs of the under-privledged and sick in the Desert. I donate my time and money to these folks and have done so now for over 8 years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization. Does great things for our small town and appreciates donors. Will continue to volunteer for them and donate.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing charity that still operates after 26 years of service to our Palm Springs community!

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

THANK You staff an volunteers for helping me stay healthy. God bless you all for all you do for me and the others in the area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GREAT People all in it for a great cause. The staff goes out of their way to help improve the lives of others. I was a past client and now have gotten on my feet. I could not have done it without the help of these really nice people and volunteers.

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that helps so many people who have so little. I have watched and volunteered all the things these great people in marvel...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An efficient and lovely group of people trying to help those not as lucky as the rest of us. I've held fundraisers for them and not only are they appreciative, but my home always looks like there was never an event. Total respect for their E.D.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of only three local groups I give my time and $ to. Small staff, basic no-frills offices and well thought of in the local community. Winners in my book.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group puts on fun events such as their signature "Evening Under the Stars" which raises awareness of the organization. Great cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well run with a distinct mission. These folks make $$$ go as far as possible. A treat to do biz with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've watched my dear friend Mark run this organization like a tight ship, but yet he beams with compassion for those who are not so lucky

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a client of A.A.P. an would not eat if it was not for them. I hold them up on a pedestal for all the kind ways they are to me

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've watched my son run this organization and he makes me so proud. As a kid he was more concerned with others 1st putting himself at the bottom. I have had the hoy of meeting some of the clients he helps and it makes me happy to see all the do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I take care of my older brother who had had full blown AIDS since 01989. At this point his liver and kidneys are shot, he can not fee himself etc. Because I can't work and take care of him, we depend on his voucher each month. A nice group of sincere people.

fedfrey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best programs we have ever worked with. A grass roots organization dedicated to feeding those with HIV that are not able to afford to entirely feed themselves. The organization runs with two paid employees and the remainder are volunteers which means a very large percent of donations go to feeding the clients. A great program with a great goal.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We became involved as donors in AAP about 5 years ago. As the years have passed, we have seen what a huge contribution this charity makes to the community. It is amazing that AAP operates with only two paid staffers and that the rest are volunteers. Because of this, almost all of the contributions are used for client services opposed to other charities that are burdened with high overhead which results in a low percentage of monies raised trickling down to those in need. We are proud to be involved with AAP and of the staffers and volunteers that make this organization work. We have pledged our full support to them so that these needed services may continue in the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Like my uncle Zach spoke in his reviewing about this group they have been helping me with food for a long time now and I would not be alive without there help. I am glad to tell any peoples who ask me about this group and the god things they help with.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been volunteering for AAP and other organizations since retirement. AAP is one of my favorites. They run a tight ship but care about the clientele at the same time. Wish more charities would do random drug testing to make sure the beneficiaries are truly the ones getting the help.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have heard great things about this organization from one my renters who along with her 2 children have been helped by these folks. I am impressed with the fact they only have 2 staff members. I recently sent them a small donation and the Executive Director took the time to write me a personal note. Very impressed he would do this for $25.00.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization and its leader Mark Anton for more than 5 years and each and every opportunity has been better than the last. He works tirelessly and his organization is dedicated to providing assistance to those afflicted with a dreaded disease. The Aids Assistance Program also provides hope on a daily basis while continuing to offer help on a long term basis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization from it's inception has been dedicated to providing meals and assistance to those afflicted with the HIV/Aids virus. No matter what the status of the person, this group has always been a source of hope and inspiration. The founders and the leadership they provided in the beginning is only surpassed by their present leader, Mark Anton. I have worked many of their fund raising events as an outside contractor and have seen first had the genuine care and concern given to each and every person associated with this organization. As a result of their great accomplishments, their enthusiastic leadership and their desire to help and provide for as many as possible I continue to be honored and graced to associated with the Aids Assistance Program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

The AAP does great job assisting the Palm Springs area.