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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.