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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 $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

110 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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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.