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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I served on this Board for three years some years ago.

This organization does a world of good for so many.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support a lot of charities but none are as well managed and caring as AAP

Donor

Rating: 5

AAP works at the most basic needs of its clients -- nutrition. With very little overhead and many great volunteers, I feel my money really makes a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

We feel strongly about supporting many charities in our area and while each organization has its hard working staff none stand out as Mark and Chris of AAP. These gentlemen are so committed to their beloved organization and are able to accomplish what takes other groups 3-4 times the number of people. The success of AAP is totally due to their efforts and the love for those they help.

BDBPS

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so thrilled and happy and excited to be a part of this wonderful organization. The caring managers and board of directors. Such a very small staff for a great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIDS Assistance Program is a much-needed and valuable organization in the Palm Springs area. AAP is headed by a talented and dedicated individual with a great group of volunteers who give time, energy and funds to the various events and functions.

Donor

Rating: 5

No director of any non-profit could be more dedicated than Mark Anton. (His partner, in turn, supports Mark's efforts wonderfully.) That is where the dedication begins. That is what makes those of us who give anxious to support this worthy and worthwhile cause.

Clark3

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the experience of attending Evening Under the Stars as a donor for several years now. It's a wonderful event but more importantly, I am impressed with how much of my donation goes to invaluable services provided by AAP. The event serves as a reminder that the AIDS crisis is not over and that many of those fighting this devastating disease still need our help -- that's something they get from the hard working staff and volunteers of the AIDS Assistance Program.

Casey Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

As an owner of an advertising agency I have had the pleasure of working with numerous charitable organizations and none have been run as efficiently and effectively as the AAP. I’m very impressed with the high percentage of funds that reaches those in need. I believe this is mostly due to the organizations streamlined operations…a small group of people that work tirelessly to not only raise money, but also to distribute those funds via dietary assistance to their clients. AAP’s imaginative fundraising events are elegant, polished yet fanciful…a perfect fit for the well healed and often extravagant Palm Springs community. Hats off to this very important organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

My personal experience is to witness the joy and hope that is given to those in need from the volunteers within the Aids Assistance Program.

The hard work and consistent follow through on every level within this organization is truly a comfort to not only those individuals in need, but to the donors.
These amazing results must start with the leadership and indeed it does.

The CEO Mark Anton and the AAP Board of Directors set an example of integrity, of doing when it may not be convenient, kindness, and simply put, hard work to ensure those in need are always put first.

Tim O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure and honor of working with AIDS Assistance Program as their publicist and graphic designer for more than five years, and it is very rewarding. The organization's board is dedicated, the staff works so hard, and the volunteers are simply amazing. It makes for a perfect combination that efficiently serves those in need. The public responds to AAP with love, and they support AAPs events and donor campaigns generously. The truth is in what the clients say about AAP, and they have said over and over again that it's a life-changing organization.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I handle public & media relations for AIDS Assistance Program, and I am continually impressed by what the organization accomplishes with a staff of only two and a dedicated cadre of volunteers. The local media really responds to news of AAPs programs and fundraising efforts because of their great reputation. I'm proud to be associated with AAP.

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gingerscloset

Donor

Rating: 5

i have never seen a more committed group of people devote so much of their personal time, effort and money to such a worthy cause on such a limited budget. Aides Assistance provides for so many to those that are so much in need. Even when we are not in town to attend the wonderful and entertaining productions and events (we wouldn't miss Dance for Life or Evening Under the Stars) we still participate with contributions. A much needed and appreciated charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A cause such as Aids Assistance could easily slip under the radar if it were not for the hard work that this specific group does. Clearly, the fund raising is constant, and probably exhausting, but the events are always well thought out and entertaining. We will always donate to this charity, even when we are unable to attend a specific function, because we know that Aids Assistance is essential for so many.

Donor

Rating: 5

We support many causes in the California valley communities and are in a position to compare them. The Aids Assistance Program offers support to those in need with a totally volunteer staff and only two paid office staff. Obviously, this permits them to make maximum use of contributed funds for their client base. The paid staff, unpaid board, and volunteers are always friendly, helpful and willing to listen to feedback from donors and clients. This is a first class organization worthy of support.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have worked with AAP for several years and appreciate the organization's detailed reporting on use of funds as well as the friendliness of the staff. They're one of the most effective organizations--out of the hundred we contribute to--we've ever encountered. Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund

Donor

Rating: 5

Those involved with Aid Asso. are the most giving and hard working people I know...By providing food to the needy, they keep whole families alive.....The volunteers are always on the move.The Revival stroes are always busy and stocked with great buys....Can't tell you how important Aids Aissistance is ti this communitty!!!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a radio talk show host here in the Coachella Valley for the last 5 years I have worked with many many charities here. Many charities here do excellent work--but the Aids Assistance Program has always stood out to me. The charity not only saves lives---it changes lives. Clients are treated with great respect and the volunteers do exceptional work. Many charities are top heavy in salaries and overhead--this is not the case here at all. Mark Anton the CEO makes sure that the money that fundraises bring in goes to client services. Currently there is a waiting list of people in need here--would be a wonderful blessing if this wonderful organization got the recognition they so deserve.

In closing and this comes from the heart I can't say enough about the work the Aids Assistance Program does---it is a most deserving organization for your recognition.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Terrific group that does so much to help people with AIDS here in the Palm Springs area. Very low overhead and efficient management. They're highly respected in the community and they do so much good.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with many organizations and never have I experienced the incredible ability of an executive director as we have in Mark Anton. Through his efforts and his assistant they have managed to raise an average of over $50,000 per month in order to supply food vouchers to to 500 HIV/Aids clients per month. The expenditures needed to run this organization are at an absolute minimum which allows us to use nearly all monies raised for our clients

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization bends over backward to provide services to their "clients" by giving nearly 83% of the money raised to the " clients". There are only 2 employees and yet must raise $50,000 a month in order to provide food and food vouchers for those with HIV/Aids

A happy donor

Donor

Rating: 5

We have the privilege and the honor of contributing to AAP's efforts to help and serve its clients throughout the Coachella Valley. The dedication of the agency is overwhelming, thanks to its two employees and many volunteers. The impact of the food vouchers has touched many lives and the program is truly a humanitarian one. In these difficult economic times, the work of AAP has become even more crucial and the number of clients increases constantly. Without the excellent work of the agency, many clients would be forced to choose between paying rent or eating. Thank you AAP for all you do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been involved with this organization for many years. Its cloth is woven with love, care and dedication on the part of its board, donors and volunteers. It functions with a minimal amount of money and provides excellent services to its clients. Their goal of providing food vouchers to the needy is only restricted by the amount of money they receive from the donors. It is a pleasure and an honor to support the efforts of this team of angels.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to be both a volunteer and a donor for the AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) who provides much needed services for the Coachella Valley HIV Community. Thank you AIDS Assistance Program for all your efforts & contributions. JeffB

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank You AIDS Assistance Program (Palm Springs, CA) for your enormous dedication and support for the HIV community – you’re the Best !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer and worked with the organization quite often. Beiing involved has shown me how fortunate I am and their volunteer coordinator, Jay Horwitz is truly amazing. I would volunteer anytime. I am at their offices for the food card distribution and can tell it makes a difference to the lives of many.

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Thomas15

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am involved with AAP because of the impact it has on the lives of those individuals and famlies who receive services. AAP is a catalyst in the community--bringing together diverse groups of people to respond to the nutitional needs of at risk people struggling with HIV/AIDS. With two full time employees, a large voluteer base and incredibly generous donors, AAP assists up to 500 people per month. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization serves a very needy segment of the Coachella Valley and the volunteers, staff and board are very minimal, so they work extremely hard to serve their approximately 500 clients. They are extremely hard working and are a great addition to the area. I'm proud to support them!

Donor

Rating: 5

AAP is one charity where 100% of its efforts go to serving the community. The volunteers and staff work tirelessly to assure that its clients receive the help that most desperately need. Kudos to this fantastic organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

AAP remains one of the most well run and well respected organizations in the Palm Springs area. When donating to this organization, you know your money is being put to good use in the immediate community. The staff does an amazing job organizing fundraising events and not only educating, but serving the needs of the community that need their services. I highly reccommend anyone thinking of giving their time or resources to an organization, to consider AAP to be on the top of their list. We are a close community of friends we all consider family here in Palm Springs. If each of us feels responsible for the person next to us, what a different world it would be. Thank you for considering AAP to be your choice to help. Kenny Jervis

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AID's assistance program is awesome. Having several friends that are helped by this organization, I can truly say they give endlessly. With an incredibly low administrative fee, they are able to give back to the community, what their donors would expect given back and more. Helping clients with their medications, scheduling, home services, rides to appointments and personal and pet supplies.....their generosity just does not end. Jim Brown

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a honor for me to be a board member of Aids Assistance Program as a owner of a restaurant it is a great feeling that we feed people in need, AAP is not funded by the state we look at indivuals and companies to help us run our mission. so I have many thanks to wonderful indivuals in the Palm springs area. I hope that some one reading this review contacts Mark Anton at www.aidsassistance[rogram.com to donate to a wonderful agency. We hold our annual event called Evening under the stars this years entertainment is Cindy Lauper . it is the best non for profit event in the valley. I hope to see you there. Thanks Tony

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good group, solid and clear mission and always treated great. Been a volunteer there for over 7 years and will continue as my time allows. Seeing clients improve is worth it all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a believer that animals help their human companions feel loved and needed, I make home cooked meals for the dog owner clients of AAP and nothing pleases me more. This organization is bare bones, performs a vital service to the community and does it in a respectful way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client with AAP for nearly 14 years. They are true humanitarians and kind to all they service. I wish I could somehow pay a nice deed back for them as they have sustained me with the ability to purchase the foods my doctor thinks are the best for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client with AAP since 2005. I am always treated with courtesy and diginity. They have helped me when no one else was able to. This is a good group that treats me very decently and that I do have a purposeful life. Thank you to Chris, Jay and Mark and all the volunteers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization helped my son prior to his death. I was estranged from my son because of my husband's belief's above homosexuality and didn't even know my had AIDS. He called me two years ago to tell me of his situation, and that one of the only reasons he was still alive was because of this organization. My son passed away this last January. The folks in charge of this group should be lauded for the compassion they show and for what they do. I wish so much I could turn back and make things right for my son. I will never forgive myself for allowing my son's homosexuality to be the cause of seperation. I am so thankful that this group was there for him. Bless them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a donor to this wonderful organization on two levels: 1) The program serves a very important purpose in the Coachella Valley. They supply food vouchers to over 500 people living with HIV/AIDS. This is so critical to people of all ages living with HIV/AIDS in that they need not worry where their next meal is coming from. 2) I believe this point to be even more important and why I am so happy to generously support AAP. The fact that two hard working individuals are the only two people on salary makes donated dollars go that much farther. Yes, thankfully, there are many volunteers to make this program function. But the fact that such a very large portion of my donation goes directly to the recipients of this charty really pleases me. Many charties spend so much on administrative costs that not much remains to be distributed to the recipients. All in all, with their major and smaller fund-raising events, I don't believe there to be a better run charity in the Palm Springs area. They will have my whole-hearted support for years to come.

Dave L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I am familiar with a number of charities, AAP stands out from the 'pack' primarily because of the passion that it's director and his very small staff share for doing a job that truly exceeds expectations. The efforts put forth in the many events they oversee are exceptional. Above all of this, they really make you feel your participation IS important and that you ARE appreciated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization runs on a staff of two and a team of volunteers to provide food services to 500 clients. They are a well respected operation that work hard to fund-raise for the $50K per month needed to provide food and food certificates to the men, women, and children affected & effected by HIV and AIDS.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with AAP has been that of supporter and donor. I have been constantly amazed at what they are able to do with the sometimes limit resources they have. They are a true Gem in the community