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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

I Love this charity. They do wonderful things for our LGBT community. Very compasionate and caring. Thank you for all the time and hard work you put into making this such a successful program. I appreciate you!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I see this organization in the local paper and doing various fundraising events year around and applaude their efforts to care for the citizens who are living with AIDS in the Palm Springs area.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched this organization grow from a small group of ladies who served 20 HIV/AIDS clients to an organization that now serves around 500 HIV/AIDS afflicted clients each month. They provide an important service from small humble offices and are frugal with donations. Their Director has invited me to help with voucher distributions and I must say that it humbles me.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been extremely proud to serve on the Board of this wonderful organization. With only 2 employees and scores of giving volunteers AAP gives a very large percentage out of every dollar received back to our nearly 500 clients. With the benevolent giving of so many in our community and the tireless and dedicated work of our volunteers we take it as a priviledge to be able to help so many and wish we could serve more.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with AAP since its creation. The organization is one of the finest in the country that I support. It is professional, and maintains great relationships with clients as well as the public. The operation is lean and sticks to the task at hand without a lot of fanfare and definitely without wasting money. Every dollar earned is used for the benefit of the clients.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am currently a Board Member for AAP and was formerly the Executive Director. I have spent 30 years managing non profits and AAP is by far the most efficient and effective charity I've seen. Completely driven by caring volunteers, AAP not only fills the needs of their clients but constantly strives to improve its program. I am proud to be counted among its supporters.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whether it is helping ditribute vouchers or stuff envelopes with invites for fundraisers I always feel good after helping this organization. They do so much with just the two employees they have, which means their operating costs . Their offices where we work at at clean, but minimal to say the least. A good organization run by a great staff and board.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through very difficult times the people at the AAP have helped me survive. Without their help, I would not eat. The staff and the volunteers are also always ready to hear about my troubles and my triumphs. I think they are an example of what a good charity is.

Gerry M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the four years, I have now spent in the Palm Springs area, I have found that AAP is by far the best program of it's type in the desert, in both assisting and educating the entire community.

John45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AP is simply the best organization that helps get food to HIV patients in need in the Palm Springs area . There the best!

Kerry H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AIDS Assistance Program helps out the most needy in the community with food, both with vouchers and a home delivery to those who can't make it to the office. This is all done with a team of very devoted volunteers and with a staff of only two. They are a pillar of the community and are a very well respected organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a homebound client of the AAP I want to share that for the Thanksgiving holiday I was delivered an abundance of good food including a large 14lb fresh turkey plus all of the fixings to go with it. the volunteers that deliver the food each other week are terriic people that are kind and compassionate to the clients situations. I appreciate what they do for me.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of AIDS Assistance Program since I moved to Palm springs 10 years ago and I am so grateful for all the work AIDS Assistance Program does for our community. I have seen first hand how AAP can impact a persons life. The Staff and volunteers are among the most caring and compassionate people I have met, treating everyone that comes through their doors with dignity and grace. I am proud to support such a wonderful organization

Advisor

Rating: 5

We have been so fortunate to work with such an incredible organization for the past 7 years. The work AAP does feeding so many of our local residents who have been afflicted with HIV/AIDS is astounding. Knowing how this organization started with just three women feeding those in need out of the back of a restaurant's kitchen and seeing how they have grown in the past 20 years is a true testiment to the dedication of everyone involved with the organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became familar with this organization two years ago as a friend from Los Angeles invited me to attend the organization's "Evening Under the Stars" where Mary Wilson of the Supremes was entertaining. During this event I purchased an auction item. A few days later I went to their offices to pick up my item and witnessed one of the employees comforting a lady who had stopped in apparently to inform them of the death of her son who was a client of the organization. The gentlemen that was their was so kind and caring to her, I overheard her saying "thank you for helping my son for the last 7 years, you made a difference". From then on I have been donating to them. I also saw them on the local CBS station and a month long segment of the good they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

Donor and Supporter.-The friendship of committed volunteers and dedicated leaders with one thing in mind, how to assist others.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent, consistent fundraisers that lead to financial stability for the charity and allow it to continue its good, practical work for the community affected with AIDS and HIV issues.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen hundreds in line on Tuesdays to receive their food vouchers.....it is amazing to see the relief on the clients faces....

Donor

Rating: 5

The concept of giving food vouchers to those with HIV and need assistance fills a valuable need in the community .

Donor

Rating: 5

We are "Silver Angel"Donors, and occasional event volunteers. (The Christmas Wreath auction, etc.) We also work on our own to solicit donations for AAP's "Evening Under the Stars" fund-raising auction. AAP is our "#1" charitable focus, primarily because donations go directly to people in need, rather than to pay outlandish salaries and high administrative costs!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy to be involved with AAP as a volunteer for many years and assist at many fundraisers and events in welcoming/greeting/hosting/seating.
I am also thrilled to promote AAP events thru my social newsletters, email blasts, facebook posts, at other shows and events I am involved with and throughout the community and area.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended their annual fundraising event, visited their headquarters and seen first-hand the hope and compassion they provide to those that they serve. AAP is a model within their category and an example of how to succeed on limited budgets with small staffing.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit! They are efficient and put their clients needs 1st. I plan to leave my estate to them so they can futther their mission as long as it is needed.

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I don't have a lot of money to contribute, I am careful with the funds I am able to donate. This organization has proven itself time and time again. Thier overhead is low, the clients seem to be appreicative and the kindness of the staff and volunteers is amazing. Truly a great place to put you money!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over 5 years now and think they are just great. The clients really appreciate the support. AIDS Assistance also besides food does nice things for their clients like collecting toys for the Holidayas and also gives them a holiday stocking filled with useful items that the clients cant afford. I give them the highest rating possible. A very good organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff and the volunteers of this group are shinging stars of our town. Ii've seen the CEO/Director out and about mingling and telling folks of their cause. I wish I had more money, i'd give it to them! I undertand they serve 500 people and hear they have about 170 waiting for services. How sad :-(

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the leanest and incredibly frugal non-profits i know of in Palm Springs. They have only 2 staff people that are paid and have a huge stafff of volunteers making sure that the donations go to the clients. I have seen the way the staff treats the clients and it is truly heartwarming. Kudos to AIDS Assistance for the good work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity helped me when I was down and out and had no food. The staff is great and what they do is important. They have no fancy offices and the 2 employees are frineldy, caring and warm. Palm Springs is a better place because of them. Thank you AIDS Assistance!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in raising funds for this amazing grassroots organization for 17 years. We perform drag shows to raise money for the AAP. Seems kind of silly to think that 6 guys need to get up in all that to make money, but this organization makes it all worth while. We have people existing on $600 a month. Tell me, how does that leave money for food? This is a vital need that is fulfilled by the AAP. They run on volunteers and just 2 paid people. It's run by love. And our joy is to make sure we can help to fill the coffers just a little more. I know many people who get this assistance and they are ever so grateful. $100 dollars a month goes a long way and fills a big need.