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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

21 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.

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...

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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!

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.


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.

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.