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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

8 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.

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a long time donor I want to spread the word that this organization is well run, well organized and we are pleased that because of an arrangement they have with a local grocer, our yearly $10,000.00 donation is actually stretched to $10,600.00. The charity has continually supplied supporting documentation that 106% of our funds actually reach those served directly. We could not be more pleased.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Although tough times have fallen across the country, this small non-profit impresses me. With only two salaried people on staff they continue to carry on their mission. Many of the organizations I counsel throughout the US with a similar budget have 10-15 staff. I will continue to support this organization and pass on encouraging words.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

they do what others dont usually do give to many with just a few being paid to do the job Bravo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the fortuitous opportunity to meet Mark Anton and ultimately work as the Entertainment Producer/Coordinator for AAP's 2013 Evening Under The Stars.

My experience was most remarkable and our Headliner Cyndi Lauper and her Management, Performers, and Crew can't stop calling and thanking us to for the positive experience we brought to them!

I look forward to my next experience with Mr. Anton and the AIDS Assistance Program!

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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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

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.