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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

43 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

Have been donating to AAP for 16 years now. Although I am not a huge donor, I give what I can to this organization as they make the most of donated dollars. I also volunteer here and think their expanded outreach of helping anyone with a life threatening illness is very commendable.

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible organization with kind and caring people behind the helm. It amazes me what a paid staff of 1.5 people accomplish.

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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 few "down home" charities that has small staff but with its large cadre of volunteers does a great job in serving the needs of the under-privledged and sick in the Desert. I donate my time and money to these folks and have done so now for over 8 years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization. Does great things for our small town and appreciates donors. Will continue to volunteer for them and donate.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing charity that still operates after 26 years of service to our Palm Springs community!

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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

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

An incredibly small organization that serves the community in a large way.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hi Mark--I received your email asking to give feedback--only happy to do so--! You and your team are amazing. I can't thank you enough for the countless hours and time you spend. I see and hear you everywhere promoting the good work you, your staff of 1 and all your volunteers perform. Amazing. Thank you.

Donor

Rating: 5

The organization is small but serves many in need of food. It is extremely well run by a paid staff of just two, enabling your donation to go that much farther.

They put on one of the major charity benefits of the year in the Coachella Valley.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We support a number of AIDS related charities here in the Palm Springs area. Each serves a very important purpose in the community.

What particularly impresses us, year after year, with AAP is the efficiency of their operation and the fact that so much of the donated funds to go the clients. Many charities have such high administrative costs that only a small portion of donated funds end up going to to those in need.

With a paid staff of two, AAP is able to use the majority of our donation where it is most needed...helping distribute vouchers to clients. It is miraclulous how two administrative staff people and a team of volunteers can serve so many in need. This is why we whole-heartedy support and salute AAP for their great work.

Donor

Rating: 5

The AIDS Assistance program is an important and valued organization in the greater Palm Springs area, and it is led by an outstanding Executive Director, Mark Anton. We are proud to support this organization.

Glenn Johnson

Donor

Rating: 5

The AAP does great job assisting the Palm Springs area.

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.

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.

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