Free Arts for Abused Children

Rating: 4.92 stars   60 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Philanthropy

Location: 5301 Beethoven Street, Suite 102 Los Angeles CA 90066 USA

Mission: Free Arts programs inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through innovative creative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers.
Results: In 2012, over 400 Free Arts volunteers donated nearly 14,000 hours of service in order to inspire hope in the lives of nearly 30,000 children at 28 partner agencies, which include: children's courthouses, residential care facilities, domestic violence shelters, low-income housing communities, and family resource centers.
Target demographics: Children who have faced abuse, neglect, poverty, and homelessness, as well as their families.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 28,079 children and 143 adults
Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles, including Orange County
Programs: Free Arts Day Program: Children have the opportunity to express themselves, experiment with new mediums, and engage in positive social interactions with adult volunteers at these art festivals. Weekly Volunteer Program: Children have the opportunity to explore in-depth a particular art medium or theme, develop relationships with consistent adult role models, and nurture a better sense of self during the course of a 10 to 20-week program. Courthouse Program: Children have the opportunity to experience relief from the anxiety of their circumstances through participation in volunteer-led arts and crafts projects while they wait for their court hearings. Parents and Children Together with Art (PACT) Program: Families have the opportunity to discover art as a vehicle to strengthen family bonds in a non-judgmental environment created by volunteers during an 8-week program.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Free Arts is amazing!!! I am a children's program coordinator for an emergency shelter for homeless families and they put together a wonderful week long summer camp for the children. Everyone is so genuine and passionate. I really enjoyed collaborating with Free Arts and the children absolutely felt the love and support. Thank you Free Arts!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The vibrancy and enthusiasm that the staff and volunteers of Free Arts evoke and the dedication to their mission to inspire hope in the lives of children is what makes this such a an amazing agency. It is rarely an easy task to engage kids who are generally distrustful of outsiders because of the negative experiences they have had in their short lives. Jorie Aldrich and her group of volunteers had absolutely no problem breaching that obstacle with the children at our Public Housing development. I am personally grateful to Free Arts and look forward to working with them again!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering at Free Arts for over a year and it's the best experience I've ever had. They give me all the support I need and being able to work with kids is a dream come true. I can't believe they do what they do with so little. Once I get a higher paying job I'm going to give more than my time!

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Rating: 5 stars  

AMAZING!!!!! This agency is so well equipped! They build such great rapport with the kids and are so full of life and energy! I am in awe watching them do their work and they are SUPERB at it! You can tell they are genuine in their care for the community, take the time to get to know the kids and area they are working in. FREE Arts was a HUGE success for our community because they are so authentic and can connect with our kids! Free Arts creates events that truly are life changing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Freet Arts has done an amazing job with providing services to our children here at our facility. The organization is very easy to communicate with with, and very open to any ideas and suggestions that I have. Volunteers show up to lead classes on time, with a positive attitude, and ready to make a difference in the lifes of other.

I do not know what our facility would do without Free Arts. Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had a wonderful experience working with Free Arts for Abused Children and it is a mission I am happy to financially commit to. They provide a wide variety of art services to many communities in Los Angeles and provide a service that is greatly needed.

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Rating: 4 stars  

hey in on probation am tryn to find me a place to do my community service at help me please

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help and just do what ever i can to help

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Free Arts did an amazing job providing services to our agency and we cannot wait to work with them again. They are truly changing the lives of thousands of kids and they are efficient and hard working. It is truly amazing how much impact they have with such a small staff and it is nothing short of extraordinary.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing at all.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks, Robert! We're so glad you had such a great experience!

Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I don't know what is wrong with the organization, but there has been a lot of turnover with the staff and leadership. I gave money at an event they had downtown and wanted to learn more and nobody called me to follow up. I tried reaching their director and was given the run-around. When I finally did make contact I spoke with a woman (forget her name but she had an accent) who didn't seem to know a thing about the whole organization. I would not donate again.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find out why their staff don't return phone calls.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work done by the staff and volunteers at Free Arts is amazing. I get so much when I give my time to this organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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