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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

Wendy pretty much is the one-woman dynamo behind this foundation; with her unwavering enthusiasm, optimism, and energy, she provides a true example of making an impact at the grassroots level. Her life, and her foundation, exemplifies the concept of enriching community through the arts. As just one example, the annual "Hats for a Cause" event brings together any interested volunteers who work together to design, create and sell fleece hats. This is truly a group effort where members learn specific skills from each other and are inspired to create functional art pieces beyound their imaginings, and which is in itself community-building, and enriching in a life-changing way for many of the younger -- and older!-- members. The proceeds from the first years' event were sufficient to build and staff a safe house in Cambodia for battered women and their children, which is literally saving lives. That is powerful stuff.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Teaching skills to others, and seeing their confidence and self esteem bloom as a result of their experience with the group effort.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Experiencing the power of connecting with others to create, and to help improve the lives of others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

Artists for World Peace has greatly impacted hundreds here in the U.S. and around the world. Each winter, Artists for World Peace founder and executive director Wendy Black-Nasta coordinates a food and clothing drive to benefit a Native American reservation, raising a truck load of supplies and gifts for families. Also, through its fantastic "Children of Peace" project, Artists for World Peace has collected thousands of shoes for children in Ecuador and Brazil and has sponsored children in Haiti and China. Now, with the help of its dedicated volunteers and donors, Arists for World Peace is beginning a scholarship fund for children around the world. It has been a pleasure to volunteer for this foundation, and I am confident that it will continue to make the world a better, more peaceful place by helping one child at a time.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open orphanages in every country in the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

Artists for World Peace is a fun, supportive communiy of artists which challenges and channels my creative energies. I so enjoyed designing and making whimsical hats as well as watching people don them knowing that all my joy will materialize in help for others.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it encourages everyone to use her/his strengths and is appreciative of all levels of effort and participation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

Artists for World Peace is an organization that has affected the lives of thousands of people. Working with the foundation has had a huge impact on my life and if you ask anyone else who has worked with AFWP before, I guarantee they would say the same. The organization is proof that a huge difference can be made in the world by a small group of local people. Wendy Black-Nasta is the most amazing person I know. As the central heart and soul of AFWP she is able to bring people together all over the world. In the local community, she brings likeminded artists and volunteers right into her own home. On a larger scale, she has the ability to unite people in multiple countries with the International Peace Belt. Wendy’s devotion to the foundation, to children, to humanity, to peace, and to so much more is stronger than anything I have ever seen. Because of her, I truly believe that Artists for World Peace has the ability to conquer anything.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being part of something that truly makes a difference in the lives of many people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I have known Wendy Black Nasta for over 10 years and I watched her bring the organization from just an idea to reality. She gives heart and soul to Artist's For World Peace and the many entities it now supports and those that are in the works. She and the organization have touched and helped many lives and continues to work to promote Peace, Love and Understanding to all peoples.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping with the Annual Food and Clothing Drive.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I have been involved with the Peace-belt with my return to Vietnam in 2004. The honor of wearing it in a simple ceremony of hope, made an eternal impression on my life. I am sure anyone else that was present at any of the many celebrations have been equally touched. the artistry and simple truths of person to person and culture to culture to strive for more Peaceful solutions to humanities many challenges is truly a worldly need. The evolving needs of peaceful coexistence are better brought to awareness when coupled with the talents of the arts. "A great foundation organization" Many thanks, John Marcoulier, Myotouch Healing Arts

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Peaceful awareness of other cultures and respect for their peoples

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become better known and open more hearts and fill more needs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I THINK THIS ORGANIZATION HAS CHANGED LIVES. THE DEDICATION OF WENDY BLACK NASTA AND ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED SHOW THAT IT DOES TAKE A COMMUNITY TO MOVE MOUNTAINS........ ARTISTS FOR WORLD PEACE IS NATIONWIDE AND WELL KNOWN... THE PEACE BELT IS WORN AROUND THE WORLD AND DEMOSTRATES HOW WE ARE ALL ONE PEOPLE AND ONE NATION UNDER GOD...BLESSINGS AND LOVE AND LIGHT......... KANDY FESTA. REFLEXOLOGIST AND CAREGIVER

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

BY BEING A PART OF A FESTIVAL WHERE WENDY CAME AND THE BELT WAS WORN BY MANY MUSICIANS INTERESTED IN WORLD PEACE. IT WAS A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR ME.

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

NONE NEEDED

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

JUST TO BE INVOLVED MAKES ME FEEL LIKE IM A PART OF A MUCH BIGGER THING

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

TOTALLY DEDICATED TO PROMOTING WORLD PEACE.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

FEED FAMILIES, CLOTHE CHILDREN, BUILD HOMES.. HELP BATTERED WOMEN......... HELP NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS ETC..

Ways to make it better...

IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER......... IT WAS SO WELCOMED.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

ALWAYS MONEY FUNDING TO CONTINUE.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR ARTISTS FOR WORLD PEACE AND IF I LIVED CLOSER TO THE GROUP I WOULD BE MORE INVOLVED.....

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

Seeing and hearing about the lives that are directly affected by Artists for World Peace has changed my life. The 2009 Hats for a Cause Event sticks in my mind the most because of the progression. Artists' hands meet scraps of fabric, beautiful remnants, and even someone's favorite stuffed animal. At this point, peoples' lives were already changed, as they came together to learn, teach, and create. At the fundraising event, energy levels were high, and some wonderful connections were made as families came through to browse through our hats and make their donations to AFWP. This particular event raised money for local food banks. It was amazing to see how much food we loaded into trucks and vans to distribute to different food banks in CT.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

gaining a better quality of life. I've made great connections with many artists. It is amazing and inspiring to see what can be accomplished by a small, but always growing, group of passionate artists in a short amount of time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

Wendy Black-Nasta, the founder of and engine that powers Artists for World Peace, is a visionary who inspires people of all ages to channel their artistry as a force for good, one small step at a time. Wendy doesn't want to raise bazillions of dollars and then spend all her time managing that money. She has the ability to focus on small, doable projects. An example: Kids need shoes. Wendy heard/found out about kids in Ecuador who couldn't go to school because they didn't have shoes. She gathered artists who work in various media to design and build hats, which were sold at the first Hats for a Cause fundraiser, hosted by a local ice-cream shop. Wendy got the mayor to make an appearance, volunteers spread the word, and Artists for World Peace raised enough money to buy shoes for every kid who wanted to go to school. A gifted, successful artist herself, Wendy shows other artists how they can make positive changes for people whose lives are unbelievably difficult. In the process, she unites all kinds of people in the community and demonstrates the potential of grassroots activism.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Wendy’s ability to bring people together. Artists for World Peace feels more like a family than a foundation; I’ve met so many like-minded people, particularly young artists who go on to model the principle of “Do unto others.”

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

I have been involved with Artists for World Peace for the past three years; however, I have known the founder, Wendy Black-Nasta, for over 10 years. I was one of her devoted jewelry students as a teenager, and I gained so much from my relationship with her. I was thrilled when I returned home after graduating from college and was invited to the first "sewing session" of a new project for AFWP: Hats for a Cause. I have been a core member of this group since then, and have loved every minute of it. I love working on a creative project with other strong, fascinating women and being able to sell our products to raise money for such worthy causes as building a domestic violence safe house in Cambodia and providing scholarships for children in Brazil, as well as helping local shelters and food banks in our community. I have also helped AFWP with their food/clothing drives for the Rose Bud Reservation in South Dakota. Artists for World Peace is an amazing foundation. Wendy has the biggest heart of anyone I know, and she is determined to make the world a better place. It has been an honor for me to work with AFWP and be part of something much bigger than myself. I have also attended presentations on the Peace Belt, another phenomenal project of AFWP. The impact that the Peace Belt has had on the people of the countries it has traveled to is incredible. It is very inspiring to be part of something so powerful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life! It is so inspiring to work with a group of lively, intelligent, funny, caring women. Even though we range from in our teens to in our 60s, we have such an amazing time together making hats, sharing stories and learning from ecah other.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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