Drawchange Inc

Rating: 4.91 stars   54 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 55304 % Jennie Lobato Atlanta GA 30308 USA

Mission: Drawchange is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to aid global change by supplying the world's children with art experiences. Together we can provide empowering programs that allow them to effectively visualize a better life for themselves.
Results: In 2011 we helped more than 1300 children expand their creativity. We have an ongoing program with a local homeless shelter where we help children express themselves through the use of art. We are taking our 3rd of 6th trip to Costa Rica this year. We take an average of 14 volunteer team members each year to hold art intensives with the children of Fatima School in Cartago, Costa Rica. In 2011 we started a program in Ethiopia. We will be returning yearly with empowering art programs at local children centers.
Target demographics: 5-10 year old children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1300 children +
Geographic areas served: Atlanta, Georgia, Ethiopia, Costa Rica
Programs: Art Beyond Borders-take volunteer groups on international volunteer projects. Local Art Workshops for underprivileged children. Produce an Empowering Literary Arts Magazine, "Let's Create!": http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/339359
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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2 people found this review helpful

Ever since I started volunteering with Drawchange I have looked forward to returning every week to spend more time with the children. Seeing their smiling faces lifts my spirits every time I go! I really enjoyed going to the mall with them to see their artwork on display. It is always a joy to connect with these kids and remind them that they matter, and what better way than to remind them than by celebrating them and their creative abilities in a public place. I'm so grateful that I can be a part of these children's lives, even if only for a short time. Thank you Drawchange!

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I have volunteered with Drawchange for 3 years now and can see the relationship going on for many more to come. I am not all that close to Atlanta and every endeavor requires a lot of time for me. I've helped plan and execute the first 5k, gone to Costa Rica twice (and am about to embark on my third trip) to help out the children of the Los Diques community at Fatima School, worked at a few homeless shelters in Atlanta and helped out with an incredible art auction downtown. I have invested a lot of time, money, travel and sweat into this organization and it's mission. I value my time above most things and would not have given all that I have were it not for the amazing founder of this organization, Jennie Lobato. Getting to know Jennie over the years, it struck me that it was almost impossible to have a conversation about anything without drawchange coming up. As I got to know her, I came to understand that it is because there is almost no separation between the two. She lives and breathes this organization and almost every decision she makes comes with it's impact on her organization coming first. Beyond her commitment, Jennie has proven herself to be a great leader possessing not just the vision for her creation but the ability to carry it out. She is clear in her directions, concise in her requests and always has the volunteers in mind, seconded only by her goals for the children's lives she impacts. Her inclusion is also way above par. Her organization is based on the impacts that art can have on children, BUT you do not have to be an artist to help. A fact that secured my help many times over as I am about as artistic as a chicken scratching for a bug in the dirt. If you have an inclination to make a tangible difference in the life of some children that need it the most, monetarily or by getting your hands dirty, drawchange is a more than worthy choice.

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The first time I volunteered at Drawchange, I noticed that most of the children eagerly express their feelings through the art. Their creativity has a language that portrays the way the see the world. Having the opportunity to connect with them is a blessing because by assisting them with their creative work, I am connecting with my own inner child. I am also impressed to see adults, as well as young volunteers. I enjoy being a part of such a beautiful cause.
--Yvette

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Volunteering with drawchange is the highlight of my week! Connecting with these children through art brings out the child in me, too. I am consistently affirmed and inspired by the projects we do together, and you can see a physical transformation in the students from when they enter the art room to when they leave at the end of the session. I believe whole heartedly that empowering artistic expression in these children helps them envision a brighter future: a future they are able to create for themselves, using their intrinsic strength, talent, and imagination. I love this organization, and have the utmost respect for its founder. She is on a mission to change the world, and it's an honor to pitch in.

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I have been involved with drawchange from its inception. I continue to be impressed with the commitment and compassion it brings to those it serves.

drawchange serves locally with art programs which reach out to underprivileged and homeless children bringing hope through possibility. It serves grieving children with art therapy that enables emotional expression and release.
drawchange also serves globally by taking art supplies, curriculum, food, supplies, and sustainable gardening to impoverished communities in third-world countries.

drawchange art programs are carefully designed to unlock a downtrodden child's imagination by guiding their own natural creativity. From there, a child can imagine a better world for him or herself. And if they can think it, they can make it happen.

I'm so impressed by this young organization. It's well run with a positive, can-do attitude.

I have served on a number of boards, and I have been more honored to be affiliated with an organization.

Keep up the awesome work, drawchange!

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Drawchange is an praiseworthy organization with true world peace at heart. Their CEO and founder, Jennie Lobato, is intensely committed to providing sustainable projects to children in our world. I have seen Jennie’s passion first-hand and am deeply moved by it. Personally, I am committed to donating to drawchange regularly to ensure they have the funds for success. There are many people in the world who can benefit from a moment in time of expressed creativity. Let’s give drawchange the chance to provide it this for our children and world!

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

Witnessing their Costa Rica presentation after their return of helping children there. It was very touching and inspiring. Jennie Lobato really has a huge heart for the organization.

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

I would love to see them everywhere I turn. The world needs them!

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As a Drawchange volunteer, I have been greatly touched by the inner beauty and resiliency of children who are dealing with extreme life challenges (poverty, abusive homes, homelessness, incarcerated parents, etc.). Jennie, the founder and facilitator of Drawchange, works incredibly hard to provide both a creative outlet and loving stability in the lives of these children.

Drawchange also helps to bridge a social gap between "us" and "them," providing opportunities not only for children, but for people in our community to connect together in positive, empowering ways, regardless of age or social and economic status. I love Drawchange and appreciate Jennie immensely for her powerful contribution to Atlanta, as well as to our collective world community.

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2015

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This is an incredible organization that does important work in our community. With the average age of the homeless being 9 years old, DrawChange focuses on empowering the ones who need it most, the youth. I've volunteered numerous times and walk away more inspired and motivated to make a lasting difference in our world. Thank you DrawChange for the impact you are making in our world.

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Drawchange is such an inspirational organization in providing smiles, laughter and compassion to not only the children, but the volunteers/staff, as well. I fell in love with Drawchange and its mission the first time I attended a fundraiser. I, then, found myself committed to sharing my free time at the shelter bringing my teens, whom also dedicate their time being creative with the children.
It is a pleasure to broadcast this wonderful organization! Louna C.

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I've been volunteering with drawchange for over 3 years. I've taken two trips with them to Costa Rica to volunteer at the Fatima school in Cartago. I've also volunteered at fundraisers, special events and local homeless shelters. All of the events are run professionally and always with the children's best interest at heart. Jennie Lobato, the founder of drawchange, has a genuine compassion for the children. She is selfless and passionate for what she does everyday. If we all had the courage to lead by her example the world would be a better place.

I am now sponsoring a child in Costa Rica and have been donating for over a year. I am very comfortable knowing the money is going to the children and toward their needs. drawchange has clearly communicated how my donation will be used and I believe the founder is very responsible in ensuring the donations are going to each sponsor child.

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I would like to see it grow so there is a larger reach and stronger impact.

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

Life-changing

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I volunteered with Drawchange last year in Costa Rica for a week at the Fatima school where we provided a creative outlet to the children. I was inspired by the effort and attention to detail the organization made. I saw the children being uplifted that week and their spirits a little brighter each day we were with them. The organization has nothing but good intentions and truly wants to make the world a better place for these children in need.

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

A lot

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2012

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The connection and empowerment that is poured into the children by creativity is astonishing. To watch the transformation of each individual by controlling the materials and freely using imagination is undeniably cathartic and therapeutic for these children. This program that Jennie facilitates undoubtably enhances each child's quality of life, outlook, and self-image.

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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?

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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