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August 7, 2012

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August 7, 2012

I worked as an intern this summer for Free Arts and am so thankful that I had the opportunity to learn and work with such compassionate, smart, creative, and dynamic people. Shauna, the executive director extraordinaire, made it a priority that I experienced as much of the non-profit world as possible by setting up a rotation with each department.

I was first placed with Lindsay, the Operations Coordinator and the heart of the office. She taught me the basic functions of a successful non-profit and really demonstrated how to manage the daily tasks in an organized manner.

I then moved into Programs where I was in charge of coordinating new volunteers and assisting with volunteer placement. I was also in constant communication with our wonderful partner agencies. I was so lucky to see the entire process of finding just the right volunteer for each agency and help create new connections. This was one of my favorite parts of the summer. Each agency I spoke with could not stop raving about our volunteers and innovative programs. I had the pleasure of facilitating a Free Arts Day during this rotation and was so filled with joy and fulfillment as I interacted with the children and really saw how art can motivate and inspire our clients.

My final rotation was with Development in which I was able to put my fundraising skills to use. I learned so my useful skills that I will definitely carry into my professional life; from writing proper formal requests to communicating with large businesses I was given the independence to learn in the most hands on way possible. I also helped secure auction items for our November 8th fundraiser ART HEALS! During this time, I was under the supervision of Audrey, the Development Director. She became my mentor this summer and a true role model for me.

Because we are such a small office, I was given the personal attention and opportunities for improvement and growth by the all of the staff. Audrey took time out of her incredibly busy schedule to teach vital interview skills. Shauna met with me regularly to improve my communication tactics. Free Arts' staff and volunteers exemplify dedication and constantly demonstrate how a non-profit should run. I could not have asked for a better experience! Everyday was such a rewarding experience and I hope to continue my involvement.

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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?

2012

January 25, 2012

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1 previous review
January 11, 2011

I came to Free Arts for Abused Children to volunteer a day and get a Disney day for free. Well, I didn’t get the Disney day, but what I found was an incredible organization that changed my life. Onc... more

January 25, 2012

I have nothing but good things to say about Free Arts. I’ve been associated with this organization for over 2 years and I’ve enjoyed every event I’ve attended. Annie, the Executive Director is simply awesome! She is an amazing leader and organizer. The rest of the staff gives nothing less than 110%. They give heart and soul in all they do. If there’s one organization I recommend you want get behind and support, this is it. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 11, 2011

I came to Free Arts for Abused Children to volunteer a day and get a Disney day for free. Well, I didn’t get the Disney day, but what I found was an incredible organization that changed my life. Once I experienced a Free Arts Day did I fully understand the power of how ‘art’ made a difference in a child’s life. What hooked me was seeing the smiling face of a child holding their art creation. If that doesn’t tug at your heart nothing will. Free Arts is a great organization with people who care!

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

I've seen the faces and felt the hugs of the children, who were so thrilled Free Arts visited them.

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

Why change something that isn't broken. They're doing everything in their power to be better than yesterday. That spells commitment and dedication.

May 24, 2011

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1 previous review
February 16, 2010

I have been a volunteer with Free Arts for about 8 years. They are an amazing organization. Free Arts days bring art projects into various children's charities - last Saturday we were in a residence f... more

May 24, 2011

It's still the most amazing organization ever. I have personally experienced over and over again the magic of bringing art to kids who need it.

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

The faces of the kids!!

Ways to make it better...

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

Have even more opportunities for volunteers!

February 16, 2010

I have been a volunteer with Free Arts for about 8 years. They are an amazing organization. Free Arts days bring art projects into various children's charities - last Saturday we were in a residence facility for 70 kids. These neglected children were so happy to have us there and happy to share their feelings through art. They got to be kids and they got to express themselves in a positive way!!

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

Seeing kids faces when they are able to create freely.

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

knowing that for one day (at least) they are able to be themselves and not face the abuse and neglect so many of them face.

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

lovely! The staff at Free Arts are great!!!

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

Do programs like the Free Arts Day on a weekly basis in all the different organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

The staff at Free Arts is beyond compare. Passionate, fair, and -- maybe most importantly -- patient! I've had the please of working with the team as a consultant, and would do so again without hesitation.

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

Participating in the training sessions and observing the care that is taken to ensure that all involved understand the program and their goals.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get creative in their use of various media outlets to help get the word out.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

As a donor I appreciate how the staff makes every dollar count. They work to find in-kind donors. They utilize every opportunity to find discounts and value in their purchases to serve these children. It's a tough economic time, as we all know, so I like how there is nothing frivolous about the staff, their offices, or the way they spend the limited amount of money that I can send. I trust that the donations I send are well used for the benefit of the children and families.

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

I attended a reception where the work of several young women who live in a residential facility and participated in a Free Arts project was shown. I saw their pride and self-esteem grow as fellow residents expressed their amazement at what the young artists had produced. This particular project helped not only the young women who participated in the project, but also benefited the in-house audience.

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

I don't know what I would do to change this organization, except find more money to enable them to provide more programs to help even more children and families.

January 29, 2011

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January 29, 2011

Free Arts plays an important role in the lives of families all across LA County. Their passionate staff and volunteers utilize creative ways to empower youth and their families through the artistic expression. I have been, and continue to be, inspired by the impact Free Arts has in the lives of so man; including the volunteers themselves.

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

the stories of so many individuals whose lives have been touched.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage more people to join the effort that this organization so diligently executes.

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

I'm just a average guy that enjoys art. I have watched on Facebook and through the media how this group has helped abused kids. I myself grew up in a abusive household. As a child I had no one to help me promote my emotions through art. This did not stop me from drawing my feelings on paper. I still today after 40 years paint and write. I personally think that art in any form is a perfect way for a child that has been abused or watched abuse in their home to express and release the pain that is inside. Free Arts for Abused Children is allowing this. They are #1 in my book.

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

I enjoy viewing the art work that is posted on facebook and through the media and the internet.

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

Give them all the resources that I had in my power if I was a elected official.

January 22, 2011

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January 22, 2011

I moved to Los Angeles 2 years ago looking for a way to connect with my community and heard about Free Arts. They looked at my talents and connected me with Venice Community Housing. They serve children below the poverty line who otherwise would not have access to after school programs. I taught Hip-Hop Yoga once a week to children ages 6-12. Free Arts coordinators where there for me every step of the way, inspiring me thorough volunteer newsletters, showing their support through emails and phone calls, and showing up to our end of the year performance with t-shirts for each child to take home. Free Arts is the most organized and dedicated non-profit I've ever worked for. Their passion for offering free arts programs to children who greatly benefit from having art in their lives is to be emulated. Free Arts is a community of compassionate, talented and caring individuals dedicated to making our world a better place.

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

connecting me with my community and sense of purpose.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing!

January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011

Having been on the founding board of Free Arts for Abused Children, FAAC, in 1977, and currently President Emeritus, I am in a unique position to proudly comment on the enormous success we have experienced and continue to experience for 34 years.

The number of children we have reached with
our programs during these 34 years and the hundreds of volunteers we have trained and placed in residential care facilities are amazing and heartwarming and successful beyond our dreams.

Our executive director and dedicated staff are superb. As a registered Art Therapist, I have participated in training our volunteers and establishing FAAC affiliates nationally in Phoenix, New York, and Minneapolis who follow our programs but have their own 501(c)(3).

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

its growth

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to make greater use of the professional expertise that is available to us, particularly as it relates to program development and growth

January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011

Having attended various Free Arts events, it is clear that the staff are so committed to the children and families they serve. As an artist myself, I can completely attest to the therapeutic effect that the visual arts can have. I firmly believe that the services that Free Arts provides is imperative to our community.

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

Seeing children receive services from Free Arts. I have also seen the results as reported at the Free Arts breakfast event and through videos that were shared by the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

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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

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Lead or facilitate a Free Arts Day, lead two sessions of a PACT (Parents and Children Together with art) Program, or lead 3 sessions of a Weekly Program. Volunteer