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February 15, 2010

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February 15, 2010

I can't begin to tell you what a difference this makes for these children. It gives them a place to be free and their art refelects that. You simply must see some of their work. It is amazing to see the incredibly beautiful work that they create. The people who run this organization have been some of the most honest and good hearted people I have ever come across!!! Keep up all the great work!!!

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

Seeing the happiness that the people have experienced in receiving their art

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

It has helped raise awareness to these children

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

Honest, Hard working, passionate and loving

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

Get more children to be able to experience the happiness of creating art, and at the same time healing their young lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 14, 2010

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February 14, 2010

Free Arts for Abused Children has given me 15 years of involvement with the most rewarding, wonderful, and dedicated organization. I am truly grateful to the staff and our partner agencies for all their hard work for such a worthwhile cause. ART HEALS!

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

the flexibility of the volunteering opportunities

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

wonderful people of all ages

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

Expand its programs to all agencies in LA to serve all children who would benefit

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 13, 2010

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February 13, 2010

I volunteered with Free Arts for almost 2yrs. What made me continue to come back year after year was their unique approach to helping children and families. Free Arts is committed is empowering individuals through creative expression. The team works tirelessly to provide a wide variety of programs. I have enjoyed my time with Free Arts immensely. I believe what they provide is a transformative experience for every person involved.

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

I had the privileged of being able to interact through art with many families. The experience was both rewarding and challenging. Free Arts provided me with the encouragement and support to help me get the most out of the experience.

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

Being able to see others relate to art with joy. Also being witness to people tapping into their own creative process.

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

People whom exhibited a real love and devotion to the cause.

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

Expand the programs!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 13, 2010

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February 13, 2010

Free Arts is an amazing organization that helps children and families heal and grow through art. They are a great team of people who genuinely care and are passionate about what they do.

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

help the families of this country on a grass roots level by helping them learn to connect, to heal, to express emotion with art they can do individually or together.

Ways to make it better...

we could have given them more!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

My experience with Free Arts has been nothing but positive! From that first volunteer meeting the staff welcomed me with open arms and continues to keep me up to date and informed on what is going on each month. I am so fortunate to be a volunteer and be given the opportunity to visit the different facilities; To provide support and encourage a creative outlet for these children. Not only can you see a shift in thses kids in just a matter of an hour or two, you see amazing creativity and artwork flow out of them. This is a wonderful organization! ART HEALS!!

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

reach out to even more facilities and more children; offer even more kids the opportunity to express themselves through creative outlets!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

We have received amazing responses from the children with whom we volunteer our love and art that transform them into creative, positive enthusiastic participants. These children who have suffered abuse and who are responding to us,Free Arts Volunteers...first with trepedations and then with full abandonment when shown ways to express themselves on a canvas with things that often are too primitive for words. Free Arts For Abused Children's two-word philosophy "Art Heals" does work.

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

many ways since 1977 when we started as the number of children we reach yearly has grown to more than 27,889 children reached last year with the help of 588 volunteers working in 40 partner agencies.

Ways to make it better...

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

hire more staff to be able to train, place and supervise the volunteers for which the need is growing.

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

seeing the amazing results as these children are able to express themselves through the arts.

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

superb and dedicated.

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

train more volunteers with larger staff, get larger office space and supervise our volunteers at all the facilities at which they are working.

Ways to make it better...

we had the funds to enlarge our staff to accommodate the many new requests for our volunteers and more training sessions by our professional advisory board.

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

..larger space perhaps donated.

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

all our volunteers (myself included) are so fully committed to our work, that we are always enthusiastically sharing the amazing results with new people we are always bringing into the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

Free Arts for Abused Children is a heart-warming organization! I believe they consider me their oldest volunteer, although this has nothing to do with age, because after 10+ years of volunteering, the “giving” exchange keeps me young at heart. I’ve always been drawn to the arts and empowering children in need. It’s very fulfilling to engage with children and simultaneously witness the healing power of the arts. Their stories are all different, whether they have been abused, homeless or at-risk. Yet, one thing they do have in common is their yearning to be recognized and valued. I believe the art programs and ultimately, the free-exchange with an encouraging adult volunteer can be very uplifting. It provides a little hope to their lives, because they are exposed to genuine people who are willing to give their time, just because. My experience includes participating in their Free Arts Days, a mini art festival that provides flexibility for volunteers who can only volunteer during the weekend. It’s a full day of fun based on a creative theme! I’ve also participated in a weekly volunteer program. This provided me a hands-on experience with a group of children whose parents were utilizing recovery-oriented services, aiming to live a sober life. In particular, teaching an art class once a week for 10-weeks was wonderful! I had the joy of coming up with my own art-based curriculum and the consistency of teaching an art class to the same group of children. Hopefully, being positive was contagious and that they learned how to create artwork from recycled products! Lastly, I’ve sat it on some meetings for key volunteers led by the Free Arts staff and they were pro-active enough to inquire about our feedback on how to improve their programs, protocols, staff interaction, etc. Overall, I support Free Arts philosophy that “ART HEALS!”

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

provide thousands of children and families throughout Los Angeles and Orange County the positive benefits of their arts programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

Free Arts for Abused Children is a great organization for not only the deep, positive impact it makes on thousands of children a year but by bringing together hundreds of volunteers so that they can gain a better understanding of their society/culture/city. Free Arts reaches over 25,000 children a year. They bring art into their lives - art can be a tool to express oneself or build self-esteem or bring pleasure or create bonds with others. It's so far-reaching in ways that are intangible. But based on the stories that we hear from our participants, bringing art to children in-need is crucial.

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

How it brings volunteers from all walks of life together with children who have been neglected or abused. I love the idea of creating a community where both sides can build a better understanding of possibilities and hope.

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

The volunteers are simply amazing. The creativity, the positive energy, the enthusiasm, the time, the compassion is truly overwhelming and inspiring.

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

Create a model that could be replicated in many cities around the United States. Currently there are affiliates in New York, Arizona and Minnesota but they operate independently from each other.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

This is an amazing organization filled with dedicated volunteers and a small paid (really underpaid) staff. I have seen children and teens respond to Free Arts activities with amazement. They have asked, "Why are you doing all this for us if you aren't being paid?" They are clearly surprised that we like working with them through many art forms. One teen mother was able to begin connecting with her 4 year old son through the Free Arts activities and she told us that she never had a chance to 'play and create' in her own childhood.

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

a thousand ways - one boy had shaved his eyebrows in preparation for committing suicide. He became so enthralled with the drama experiences that, according to the staff, he found he was really glad to be alive.

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

observing the transformation of kids who didn't want to participate but joined in regardless - the transformation in a matter of hours is astounding.

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

mostly terrific. The current Executive Director is excellent and tireless. She inspires so many staff members and volunteers to 'be their best!'

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

help to heal thousands of young people who have been abused. They could express where they have been and where they hope to go through the arts because the arts truly facilitate healing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

I've been a Free Arts volunteer and donor for more than 10 years. I obviously enjoy working with the kids, but Free Arts also has a great group of volunteers and community supporters. Their execution of such a simple mission makes such a major difference for our community.

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

watching kids faces light up and transform

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

working with kids and meeting other volunteers

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

AMAZING!

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

impact the lives of even more children!

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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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