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January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011

The enthusiasm Annie, Kara, and the rest of the Free Arts for Abused Children team has is overwhelming. My experience at the 2010 Free Arts breakfast was eye-opening and made me realize the widespread impact Free Arts has had on the local Los Angeles community.

Free Arts has affected the
lives of thousands of individuals, but has an even greater impact on the community as a whole. Through educational art outreach programs, Free Arts has made it clear that the cycle of child abuse can be broken through compassion and positive adult interaction.

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

Through the volunteer orientation I realized the reputation of Free Arts speaks for itself. They are a force in the community and take a holistic approach to addressing the needs of children in LA (and surrounding counties.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the geographic areas they serve. They could use more resources from the community to make a lasting impact.

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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?

2010

January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011

Free Arts is providing a much needed opportunity for at risk youth and families to learn to express themselves in a healthy way and turn to art as an outlet. Every member of the Free Arts team that I have had the pleasure of meeting has truly had a place in their hearts for the individuals they are reaching out to. With the arts being slowly taken out of the classroom, it's essential that there are people like those at Free Arts who bring creativity and the emotional release of art to those who need it most. It's a beautiful experience, working with the children, and inspiring to witness their excitement and the confidence that begins to show as they feel pride in their projects.

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

... working with the children on a Free Arts volunteer day and seeing for myself just how great the impact is on them.

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

I would give them millions of dollars to help them grow, if I could!

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

Freearts doesn't only provide children with safe and alternative programs that allows them to escape the turbulance that often surrounds them, but gives them the ability to create art which frees their minds and arts inspiring them to create a brighter future for themselves.

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

The superhero arts day that I attended was a success and filled me with absolute joy because the children had such a blast and used their artistic sides to have fun!

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

not change a thing. They are doing a wonderful job at making the world a better place.

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

I've been collaborating with Free Arts for the past two years and most recently, I got a chance to volunteer at a Free Arts Day. We helped kids make casts of their faces and hands to decorate and just get out all their creativity. It was wonderful to see the kids really get excited about the casts and really get into the process of making art. A lot of them started out shy at the beginning of the project, but by the end, they were extremely friendly and thankful to get a chance to do the project! It was great to see those smiling faces!

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

a Free Arts Day

Ways to make it better...

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

help them get more funding to have more projects and help more kids!

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

The volunteer training and experience I received at Free Arts has been invaluable to my success as a professional Art Therapist. Before heading off to Graduate school I spent 2 years volunteering with them. The guidance, wisdom and special attention to detail taught me so much about connecting with others through art.

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Through volunteering I was able to learn the joys of art and its transformative power. This is a wonderful organization.

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

None that I can think of.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

I have always wanted to help children, but felt that it would be too emotionally painful for me. Once I was introduced to Free Arts I discovered that I could help children without taking home with me their
pain, but instead the hope for their future. Free Arts inspires the population they
serve as well as every single person whom comes into contact with the organization. Art is a healing agent and one that is gentle, creative, fun, and very personal. My passion for Free Arts is extremely personal and has helped me to re-vitalize my conviction in the power of love, hope, and compassion.

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

I have witnessed the changes on the childrens' faces and in their demeanor after participating in an art project at the Edelman Courthouse.

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

As of yet, I haven't come upon anything that I would change.

January 12, 2011

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January 12, 2011

Free Arts is the best organization that I've volunteered for! What they are doing for the Los Angeles community and beyond is truly amazing. As a volunteer, I teach a very free from art class in a project housing facility each week. My ten week program is photo-related so we decorate frames, make photo boxes, photo collages, etc. What's great about Free Arts is that it's introduces art in all forms to kids that may otherwise not be exposed to it. It gives them an outlet to express themselves in a healthy, fun, and creative way. I feel very lucky to have found Free Arts.

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

I've seen the children light up each week when it's time to be involved with the art. They gain confidence with each project.

Ways to make it better...

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

The only thing I would want to change is to get their name out there more so more programs like mine could be put into place.

January 11, 2011

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January 11, 2011

Free Arts For Abused Children is the best volunteer organization i've volunteered with. The staff and administration are so incredibly passionate and kind, they have a heart of god. The children we help grow and are able to express themselves through our encouragment. I recently ran a "weekly program" for 8 weeks, and seeing the children every week blossom was truly a gift. ! More people need to her about free arts!

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

my life personally, has been affected directly, but also to see the children we serve grow and blosson

Ways to make it better...

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

Hire ME :) !

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

they could hire me on staff ;)

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely, our motto is :art Heals" I have seen and experienced 1st hand the healing affects of Art, and it's power to bring out the inner psyche. (sorry I'm a psych major), but it is quite healing ! Also Ive meet a great circle of people, and I've been given ideas about which projects to do with my students.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

fantastic, compassionate

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 10, 2011

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January 10, 2011

I simply love the Free Arts organization and all of its connected programs. FA could not have come into my life at a better time. It was back in 1998 and a friend mentioned her very positive experience with the children for which she'd come into contact with and how they touched her heart in a special way every volunteer experience. I so wanted to give of my time and affect positive change in the lives of young people. I am an African American woman and felt the need to be visible in some way into the lives of children affected, not only of my race, but to share in the Free Arts experience as a whole, with all children within the program. I can recall visiting one of the facilities for a Free Arts Day of which I'd previously visited several months prior and upon my return a little boy approached and called me by name and reminded me that I'd helpd him make his mom a bracelet, I was truly touched. On another visit a little girl was so shy, I wanted to make her feel comfortable and proud of her project she'd completed, so when she stood to present her finished project, upon her completion, I stood and blurted out that Arsenio Hall "woof, woof, woof" affirming howl - - she smiled. My connection to Free Arts and the children touches my heart, in part by the sheer and utter dedication from the staff and other volunteers who also are touched and feel deserve our attention - - attention from those who truly care and wish to bring positivity into the innocence of each child’s life through positive interaction with Art. The little hands deserve a free space and time to escape into this medium and the various projects the program has to offer. Volunteering not only allows me to give of my time and touch the lives of innocent children, but it also allows me to receive an abundance of joy when I depart - -such an enriching experience through art projects with the children. There is also a lesson taken from each visit which balances me and puts life into perspective of what and who truly matters.

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

...from my contact with those who are connected through Art.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase its notoriety in the public eye. FA is so worthy of recognition and a larger audience; I believe that it would capture the attention of so many more willing to give of themselves.

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

In 2005, I participated in my employers Food & Toy Drive Committee. We were in the process of choosing a non-profit organization to sponsor for our Holiday Silent Auction Event. It didn’t take me long to find Free Arts For Abused Children. Their bright colorful website pulled me in and I began reading about who they were and what they did to help abused and at-risk children. I immediately fell inlove with the stories and pictures that they displayed. After they recieved the proceeds from our silent auction, it didn’t stop there with me; in 2006 I decided to become a volunteer as well. The team that ran Free Arts were wonderful, full of energy, and just about the nicest people you could ever meet. I wanted to do whatever I could to help by bringing them to our community services events, and participating in their Art Explosion Committee because I believed they were making a difference in childrens’ lives. Volunteering and seeing children participate in special activities has been very rewarding for me. You can see the changes in their attitude and behavior from the moment they walk in, to the moment they finish their project. I remember one Free Arts Day, there was a teenage girl who was a bit quiet and reluctant to participate. The first task was to come up with a word to describe their current emotion. She stared at her blank canvas for awhile. Some volunteers casually went by to encourage her. After seeing other girls write words like, “Anger”, or “Sadness”, she began to write as well. Perhaps knowing it was ok to actually write what you were feeling, or that she wasn’t the only one who felt that way, may have helped. She later created one of the best works of art I have seen. I understood then, that every inch of that painting was an expression of her emotions; all the rich colors she chose, the chaos and structure in it, every brush stroke, all represented something she was feeling at that moment. Her frown turned into a smile after it was completed. She knew what she had accomplished, step by step. That was an amazing experience for me, to see the postive changes happening to someone right before my eyes. Their smiles and laughter are worth a thousand words. I have seen many wonderful works of art from kids of all ages. You can clearly see that Free Arts helps build confidence and self-esteem through their workshops and activities. I can honestly say that Free Arts has a special gift. Not only do they have the tools to help children, they also have the kind and positive energy that children need to be around. The volunteers they train have that same quality as well. I am honored and humbled to be a part of Free Arts for Abused Children and will continue to show my support.

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

I have personally experienced the results of this organization every time I participate in the Free Arts Days. Children use art to express what they are feeling whether by painting or making crafts.

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

What I have enjoyed the most about my experience with Free Arts is seeing the changes in the children's behavior and attitude progress and the pride in their eyes when they have completed their work of art.

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

The staff at Free Arts are always full of positive energy, professional, organized, and encouraging. The volunteers are kind, caring and ready to help from setup to breakdown.

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

If Free Arts had 10 million bucks, it could buy more supplies and create more activities for larger groups of children, hire more employees to perform outreach programs, advertise more, enhance their website to help bring in more volunteers and support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

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