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February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

This wonderful organization does everything possible to help the at-risk children of Southern California. I don't know how they manage because there are so many children and not enough funds to help them all, but they do. The staff is always available and always so grateful for the help of the volunteers and the community. Recently they held a t-shirt decorating workshop so the volunteers could design their own t-shirts to wear when they volunteer. I was impressed with how well Free Arts took care of us and also the creativity in the t-shirt designs. I'm sure that for the children to see such expression on the volunteers' clothes will go a long way toward inspring and comforting them.

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

Always cheerful, clearly love what they're doing and always show their appreciation for the volunteers' efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

I've volunteered for Free Arts for the last couple of years. I have seen how the programs contribute and enhance the childrens lives. Free Atrs is truly and amazing charity, it has several different programs that help build self esteem in abused at at risk children.

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

Kind and caring, and truly cared about the organization and about what they could do to help the children involved in this program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

While I was working I always felt I was too busy to volunteer, then in April 2007 I left my job. I quickly became bored and heard of VolunteerMatch and there I found Free Arts for Abused Children and it touched and broke my heart, I immdediatly contacted FAFAC,By November 2008 I was a volunteer,it was the best thing I could have done!!!! I truly enjoy every Free Arts day I attend!! I especialy like to attend 5 Acres Residential Home. There is always one child that tugs at my heart and I want to bring them home with me!!! I have recently started the process in becoming a Special Friend to this lovely needed children!! I love Free Arts for Abused Children the staff is very kind hearted and a very wonderful organization. Hugs, Leonor

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

Saturdays Free Arts Day.

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

win the lotto and give more money

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

The Children

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

Extremly kind and generous

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

Have pool parties, camps

Ways to make it better...

I couldn't make it better

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

Stephenie is a wonderful team leader!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

I started Free Arts about a year ago and I choose them because art is one of my strengths and I truly believed that art can be therapeutic for the kids. Free Arts requires that you have a training session before you participate in one of their events. I thought this was an excellent idea because during this session they set expectations for you in terms of your involvement with the kids during the events and also things you should avoid while interacting with the kids. The training session seemed overwhelming initially, but once you attend a Free Arts event, you realize it prepares for extreme situations. A Free Arts event is so much fun and laid back that if you stay within the guidelines, you will have no problems interacting with the kids. During an event, the kids are shy at first, but throughout the day, once they start on their projects they begin to open up. And after awhile you also will begin to notice yourself opening up. Which is the best part of Free Arts for me because not only do I have the opportunity to do something for the kids, they also return the favor and helps put everything in perspective for me amidst all the pressures and stress of work. I highly recommend a Free Arts event, after the first event, I promise, you will be hooked.

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

to see the type of creativity these kids have. It inspires me to see them create the way they do, all they need is the materials and the opportunity and some of the art is so amazing!

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

amazing. Everyone was very enthusiastic and focused on making the children feel as comfortable as possible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

Free Arts programs are great for building confidence in the children they touch and amazing at rebuilding trust within children who have overcome so much in their short lives. Free Arts programs provide a safe, friendly, and supportive atmosphere for children to really be their own age and forget, for a few moments, all the hardships they've endured and the responsibilities they had to take on at such early ages.

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

grow! and help even more children :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

With the help of the wonderful staff at Free Arts my friends at Saatchi LA and I have had many wonderful events, working with the beautiful children Free Arts supports. Not only do they provide a touching and uplifting experience for the kids - but for the volunteers as well. They make it easy and fun for us to give, and we love them!

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

how easy they make it for me to help. I organize the volunteer activities for the company I work for, and Free Arts makes it so easy for me to do. Every year I open up the "giving" activities for nominations, and Free Arts is requested EVERY YEAR!

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

the Executive Directors and Program Directors, as well as those at Edelman Courthouse, for over 15 years.

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

Reach all the children in Los Angeles!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

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 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 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

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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