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January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

Truely dedicated group focused on bringing the arts to all. This group is especially involved in providing alternatives to children who may not be involved in organized sports. A wide variety of classes are offered as alternatives to the traditional afterschool activities. Those alternative include: dance, voice, acting, film making, guitar, piano and cooking classes. Scholarship are provided to those who qualify. Additionally, River Bend provides afterschool programs onsite at several schools.

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

I've seen the pride in students faces when they realize their potential.

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

Somehow increase public awareness of the opportunites that are provided. Work more closely with the local schools and churches.

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

As a founder for RBA, I am remarkably proud of where we have come in such a short time in one of the worst economies of our time. RBA is approaching its beginning its 5th year of operation and have overcome lots to still be here with a dedicated mission to educate and instruct everyone from lap babies to those in their 70's in the arts.

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

I have personally seen the benefits to children and youth that experience our instruction. Their self-esteem is higher, their behavior improves, communication is better, there are many, many benefits when we make excellent art instruction available to all regardless of ability to pay.

Ways to make it better...

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

We need more paid staff and funding so we are able to reach more children. RBA has been fully managed by an all-volunteer working board until recently with part-time 15 hour a week staff -- who I pray we can pay more in time, give more hours and retain. Ann is excellent! Ann and RBA needs more staff support and we need more funding in order to achieve more operationally. RBA is very good stewards of its resources and therefore we have put the emphasis on funding after school programs and those in need.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Founder

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Educate children in the arts starting more with pre-school and elementary age before stigmas are established on participating in the arts.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To bring our arts education outreach to the full western Kentucky area and serve all regardless of ability to pay, disabilities, etc.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Serve on a committee 3 hours a month in one of the following areas of Programming/Education, Events, Fundraising, PR/Marketing, Operations or Community Relations. Some of the tasks that are needed are: data input, research or write grants, develop marketing pieces, Support events or help plan one, Secretarial support, greeting public, support in cleaning or upkeep of our facility ---- lots of opportunities to give of time.