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January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

It was great working with the kids. I think it is a great program for the children and the parents, It gives them a break from their hospital life. It also gives us the volunteers the chance to participate in their recovery through all the different modalities that they get to experience. Also, The Art of Elysium staff and Hospital staff are very sweet and easy to work with.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share my Fabricated Hearts with all of them.

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The happiness the Children express while painting!!!!!!

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January 31, 2011

Art of Elysium is one of the most organized, hands-on groups I've ever volunteered with. After attending the orientation, they let me jump right in and start signing up for volunteer opportunities. Even with my busy schedule, there are plenty of events/workshops that I'm available for. It was so much fun to see the smiles on the faces of patients and family members at the Shriners Halloween Party. And I have to say, I never thought I would be singing Disney songs karaoke-style en Espanol with a clown wig on! Every experience has been unique, memorable, and REAL - this isn't a group that asks you to put on a t-chirt and stand on the sidelines, or wander around soliciting donations. You are right there with the kids, helping them forget their problems and learn and grow as people and artists. Thank you so much Art of Elysium!

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

seeing the affect the events have had on the mood and attitudes of the children and parents.

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Get more people involved regularly. Volunteer mixers or events where we could meet other artists who are volunteering and sign up for events together!

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January 31, 2011

Art of Elysium volunteers have brought laughter and music to my child on chemo days. In addition to the vomit and other undesirable side effects of chemotherapy, days spent at the hospital are boring. Exceptionally boring. But the Art of Elysium days end with a smile - and happy memories. Leaving the hospital happy makes a huge difference in my son's chemotherapy experience.

We were also blessed by Art of Elysium volunteers at We Can Brain Tumor Family Camp. In addition to working with the brain tumor patients, the Art of Elysium volunteers embraced the siblings and their unique needs. Being a sibling of a child requiring so much attention would be difficult. The volunteers took the time to understand what that would be like and gave the siblings a chance to express themselves.

This is an organization that uplifts and recharges the spirit of those in need. Thanks!

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

the joy of a child.

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

Service more areas nationally

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I have been volunteering for Art of Elysium for about a year now. I absolutely love this organization. I was looking to volunteer for an organization that encourages volunteers to donate their talents on a personalized level. It is a very rewarding feeling to be able to work with these amazing kids and help bring their spirits up. :)

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the capacity in which I am able to give.

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

I don't have any suggestions for change at the moment.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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January 31, 2011

I was looking for an organization to give my talents to in LA. I have been blessed and wanted to help others. I had no idea what I was asking for. When I met the Art of Elysium my life was changed. From the first time I played music at the Children's Hospital for kids that could not get out into the general assembly, I knew this was important. Some of the children are in a hospital bed all of the time and the costs can be so high that sometimes their folks can't always miss work to be by their side. AOE brings the music and arts to them. I have played music in room to room visits where the emotional outpouring of thankfulness was overwhelming. I have led song-writing workshops with children that if not for this great charity, may have never written a song. The therapeutic side of this gift is immeasurable as it gives the kids a voice, a way to show their friends and family how much they love and appreciate them. This is an amazing group filled with loving folks that care about others a great deal. Bringing love through music and the arts to children that other wise would not get this is an amazing gift.

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Children's Hospital LA. UCLA Children's Hospital Shriner's Children's Hospital Lowman's School Ronald McDonald Camp for cancer children and families

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No changes necessary. If I had money I would fund more activities for them.

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January 31, 2011

This is a magical charity that has allowed me to play music for children with serious medical challenges. I cannot tell you how much joy Art of Elysium brings to kids. I have seen it with my own eyes!

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

Working with them with kids.

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

None

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January 31, 2011

I LOVE The Art of Elysium!!! All there is to be said! Get involved and see what an incredible organization this is!

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the hospital everytime I am lucky enough to attend a workshop

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

Spread the love to every child we possible could

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January 31, 2011

I have been working with The Art of Elysium for 6 years now volunteering my time whenever I am in Los Angeles and New York. To see what these children face on a daily basis and the strength within all of them is truly amazing. It is unlike anything I have ever seen or read about before and moves you in a spiritual way that is undeniable. i am a fine artist, and to be able to share what I do with these children and let them be an extension of my art through their own eyes has become something that I just can't live without. I cherish this organization and what they do and am most humbled to be a part of this wonderful family of artists.

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In how I feel when I leave the hospital and how the children smile and show off their work. most inspiring thing i have ever done.

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

Make it bigger!

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January 31, 2011

My Wife and I both contribute financially to this organization since we do not live in the Los Angeles or New York area, but being a craftsman myself, when I heard about what this organization does in bring creativity and arts into hospitals for children that would otherwise not be able to express this, that was all I had to hear. I am very proud to be a part of this organization and will continue to give as much as I am able to.

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in my newsletters and emails that I am sent updating me on everything that happens within The Art of Elysium

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I would try and make sure they are everywhere!

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January 31, 2011

I found about The Art of Elysium through my son that works for the organization and am very proud to be able to contribute to this amazing cause. I have seen what an art kit is and what it can do for a child that is hopitalized. That is just a small viewing in the immense world that is The Art of Elysium, and i look forward to continuing my support for many years to come

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

Seeing the impact art has on children in the hospital.

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

Stress the importance of bring the arts to children in need.

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