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January 29, 2011

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January 29, 2011

I am sincerely proud of my affiliation with The Art of Elysium. I have learned how to make a contribution through my art by sharing the creative process with others. The Art of Elysium gives me the inspiration to be a better person.

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

My interaction with the children. The night of the gala, the children spoke of the numerous ways the charity helped them through some of their most difficult times. They spoke of music, art, acting and healing and I learned that through my own artistic gifts that I could help take their mind off of their situation. They inspired me.

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

Make sure it had the funding to go to cities all over this country and the world. I am from England and would love to see a chapter in London.

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

I have been a volunteer for the Art of Elysium for a few years now and have enjoyed every event. When you see the twinkle in the childrens' eyes, it is apparent that the desire to create lies within all of us. To be able to share that experience with the kids at childrens hospitals is like going to a place (for however long) where only art & happiness exists ~ no illness, no worries. I think that is how and why art is very healing. Thank you AOE for allowing us volunteers to be a part of something so speacial! : )

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

.....all of the volunteer events I have taken part in.

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

....not need to! AOE is wonderful! : )

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

"Wow.." That pretty much says it all. Having an opportunity to work with AoE and the children has given us such a uplifting and inspired outlook. Your staff was ever present with a smile or helpful information and guidance when dealing with the children. I've been blessed to be a part of something so important. Hopefully in 2011 we will have an even larger part to play :)

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

Its the honesty in a child's smile as they thank you for doing something that comes so easy to us.

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

Give more opportunities to the children to grow through art and music. And most importantly... Walk away with something more than just initial smile.

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

I commend volunteers and staff of AOE. They are truly angels who bring laughter, smiles and creativity to children who are ill. It is their hard work that continues to bring hope into the lives of kids they service. We all need to see people like those who are involved in this charity. We all have to support the AOE.

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

I have seen Little Pieces of Heaven and really could not believe all the hard work that went in to that function. The smiles it brought to the faces of some of the kids involved will always be a wonderful memory.

Ways to make it better...

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

Bring more staff and volunteers in to more hospitals. The programs I have witnessed are truly special and so important to all of the children and their parents.

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

truly the most amazing charity in LA. From top to bottom, people who care, who love, and who serve very precious children battling serious medical conditions.

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

When a child smiles...

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

Make it bigger!!!

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

Having the privilege to be involved with The Art of Elysium over the past year and a half has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had as an artist. Coming from a background as an artist, I have been able to share my talent with hundreds of children in various hospitals around Los Angeles. But, more importantly, these children have given me even more back. Whether it is working with a project as simple as making unique collages with magazines, scissors, and markers, or a Matisse-inspired cut out project, bringing art always puts a smile on the faces of the patients and families I work with. Seeing their appreciation for taking their minds away from being in a hospital for 2 hours or just 5 minutes reinforces how bringing any type of artistic and creative expression can truly improve lives. The staff is always there to guide, support, and inspire my ideas and I'm lucky to be involved with such a great organization!

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

The way in which the children and families respond and interact with me as well as with one another, building relationships with each other and with art.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more people involved!

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

I have been working with AofE for close to 6 years. The reason I continue to give my time week in and week out is really clear to me. I have seen the "lights" come on in so many children's eye's as a result of them co-creating the different mediums with the different artist. Watching a child's pain elevate as a result of their involvement with Art has forever changed the way I look at Art. I am honored and continually humbled by the chance I get to work another day with a child and with this amazing organization.

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I have watched children that have never held a camera before take photographs that could hang in many galleries. I have seen dark rooms light up with smiles and laughs time after time.

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

Try and get more people to give their time and talents to it. Otherwise with in it I have nothing to change.

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

Love the whole concept of this program. I've donated to their program on Crowdrise recently because I really liked what they were doing to raise funds for summer art kits. Having returned to school for art, I've come to realize that I was able to articulate complex emotions through pictures and crafts as a child when words failed me. My hope is that these various artistic mediums will help kids use them as a vehicle of self-expression and let the volunteers be their muses.

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

the form of being inspired to volunteer my artistic background with a local arts program started by my friend's seven year old daughter who lives with a physical disability. They want to use the crafts to sell them in order to raise money for St. Jude's Hospital. I had a lot of fun and so did the kids. I might consider volunteering for Art of the Elysium too, if they're local.

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

like this organization to be near where I live on the East Coast.

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

I have found my purpose in life through Art Of Elysium! I have always been one to search for better ways to be part of our community and share experiences with as many people as possible. What Art Of Elysium offers is the perfect way to be there for those who are sometimes overlooked. The children at our Los Angeles Hospitals are the most stunning people to be around, and what a better way than to simply hang out and play silly games through out the year. Playing dress up and bringing stories to life for these kids is just as rewarding for myself as it seems to be for them. I just can't get enough of em! The staff is awesome and incredibly kind. I just can't praise them and this organization enough. Count me in on whatever endevours they decide to pursue. Thanks!

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

myself. Ive learned so much about who I am through volunteering with this organization.

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

NADA! Keep doin' what you do!

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

To have a direct affect on a child in need, to see a smile grow into hysterical laughter from a child in pain, to inspire creativity and imagination from a hospital bed- there is no greater (or easier) contribution to one's society.

Unfortunately hospitals offer little entertainment for
their patients, and the numbing boredom can truly take a toll on someone so young and impressionable. As performers and artists we seek for an audience who appreciates our work, our time, and our commitment to a craft. Art of Elysium is the perfect pairing between the artists who yearn to create and inspire and the children who truly need it most.

However it doesn't stop there. Every day I find myself excited and personally inspired by the amazing staff at Art of Elysium. I consider each one as part of my family. The organization can't survive without it's volunteers, and those volunteers wouldn't have access without the incomparable group that leads.

I urge everyone to get in and experience the magic for yourself, for once you enter a child's life, both will forever be changed.

The Great!

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

A great positive spike in my mental, physical, personal, and professional health.

Ways to make it better...

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

Recruit all of my friends to volunteer, because they are sorely missing out.

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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?

Every time is perfect. Literally. That is why I return weekly.

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

My life has been changed for the better in all aspects and I see beauty everywhere I go because of it.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Ecstatic, inspired,

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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