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January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

Working with AoE is such a blessing it gives me an opportunity to use humor, acting, games, and creative play with those who are in need. I can work with talented performers with a rolling schedule a few days per week. Simple and sweet is how I would describe my experience with AoE. With that, I have become more aware of a how a persons energy in a room can change just by getting out of a routine, even for a few moments.



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When we enter the room as volunteers there is a still and sometimes dark or sad vibe. Most of the time we're lucky enough to feel a shift in the room by the time we leave, the room has changed and there are smiles all around. The doctors, nurses, interns, as well as the people we are there to work with all benefit from the use of imagination and creative play. It's an honor to be affiliated with such a fantastic organization!

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I would love to see them in every city in the U.S.

January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

I have had the amazing pleasure of working with The Art of Elysium for over a year now and my experience with this organzation has forever changed my perception on not only my life but the lives of these hospitalized children. To watch even one of these children smile from the work you have done with them is worth a lifetime. I feel truly honored and blessed to be a part of this organization and couldn't say enough about getting involved.

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Throughout every facit of my life. It truly changes the way perceive the world, what really matters and what we are just being selfish about.

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I would make everyone in the world give this organization money so they could be in every city possible, so there is no hospitalized child left untouched by art.

January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

I have been volunteering for this organization for a year now.
I'm in the fine arts programs and I absolutely love it.

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I see it in the kids faces, they light up after a workshop!! they can't believe what they did and how much fun they had.

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

they need to go global..

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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

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

it gives me hope and it inspires me to do a better job

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

exhilarating !!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I just started with the Art of elysium as a volunteer last year. I had heard about the program through two people I respect in the acting community. I cant say enough great things Its hands down the best part of my week. Spending time with amazing kids who are so brave. Everyone I encounter through A of E is genuinely passionate about giving kids a couple hours a day to put aside their medical conditions and just be kids. Whether it's to create an improv & make believe, watch an animated storytelling show or create a sock puppet. These kids get to do just that and in return I get to reminded to be a kid too!! I am so blessed to be apart of such a great organization!

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i've heard the laughter from our silly storytelling and watch kids concentrate not on their illness but making glasses for their sock puppets!

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

none.

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I came across The Art of Elysium website a little over three years ago and have been volunteering with them ever since. I love the fact that I can joke and play around while providing joy to hospitalized kids and their families. It's truly been a blessing to me ever since I got involved and brings a smile to my face every time I participate. I've also made some great friends through my affiliation with AOE which was an unexpected bonus.

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regards to being more fulfilled as a human being. Gratitude is good and I am grateful to be able to give of my time and talents. We get thanked by the kids and/or their parents sometimes when we leave, but really we're the ones who should be thanking them because the time spent with them and the smiles we leave with are a gift they give to us.

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

find a way to replicate this program all over the US, allowing for volunteers, kids/families outside of NY and LA to enjoy the benefits as well. Right now it does great work with a dedicated staff and fairly limited resources, but I can only imagine how much more wonderful it could be with additional funding.

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I'd been looking for years for the right organization to volunteer with but kept striking out until I found The Art of Elysium. As an actor, I often had intervals of free time on my hands and was eager to give my time for a good cause. However, my unpredictable schedule didn't work with many volunteer organizations that require you sign up for regular shifts. Art of Elysium is incredibly flexible and works with the chaotic schedule of an artist. You don't have to go through months of training to get started, and the program directors and leaders are fantastic. The best part is, we get to use our talents to help brighten the day of hospitalized children.

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I've seen the faces of children who are in pain light up with excitement when we've distracted them into using their imagination to take them far away from their hospital bed.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more people involved!

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

Simply a fantastic organization! I have been volunteering with the Art of Elysium for about seven months, and the program does such a great job of engaging the kids. There really should be more organizations like this!

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watching how excited the children get.

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

have no changes.

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I just moved to Los Angeles and started with Art of Elysium a month after I got here. I can't say enough good things about it! Interacting with the kids and playing has reminded me of the power of the arts to bring joy and connection to our society and I appreciate it so much. Yes, the main focus is bringing the kids an uplifting experience...I have to say that every time I've participated so far I've left with a smile on my face big enough to carry me through the rest of the day as well! The other volunteers are incredible and friendly and the staff is accessible and capable as well. Bottom line - it's fun and fulfilling!

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Seeing the looks on kids' faces that we interact with.

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

None.

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I have been volunteering in the theater department of AOE for a couple of years now. i love it. The workshops are energetic, engaging and constantly evolving as we learn more about what the kids respond to and what they don't like. The group of volunteers is amazing--full of really dedicated actors, comics, musicians and all around great people. I find being an actor in LA is an incredibly self involved lifestyle and my work with AOE takes me out of myself and into a completely different world. i treasure my time with these amazing children and always look forward to my sessions.

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So many ways: the children love having us there and we know many of them, especially in the residential houses by name. The liveliness and joy that we see is beyond measure.

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I think that this is a fantastic organization. I would make sure that there was more funding so that programs could be added, bringing more children into the fold.

January 24, 2011

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January 24, 2011

I have been doing jewelry & clay workshops with the children of The Art of Elysium for over 13 years. I began when it was serving only a few children & would meet the founder JH at Children's Hospital. Her dedication has created a brilliant non profit organisation with visionary programming which directly benefits the children while they stay in the hospital, and during recovery form their illness or conditions.
As an artist this program gives to all who participate. It is invaluable in its healing and service it provides to the children and their families.

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its personal, artistic & psychological benefits to ill children.

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

To have its programming nation wide

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