February 9, 2010
"Children learn through Play" I love this quote. I think there is so much pressure in society for children to grow-up. Remember when the best part of being a child was playing. DrawBridge let's children play. Specifically, they provide homeless children and other vunerable youth with a safe environment to express themselves through art. There is something magical when a child face lights up with delight in making art. About 44,000 children are homeless in the Bay Area. They live in shelters all across the Bay Area. Homelessness is a very difficult thing to deal with, imagine what a child feels. Many of them are suffering emotionally, art is a great outlet for them. As a volunteer, I noticed how the kids would change every week. There was one girl who didn't speak, just make squeaks, but after 3 weeks she was the most talkative. We also had some teenagers in the group. I remember when I was a teenager faced with so much pressure and decisions. I believe that the teenagers in our group make better decisions. I made a strong connection with one of the teenagers. She always felt comfortable talking to me about issues in school. If DrawBridge were to close its doors, it would leave these kids no place to vent their frustration or joy.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
help more children in shelters and poverty communities. Provide them with an endless supply of high quality materials.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Former volunteer & I helped create a safe and fun place to do art.