February 22, 2010
I live in a rural area of North Central Washington state where I practice law and work with youth at the Alternative High School. A friend who is on the PlayWrite Board asked me to donate some legal services to the organization. Through this work, I learned about the amazing work (miracles really) that Bruce and his coaches and talented Portland area actors perform with youth, many of them at the fringes, in Portland.
I attended the December plays and was blown away by the ability of this program to release emotional angst in a safe and supportive environment while providing an amazing experience to encourage further creativity and to foster confidence in a lost and marginalized population.
As a result of the experiences I have seen with youth involved with PlayWrite in Portland, I am working with the arts council in the area where I live to try to bring Bruce and his magic to the disenfranchised rural youth where I live. Unlike therapy alone, by combining a safe exploration of life experiences and feelings with creative expression and the support of talent in the local arts community, I truly believe that this organization reaches and transforms the core of some young souls who otherwise might be lost to us and to themselves.
I cannot say enough good things about the dedication of this staff and the work that they are doing.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
I delivers a terrific bang for a donor's bucks.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Every person involved is completely committed to the mission of PlayWrite.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I provide pro bono legal services for PlayWrite and am involved trying to increase opportunities for rural youth to experience its magic.