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Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Well Beings Studio engages the arts to support emotional well-being and open communication with families impacted by cancer and other traumas.

Results: OUR SUCCESS TO DATE! (2018-2019) Built strong network of partner cancer support organizations who receive and help distribute the Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! and the Little Friend Duffles. Partners include 1Gen, Camp Kesem, Susan G. Komen Southwest Affiliates, Cancer Support Communities, Association of Oncology Nurse Navigators, Children’s Hospital of Orange County-CHOC, Henry Mayo Santa Clarita, Kaiser Permanente, St. Jude Fullerton, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton. Donated 2,000 copies of The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! in 15 states. Partnered with over 60 organizations: hospitals and other medical centers, cancer support community organizations, libraries, schools, religious groups, counseling centers, family resource centers, foundations, coalitions, and youth groups and camps. Facilitated 30 free literacy and creative arts cancer events held in Orange County, CA Reached over 2,000 families impacted by cancer, general child audiences, teachers, family-school liaisons, university students, camp counselors, and peer cancer navigators (through events and donations). ​ Coordinated over 50 adult & child volunteers to sew over 100 Little Monster Friends, delivered to families nationwide. (2019-2020) Gained 501c-3 fiscal sponsorship through OneOC. Founded in 1958, OneOC’s mission is to accelerate nonprofit success. They are committed to helping nonprofits in Orange County become as efficient and effective as they are passionate about their missions. (www.oneoc.org) Pivoted to all virtual programs and resources with COVID-19 Launched blog on Creativity and Emotional Well-being during COVID-19 Provided 20 creative arts workshops with elementary and middle school youth, cancer support organizations and teachers Selected by 1Gen for Nonprofit Leadership Academy and Technology Development (to develop and launch digital platform and interactive children’s app) Expanded grant and foundation funding Expanded partnerships and programming, including Virtual Dance Camp, Monster in Me Album; Teen Podcast and Programming, Ash and Feather; and High School Dance Residency Community Arts Partnership, and Monthly/Weekly Arts WBS Workshops. Launched My Cancer Story Quilt Creativity App for Families, November 2020. Published Scoops Of Joy New partners include: 1Gen, Active Learning USA, Santa Ana Unified School District, Círculos High School, Fullerton Joint Unified High School District, Very Special Arts Orange County, Orange County Department of Education, Cancer Support Communities, AONN+ nurse navigators nationwide

Target demographics: children, teens, and families impacted by cancer and other traumas

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000 families, three school districts, dozens of cancer support organizations and hospitals

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: virtual, free arts workshops, streamable and downloadable resources, book and plushy donations.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sharon and Matthew have created a haven of love, understanding,support and community. I have been so touched by their work and committment to families impacted by cancer. The kindness runs very deep❤

Natalie W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost a nephew to cancer in 2017. He was 17 years old. Cancer is heartbreaking and the grief has been life-changing. When I was asked to be a part of the Little Green Monster project, I immediately said yes. It has been great to know and work with Well Beings Studio and the work they are doing for those who are affected by cancer. Art and creativity provide so much of a needed outlet for those who are battling cancer and for their loved ones. Allow yourself to express the feelings of fear, pain, and loss and I love that this is what Well Beings Studio promotes.

Rebeca V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Well Beings Studio is an amazing non-profit that helps and supports anyone who has been impacted by cancer. Even to those who want to be educated or assist in any way, Well Beings Studio has done its part and BEYOND to any families and individuals experiencing cancer.

Tessie H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sharon is one of the most generous people I know, she has a giant heart and uses her skills to help others. She really cares about families experiencing cancer and other traumatic events. Well Beings Studio really aims to bring all of their content in Spanish as well as English, she is an avid advocate for inclusion and diversity.

Beth W.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sharon and Matthew have done an outstanding job writing, producing and actively engaged in all kinds of encouraging content for those experiencing cancer. Here is just one of the books of several designed for children facing this challenging time. Check them out, you will not be disappointed! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well-being's studio is a wonderful nonprofit that provides impactful resources for children impacted by cancer and other trauma in their lives. The workshops provide creative expression for feelings, the books are wonderful for children of all ages! I am the volunteer coordinator for volunteers who so little green monster plushie animals that bring joy to the children's lives.