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A Window Between Worlds

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Mental Health, Visual Arts, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: A Window Between Worlds is dedicated to cultivating and supporting a network of transformative arts programs that empower individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma.

Results: Over 25 years, more than 200,000 children, women and men have participated in A Window Between Worlds healing arts workshops at partnering organizations across the country.

Target demographics: children, women and men affected by violence and trauma, including domestic violence and at-risk children and youth, veterans and their families, marginalized communities, those receiving mental health services, and others.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, AWBW worked with 1,284 facilitators at 365 locations, reaching 32,394 participants.

Geographic areas served: AWBW partners with shelters, outreach centers, schools and other human service agencies across the US. Nearly 70% of our programs are in California, with close to 40% in the Los Angeles area.

Programs: AWBW offers trainings, stipends, curriculum, supplies and support in launching and sustaining arts programming to partnering organizations our focus is providing facilitators with the trauma-informed tools needed to create a safe, nonjudgmental space for participants to express themselves in new ways, to find new solutions to the challenges they face, and to discover renewed hope in moving forward.

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has'. That quote by Margaret Mead inspires me...to give, to make a difference.

This is #MyGivingStory....a Story about 'Sport n Art 4 a Cause'

Early morning. a well-made Espresso. then a PCH ride on my motorcycle. After a few miles of feeling the ocean breeze - a cool little question popped up - 'What makes me happy?'...That just meant, time for a stop at the Marmalade Cafe...Along with an egg-white-frittata (highly recommend it!) breakfast, came a little answer.

I have always been passionate about Sport & Art. Realms that have always brought joy to me - high tide or low tide. But then a question came up 'What's passion without purpose?'

By the time i got my Shadow to kick up again to top gear, i came up with a fundraiser idea - for this awesome non-profit (A Window Between Worlds http://www.awbw.org) that uses Art as a Healing Tool for survivors of trauma ’n abuse, thereby making a positive difference in their lives.

An idea..that would be fun..that would bring in art for the sports fan..with a purpose.

.and when Passion meets Purpose, Life happens!

Check out this short film about my journey of 'Sport n Art 4 a Cause’...a football-themed facepainting fundraiser towards AWBW's cause.


It’s truly a #OurGivingStory with so many amazing people involved in making this happen. Special Thanks to L.A Cheeseheads and So.Cal Seahawks. They are such a fun, philanthropic football fan community out here in So.Cal

I'm grateful to share this experience with all of you for #GivingTuesday. Wishing u the very best in your journeys!

Review from #MyGivingStory