I have worked at CoachArt for over a year now and it has completely changed my life! What drew me in was the mission and what has kept me here is the fierce passion our staff, board and volunteers have for carrying out the mission. Additionally, CoachArt's inclusion of siblings in our program absolutely underscores the importance of bringing a holistic approach to caring for children with chronic illnesses. It reminds us that diseases like cancer and sickle cell anemia don't just impact the patient.
When I first encountered CoachArt, I was taken by the importance of the service they provide. But it wasn't until I attended a CoachArt event at a hospital and looked into the faces of the children that were being served. Not only those undergoing various treatments, but their siblings as well who were made just for that day in that moment to feel special and only be concerned about having fun, instead of healing and mortality, which are things even as adults we struggle with grasping. I learned two lessons that day. The first was how incredibly resilient and strong these children were and the second how critical, important and outstanding this organization was. They serve an important need, and do it well.
I have worked for CoachArt since January. My entire employment history is with non-profit organizations, and I have never worked for an organization that has as much vision, clear direction, and staff who are committed to that vision and direction. At the same time that CoachArt deeply cares for the well-being of its students, it also cares for the well-being and sustainability of its staff. I am so glad to have found a great employer with such an important and meaningful mission.
I have been working with CoachArt for the past few months and have really gotten to understand how they operate and why they do what they do. I have come to see the passion that the staff at CoachArt have in making a significant difference in childrens lives and can see how dramatic the impact is to the kids and families that need help. I do my best to donate time to help such a worthwhile cause.
Review from Guidestar
I was introduced to CoachArt last year after accepting an invitation to their fundraiser event. I’ve always had a soft spot for children and any organization that assists in the creative and intellectual development of children gets an A+ in my book. Children ARE our future and how we nourish them today is a reflection of how successful and bright our tomorrow will be. I salute CoachArt because they believe this and realize that ALL children are included in this statement. With the help of their amazing volunteers, CoachArt offers free lessons in art and athletics to children with critical illness AND their siblings. I can’t imagine what the families must endure having to care and provide for a child with a critical illness but I know that with the help of CoachArt some of their stresses are alleviated. I had the honor videotaping and seeing CoachArt in action when the children were matched with a local baker. The children were given the task of making cookies and pies from scratch and boy did they succeed! The volunteers were great with the children and the children loved every minute of it; from mixing the ingredients, to placing the dough in the oven to decorating the final products. After witnessing all of the smiles and laughter around the room, you couldn’t help but to erase any since of unhappiness or stress. At that point I think we all had the care-free spirit of a 5 year old! There are many occasions where we can read an organizations mission statement but seeing it in action is another story! CoachArt is an amazing organization and I wholeheartedly believe in their vision because I’ve seen it in action.
I attended a fundraising event that CoachArt held at USC's African American museum. It was a great event. I met inspiring people who are truly passionate about their involvement in CoachArt and even made me interested in becoming involved. The event was also very modern and well thought out. It was refreshing to see a philanthropic organization be so hip.
I was speechless upon attending my first CoachArt event. I went to the art gala featuring the works of the CoachArt kids. Simply amazing describes it best. Their talent was phenomenal - and so were the kids. The young talent I met there that evening was unforgettable. Talented, poised, confident, joyous, and excited. Despite their circumstances, the best of them shined that night, inspiring and motivating all who were present. Equally incredible was the staff of CoachArt and the volunteers. Their passion and commitment to the kids and the mission of the organization left an indelible mark on me. My second event was the CoachArt mixer for volunteers. I loved meeting everyone and was impressed by the talents/skill they offered to the kids of CoachArt. I met artists, writers and even a chess player! How cool is this! Great job CoachArt.