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Review for Free Arts for Abused Children, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Free Arts for Abused Children is a heart-warming organization! I believe they consider me their oldest volunteer, although this has nothing to do with age, because after 10+ years of volunteering, the “giving” exchange keeps me young at heart. I’ve always been drawn to the arts and empowering children in need. It’s very fulfilling to engage with children and simultaneously witness the healing power of the arts. Their stories are all different, whether they have been abused, homeless or at-risk. Yet, one thing they do have in common is their yearning to be recognized and valued. I believe the art programs and ultimately, the free-exchange with an encouraging adult volunteer can be very uplifting. It provides a little hope to their lives, because they are exposed to genuine people who are willing to give their time, just because. My experience includes participating in their Free Arts Days, a mini art festival that provides flexibility for volunteers who can only volunteer during the weekend. It’s a full day of fun based on a creative theme! I’ve also participated in a weekly volunteer program. This provided me a hands-on experience with a group of children whose parents were utilizing recovery-oriented services, aiming to live a sober life. In particular, teaching an art class once a week for 10-weeks was wonderful! I had the joy of coming up with my own art-based curriculum and the consistency of teaching an art class to the same group of children. Hopefully, being positive was contagious and that they learned how to create artwork from recycled products! Lastly, I’ve sat it on some meetings for key volunteers led by the Free Arts staff and they were pro-active enough to inquire about our feedback on how to improve their programs, protocols, staff interaction, etc. Overall, I support Free Arts philosophy that “ART HEALS!”

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide thousands of children and families throughout Los Angeles and Orange County the positive benefits of their arts programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & Lead an art workshop.