My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Free Arts for Abused Children, Los Angeles, CA, USA
I became a Board member of Free Arts for Abused Children in 2004 and moved up to President in 2006. In the 7 years I have been involved, I have seen this organization grow both in terms of financial health and program expansion. This organization moves me so much because we provide children with the opportunity to express themselves without having to "talk". These kids have to talk to therapists, judges, counselors, lawyers, social workers. Providing art gives them a safe place to be themselves, express their feelings, and dream.
Most of these children truly have no advocates because their parents cannot or are not able to provide a safe environment for them. Being a mother myself, it saddens me on a deep level to think that these children cannot depend on their parents. So I believe that Free Arts can provide comfort and hope to their lives.
Lastly, I love the volunteer aspect of this organization. With over 550 screened and trained volunteers each year, we service more than just the abused children -- we provide a community service for better understanding in our society.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The numbers show the results! We serve over 27,000 children a year and we have plans to serve more children each year. Our volunteer base is strong and growing. In fact, sometimes we have waiting lists for our volunteers because our programming is so popular.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Raise more money and hire more staff. There is such a strong need for our programming in our community and we need more staff to facilitate this.