The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Healing abused and homeless children through artistic expression. We have 3 core values: Art Heals, Mentoring Works, and Every Child Matters.
Since 1993, volunteers from the community share their creativity in the visual arts, theater, dance, music, creative writing and other art projects with children who live in residential treatment centers, group homes and shelters. Through the creative arts, children build self-esteem and social skills, develop trust with a caring adult and learn to express emotions in a positive way.
Volunteers do not have to be artists! We have many opportunities to share your time with children who need a mentor. We offer a comprehensive onboarding and training process for our volunteers. The first step is to attend a Volunteer Mentor Orientation, held monthly on:
First Monday, 6pm-7pm
First Wednesday, 9:30am-10:30am
Third Saturday, 10:30am-11:30am
Please visit our website or call our office at 602-258-8100 for more information. The minimum age for volunteers working with children is 18 years old, volunteer in office is 14 and older.
by Cindy C. from alameda, CA
A wonderful program! I mentored three-year olds at a transitional housing facility. I looked forward to going every week. The kids came alive when I showed up, and I really connected with a few of them. It was wonderful to see that my mentoring gave them the opportunity to have positive interactions with an adult. Free Arts provides excellent training and support. Their art supply area is organized and busting with fun supplies, and the staff is helpful and appreciative.
by Mollie K. from Phoenix, AZ
Free Arts really takes care of their volunteer mentors. They have on-going trainings available, and go out of their way to help us. They supply all the materials and supplies, and are always supportive and available for communication. The program managers themselves also work with the children. The organization itself is very stable and organized. I highly recommmend Free Arts of Arizona.