Art Aids Art, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, promotes education and sustainable economic development through the arts.
Founded in 2003 by educators and human service professionals, Art Aids Art serves South African women and children through programs in impoverished townships surrounding Cape Town. With our U.S. office based in Altadena, California, Art Aids Art's American activities focus on educating the public about South African culture and the HIV/AIDS crisis through presentations at schools, community centers and private home gatherings. Each year, the organization leads an intergenerational group of volunteers to Cape Town, home of our South African headquarters, to provide services through our own programs and in collaboration with participating South African organizations. In addition, Art Aids Art stimulates economic opportunity for South African artist collectives, purchasing artwork at Fair Trade prices and exhibiting it in the United States. Income from American art sales is reinvested into our projects in Cape Town. In this regard, working with Art Aids Art provides a unique experience of working with a nonprofit that also works like a small business. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Because of our small size and wide range of activities, we offer a wide variety of activities for volunteers, including: -staffing our public events, including interacting with the public, setting up displays, and providing information about our programs. -assisting us with a variety of art documentation, including: digital photo editing and graphic design, review and data entry of storytelling interviews, organization of photographs and art materials, assisting with intake and inventorying of handcrafts from Africa, etc.
Great organization to be a part of! A dedicated and hard-working org! The people who run this organization are so nice and professional. There are so many tasks and activities to participate in. The wide range of things I took part in allowed me to learn not only new skills but really understand how essential an organization like this is. I really enjoyed my time with them and I would like to return and continue helping. Everything they do is so important and I'm glad I had this opportunity.
Great organization to volunteer for. They use many creative methods to support the project and you can see that there is no waste involved. I learned a lot hearing their inspiring story of the way that they used a small amount of resources to make a big impact.
Poor communication. I had prior communication with a gentlemen from this .org with respect to their needs. I received communication that they were in Africa and that email would be the communication for a month or so.
Problem is, they fell off the face of the earth. No response to prior emails.
When someone is volunteering their time and services, its incumbent for the requester to follow up and communicate properly.
If communication is an issue, then the prudent thing to do would be to have someone else do so on their behalf. It's not rocket science.
Today, we have calendars on desktop, phone etc. and plenty of resources to stay organized. Wasting someone's time is never acceptable. This .org needs to work on that.
Just because you're a non-profit does not excuse your responsibility.