Monthly Archives: January 2012
CoachArt PARTICIPANT OSCAR B., AGE 6, FROM OAKLAND was one of many chronically ill children who had an opportunity to take to the ice during “Friday Night Ice” at the Oakland Ice Center January 20.
(Oakland, CA – January 31, 2012) — Approximately 20 chronically ill children from the East Bay area affiliated with CoachArt, an Oakland nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings, by providing free lessons in the arts and athletics, had an opportunity to try ice skating and other ice-related activities, during “Friday Night Ice” at the Oakland Ice Center on January 20.
In partnership with Special Skaters, a program affiliated with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of the Golden Gate, and with volunteers to help the skaters from San Francisco-based EventBrite, CoachArt’s participants were able to experience ice skating, many for the first time. They also had fun playing games such as mini Olympics, kite flying on the ice and broom ball. “It’s always a thrill to see our students experience an activity like ice skating that’s new and exciting,” said Ashley Fontanetta, regional director of CoachArt’s Oakland office. “United Cerebral Palsy is one of our health care partners and when we reached out to their Special Skaters program at the Oakland Ice Center, they went out of their way to accommodate our group and provide a fun and engaging night of skating complete with bubble blowing on the ice and a pizza party!”
EventBrite, a San Francisco-based company that enables people all over the world to plan, promote, and sell out any event; discover events, and share the events they are attending with the people they know, organized 15 staff members to volunteer by assisting the skaters. “We couldn’t have had a successful experience on the ice without the aid of the EventBrite volunteers who helped with everything from assisting the children on the ice, to organizing the pizza party,” Fontanetta continued. “CoachArt’s volunteers are the backbone of our programs. We rely on their assistance to allow us to offer the wide variety of programs that help chronically ill children take their minds off of their illness and just have fun.”
CoachArt’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and their siblings, by providing free lessons in the arts and athletics. CoachArt matches volunteer mentors with its students to provide lessons based on the child’s preferred activity.
For the past ten years, CoachArt has served more than 2,500 children and has managed 15,000 donated volunteer hours consisting of 665 volunteers, and more than 78 program partners. To find out how to become involved with CoachArt as a volunteer mentor, or to take part in the activities, please visit www.CoachArt.org or call 510-992-3485.
San Francisco Bay Area Spotlight
Bert Yip, VOLUNTEER SINCE November 2011
Bert Yip is one of CoachArt’s newer volunteers, but right after his Orientation in late November 2011, Bert jumped in to become the Bay Area’s first matched mentor. Bert and Ricky have been making art together since then, even engaging Ricky’s family to be creative with them.
How did you hear about CoachArt? I heard about CoachArt from Lauren Banister (a rad friend), who posted
about it on her facebook.
How long have you been a CoachArt Volunteer? For about a month now, I’m new!
What made you decide to volunteer with CoachArt? I had been wanting to volunteer and contribute more, and was actually looking into various opportunities to do so when I saw that Lauren was looking for volunteers… it was perfect timing.
What do you like most about volunteering with CoachArt? Interacting with the kids and their siblings. Getting to share our love for creating together is pretty rad!
What type of activities have you done at CoachArt? So far, we have worked on drawing exercises and making polymer clay sculptures. We are starting a paint and sculpture diorama project next.
Why do you volunteer with CoachArt? I have always enjoyed doing what I can to make people happier, so being a volunteer helps fill that hankering to help.
What advice would you give to a new CoachArt volunteer? Hmmm…Just to have fun with it, and share what you love!
What would you like for our readers to know about you? I am hopeful for humankind and the future of our world.