We Care Arts is a non-profit organization that helps emotionally, mentally and physically disabled adults and youth achieve greater personal independence. Through a variety of art classes and experiences, we promote the artist's individuality, self esteem, community skills, ability to focus, life skills, responsibility, confidence and job skills.
We Care Arts has posted a new video on their Power2Give web page. We are raising money for bus passes so our artists can have the independence to ride the bus to We Care Arts and their appointments. Click here to see why our clients need a "Ticket to Ride"!
We Care Arts is now offering painting classes for EVERYONE! Bring some wine (or not) and come and enjoy an evening of fun and painting! You don't need to have any previous knowledge or skill in painting. We will provide all you need to make the evening loads of fun!
The classes will be taught by our own talented Terry Schalnat in a step by step painting method. We will provide all the painting supplies including a canvas and you will go home with a painting you will be proud to hang on your wall!
Every other month there will be a class with a new painting. This April painting is in the Spring theme of red tulips. The class is the evening of April 16th from 6-8 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how many fellow artists will be coming with you!
The cost of the class is $35.00 and all the proceeds will help support our mission at We Care Arts. For more information on We Care Arts upcoming events, visit our website by clicking here.
Thanks to our fantastic Stebbins High School students!
We always appreciate it when a group of our supporters hold a
fundraiser for us, so imagine our delight when a group of Stebbins High School
students came by recently with $119.56 to support our programs! At our recent auction, they sold $320 more to the attendees for a total of $430.00 donation to We Care Arts!
The initiative came from a study by the Ohio Occupational Therapy
Transition Outcome (OTTO) through Ohio Department of Education where they
wanted the students to develop an understanding of community service and good
citizenship. The challenge was for the Stebbins High School students with
multiple disabilities to come up with a project to earn money for a worthy
organization. The students discussed it and decided that they would support We
Care Arts. Our teacher, Alicia, goes there every week and they thought they
would like to give back in appreciation of what she’s given them.
The students worked with an Occupational Therapist and came up with their
own business plan. They decided what project they were going to do (make
rainbow loom bracelets in school colors red and white), how many they were
going to make, what the cost would be to make them and how much they would sell
them for ($2). They advertised, ran the cash register and promoted the sale
throughout the school. When presented with a problem on the project, they used their
problem solving skills to keep things moving along!
One of the young men involved became a different person during this
process. Before this, he normally had no social interactions with the other
students. But for this project, he would walk up to people and ask if they wanted
to buy a bracelet. The teachers were amazed how this activity caused the young
man to completely alter his social interactions.
The students said they were very proud of themselves and the teachers
were pleased that they were making a difference in the world by giving back.
Donna Berkeley has been an enthusiastic and generous supporter of We Care Arts since our beginnings in 1983. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, Donna is the creative drive and inspiration behind the jewelry available at the We Care Arts Gift Shop and Online Store.Through her guidance, We Care Arts clients and volunteers learn how to combine natural stones, crystals, pearls and other elements with sterling silver, gold, copper and pewter to create original pieces of stunning jewelry.
Below are some examples of Donna's artwork which is available on the We Care Arts Online Store. She also has several pieces of her art work in the Gift Shop located in We Care Arts at 3035 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, Ohio.
Culture Works is excited to be launching power2give on March 6, 2014, becoming the 24th host organization nationally for this powerful online marketplace. Power2give provides a way to mobilize and empower individual donors while giving all nonprofit organizations throughout the Dayton Region the ability to raise funds for arts and culture projects.
We need people to buy a ticket to independence. One of the biggest obstacles for many of our participants is the cost of transportation. Because many of them rely on public transportation and are on a fixed income, they are restricted by these transportation costs. They must carefully plan their month of travel based on what they can afford to do, not where they need to go. Sometimes it is a choice between going to the grocery or coming to their weekly art class at We Care Arts. Often, by the end of the month, they cannot afford to go anywhere, which leaves them isolated from the support they need to manage their disabilities.
Making a difference in someone’s life is priceless. With a monthly bus pass, a person gets unlimited rides. This gives them the opportunity to go everywhere they need to during that month. They can go to their scheduled appointments, the pharmacy, the grocery, the library and the food bank, which many of them depend on each month. They can visit friends and family without having to sacrifice missing an appointment or trip to the store. They can go to We Care Arts, where being encouraged by friends and exercising their creativity helps with a positive attitude, and they can potentially earn a little money. They find independence and become contributing members of our society when they are able to get to their needed support systems. Most importantly, they will no longer be isolated because they have a way to get to the places that help them stay healthy.