A Free Bird

Our People

Our Educators

A Free Bird’s mission is to improve the lives of children affected by cancer by empowering them to find their inner artist.
An army of volunteer art educators – teachers, artists, writers, designers, musicians and many more – help children find their artistic passion, then support and coach them on a journey to becoming an artist in their chosen field. A Free Bird began life as a 100% volunteer-run organization, and remains largely volunteer-led, with the necessary support of an external finance team. A Free Bird also utilizes professional art therapists to help children with behavioral problems engage with their creative programs. More than 80% per cent of funds raised goes directly to funding the children’s programs, from providing professional art educators, supplies and equipment to lifetime experiences, art related shows and entertainment.

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are the reason we can deliver amazing experiences to AFB children, and without them the impact we have on their lives would not be possible. That is why it is vital for us to offer a fun, learning environment for our tutors, volunteers and interns.

We believe that every member of A Free Bird is part of a big family that keeps growing. We provide our volunteering body with constant encouragement and training. AFB members have the chance to participate in free workshops including resume building, graphic design, writing, digital marketing and cyber security.

If you would like to join our family, please email us here to get involved!

Mahalia Jackson

Happy Birthday to our amazing head stylist Mahalia Jackson !

Kalpana Patel
Stephanie Yasmin Banat



Our very own PR Coordinator Rachel was honored by the city for her amazing work with A Free Bird!

Congratulations to our volunteers for being recognized by mayoral service recognition program!

Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC

So honored to be recognized by Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Service for the 4th time for our service towards helping children fight cancer through arts!

We are so thankful to all our wonderful volunteers who are always in the spirit of uplifting our mission to benefit children diagnosed with cancer through arts!

As part of our volunteer appreciation program, we partnered with Employee Awareness Association and Cetera Financial Group to provide a financial wellness workshop!

Volunteer of the Month

Ibrahima and Kadiatou

Ibrahima from PR, and
Kadiatou from fundraising

Nurshat, Peter and Kodou
Jannat and Sabrina
Smitha, Jennifer, Mohamed

Smitha from Programs,
Jennifer from HR
and Mohamed from Billing