Are you doing your fair share?

Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children, who in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

Featured Charitable Organization:

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What does Art & Creativity for Healing (ACFH) do?

Since 2000, the driving mission of ACFH has been to support emotional healing through art and creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress. ACFH was founded with a vision that the creative process and emotional healing often intersect when words are not adequate, and pain is too deep. 

ACFH assists children, women, men, families and military personnel suffering from the emotional impacts of abuse, illness, grief, fear or stress using their Art4Healing® method. 

Their workshops, designed for non-artists and artists alike, provide expression, encouragement, clarity and insight, and are held at their facility in Laguna Hills, and on-site at hospitals, treatment centers, schools, military facilities, family resource centers, shelters and other nonprofit centers. 

They serve all individuals, regardless of race, creed, sex, age, or emotional stability. 

How many adults/kids does ACFH impact annually?

ACFH provides programs and services for approximately 4,000 Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego county residents each year. 

Why give to ACFH?

From the very beginning, Art & Creativity for Healing has strived to offer their Art4Healing® workshops free of charge to 45+ community partner agencies. They have applied for grants to support these programs and also receive support from foundations and individual donations. Donations are crucial to keep their healing mission thriving and growing. 

Just one workshop or bedside visit can be a life-changing event:

“I healed my loss of a loved one with silence and becoming numb. After taking an Art4Healing® workshop, I feel that I have now healed with love, strength and understanding. I haven’t felt this full since I lost that person until now.”

Whether it is $20 for a Healing Art Box or $50 for a workshop space to any participant you wish to impact, any amount helps strengthen their mission to give pain a voice. 

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This child is delighted to open her Healing Art Box

How to give to ACFH?

Workshops to the 45+ partner agencies are provided free of charge to participants. These workshops include an Art4Healing® Certified Facilitator and art supplies with 10 items needed in order to complete three final paintings. 

The organization also fundraises for the Healing Art Box annual campaign in order to donate 1,500 boxes to the children of the deployed, children in long-term hospital care, children exposed to domestic violence and children whose families are experiencing financial hardship or homelessness. 

Throughout the year, ACFH also contributes to partner agencies and local nonprofits with smaller art bags/projects in order to continue to reach all of their demographics. 

Can I volunteer? 

Yes. ACFH hosts orientations for individuals in the Orange County area to come and learn more about their volunteer program. In the orientation, those who are interested will learn more about the organization and four different volunteer categories. The volunteer requirements include:

–Must attend Art & Creativity for Healing Volunteer Orientation.

–Must be at least 18 years of age.

–Commitment to volunteer at least once every six months.

For more information, visit

What is the ACFH HeARTS for Healing Women’s Guild? 

A compassionate, energetic and creative group of women helping fulfill the mission of Art & Creativity for Healing is the HeARTs for Healing Women’s Guild. Their mission is to be Art for Healing Ambassadors, to support, advocate and fundraise for ACFH in the community. For more information, visit

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A blooming young artist painting his unique creation

What are your major fundraisers and when do they take place?

ACFH hosts an annual Healing Art Box campaign in order to give pain a voice to the underserved and underprivileged children in the community. 

A Healing Art Box is a shoebox filled with 10 brand new art supplies distributed into the hands of children of the deployed military at Camp Pendleton, children whose families are experiencing financial hardship or homelessness, children in long term hospital care and children exposed to domestic violence.

You can coordinate a group to help assemble boxes, help with a Healing Art Box Delivery and Distribution, or start a fundraising page as a leader at

Names of the leadership group

Administrative Team

Laurie Zagon – Founder & Executive Director

Taylor Arias – Program Manager

Amy D’Urso – Program Coordinator

Board of Directors

Rose Aebig – Founder/Director of Ignite HR Partners

Lino Cambaliza – Partner at LT Cambaliza LLP

Dr. Carolyn Cherie – Psychologist, PsyD

Sherri Elgas – Community Advocate and Speaker

Don Goodwin – Executive Vice President of Goodwin Co.

Dipika Kaur – Counseling Psychologist 

Kyle Rooke – Senior Sales Executive at Robinson Pharma

Kathleen Strukoff – Vice President of AON

Tina Van Dam – Attorney

Laurie Zagon – Founder/Director of Art & Creativity for Healing

Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc.

23011 Moulton Parkway, Suite i-5

Laguna Hills, CA 92653


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