Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief


providing disaster relief, recovery and support for building resiliency – to communities affected by disasters, human conflict, environmental devastation, poverty and social injustice

aka AWB   |   El Cerrito, CA   |


AWB's mission is to interrupt the devastating effects of trauma by reducing suffering and helping individuals and communities find greater balance and resiliency. We use community-style ear acupuncture as a powerful, simple, safe way of helping people "reset" their nervous systems to a greater state of calm, quiet and clarity. When a group experiences this relief from chaos, hope, determination and resiliency can begin to be restored, which allows communities to move forward.

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executive director

Gerri Ravyn Stanfield

Main address

3439 NE Sandy Blvd503.477.9731 3304

El Cerrito, CA 97232 USA

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Cause area (NTEE code) info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Medicine of Peace

Acupuncturists Without Borders’ treatments help the survivors of human-made and natural disasters recover – and sleep, eat and think – so they can begin to put their lives back together. Without this type of intervention, when traumatic events happen, the people impacted can become stuck in an imbalanced state, physiologically, known as “fight or flight.” This can lead to post traumatic stress, PTS. When people have PTS, they are more likely to be angry or even violent and to perpetuate trauma in their families and communities.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) has been providing trauma healing acupuncture services in Israel and the West Bank for the past four years. The one thing that all people in this land share is trauma, from war, displacement, dispossession of land, and violent persecution. We believe that unresolved trauma is often passed from generation to generation, and is an obstacle to individual, community and national wellbeing. Trauma keeps fear alive and prevents human contact, diminishing the chances for co-existence and peace. Most people we work with in Israel say theirs is a “PTSD” country. Palestinians say the same. Acupuncture helps prevent and resolve trauma by “resetting” the nervous system, enabling us to move beyond fear, to think rationally and cooperatively. AWB offers acupuncture treatment to everyone regardless of tribal, religious or political affiliation. Our work is apolitical and Left: Practitioner trainings in Israel; Right: AWB mobile clinic practitioners and participants in the West Bank 2 inclusive, fulfilling a challenging mission given that everything in this region is politically and emotionally charged. We call this the MEDICINE OF PEACE. Since 2014, AWB has • trained over 120 Jewish and Arab-Israeli acupuncturists and medical workers • helped develop AWB Israel as a non-profit organization, dedicated to providing treatment, training and education to Israelis and Palestinians about the benefits of trauma healing • provided over 10,000 treatments in Palestinian villages, Jewish settlements, for displaced Sudanese refugees, for Holocaust survivors, and Israeli soldiers

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

The Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) provides free acupuncture treatments for veterans, active military personnel, reservists and their families. The MSRP began in 2006 with a pilot clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and currently includes over 30 AWB-affiliated clinics across the country. AWB created the MSRP program during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because so many soldiers and veterans were suffering the effects of trauma without effective treatment within the military medical system. Pharmacological treatments for post-traumatic stress (PTS) have been shown to be relatively ineffective and can create chemical dependence with devastating side effects, including increased suicide rates. AWB has pioneered the use of acupuncture as a safe, effective, non-pharmacological therapy for returning soldiers that fills this trauma treatment gap. Clients at MSRP clinics experience benefits such as a full night’s sleep for the first time in years and fewer bad dreams. They experience improved mental clarity, less anxiety and depression and a renewed interest in social relationships and community. Many subsequently report that they are able to reduce medication dosages for a wide variety of symptoms that are co-morbid with stress and post-traumatic stress, including pain and insomnia. AWB’s Community Service Clinic Program grew out of its Military Stress Recovery Program, which offers treatments for stress and trauma to veterans, active military and their families. Each community service clinic affiliated with AWB serves a unique audience within the local community, including populations such as: elders, people with limited access to healthcare and refugees.

Population(s) Served

Acupuncturists Without Borders’ Nepal program has been in operation since 2009. Currently, AWB’s focus is on organizations and programs in the following areas: - Trafficking of women and girls, and children - Women and children victims of domestic violence - Empowerment of women with substance addiction - Disaster response preparedness and post trauma treatments

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Since May 2016, AWB has offered trauma-healing treatments in Greece where over 60,000 people from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries live in 50 refugee camps. Many refugees experience significant trauma from war, displacement, dangerous migration, and loss of friends and family. Immigrating to EU countries like Germany is not a possibility for them because they migrated to Greece after the border to the rest of Europe was closed in March 2016. They are stranded in Greece until they receive asylum there, or are likely to be deported back to the Middle East. Greece cannot provide an economic future for them (many Greeks have no work) and deportation can mean death. AWB is the first organization that we know of that has brought trauma reduction acupuncture to refugee camps in Greece. Our mission is to create as much “capacity” as possible, which is why we are now training Greek acupuncturists to offer treatments. In October and December 2016, AWB trained 20 Greek practitioners who are working in teams to offer treatments twice weekly at the Ritsona and Oinyfyta camps. Since May 2016 AWB has sent eight volunteer teams to Greece. Moving forward, AWB intends to: Create new refugee support clinics in the US. In 2019, we especially intent to build on our trauma-relief project at the Texas/Mexico border in Brownsville, TX, to treat migrants, asylum seekers and community first responders. Continue direct service in the refugee camps we are currently working in and expand services to five more camps in mainland Greece. Train more Greek acupuncturists to provide treatments. We are supporting them by offering training, transportation and supply stipends. Train acupuncturists in European countries such as Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands who are working with over 1 million resettling refugees.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

In 2010 Haiti was hit with a huge earthquake that flattened the capital city of Port-au-Prince, as well as many surrounding areas. Following generations of political, environmental and economic hardship in the country, the earthquake disaster devastated this little country. Acupuncturists from around the United States begged AWB to mount a relief effort in Haiti. With support from private sponsors and relief coordinators, as well as Mayway and other organizational sponsors, AWB began sending relief teams to Haiti. In 2010 eight relief teams offered approximately 5,000 treatments. Subsequently AWB provided three trainings for a total of 120 local health care practitioners. Currently AWB trainees in Haiti offer six weekly clinics, and AWB provides ongoing support for a part-time local clinic coordinator. AWB volunteers have offered over 30,000 life-giving treatments in Haiti, and there is demand by local health care practitioners for an additional training if funds can be raised.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), community meetings/town halls, constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    New board member and staff additions will be from BIPOC communities to expand diverse leadership in the organization.



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Board of directors
as of 9/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Diana Fried


Term: 2005 -

Board co-chair

Laurie Ann Kleinman M.D.

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

Term: 2014 -

Carla Cassler

Abba Anderson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/17/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/17/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


acupuncture, disaster, relief, trauma, recovery, community