Free from Harm is a 501©(3) non profit charitable organization established in 2011 dedicated to ending animal exploitation through building bridges with other social movements, public education campaigns, grassroots activism and farmed animal rescue. We focus on three core programs: online outreach, community outreach and animal rescue.
Our online outreach program focuses primarily on publishing solid content on our website and distributing it to our expansive social media and email platforms. It also involves encouraging our members and followers to take action through a variety of creative digital means, such as letters to the editors of major media outlets, petitions, social networking and more, Our Facebook page alone generates over 800,000 impressions per month from a base of just under 300,000 followers.
Our community outreach program seeks out opportunities to engage directly in our local communities and communities nationwide where we feel we have a captive and targeted audience. These often include vegan festivals, conferences on sustainability, health and wellness, green living and animal ethics. Our founder Robert Grillo speaks to a variety of audiences and on a variety of subjects including churches, social clubs, colleges and universities, libraries and community groups.
Our rescue and rehabilitation program is focused specifically on rescuing, treating and finding suitable homes for abandoned or escaped domestic birds in the Chicago area. Most of our rescues are chickens who have escaped local slaughterhouses or have been abandoned by the owners as former “backyard chickens.” However, we have also rescued domestic ducks, guinea fowl and quail. In addition, we have assisted with rescuing orphaned chicks from school chick hatching projects and educating schools about alternatives to chick hatching programs.
All of our program work seeks t build bridges with other social causes and emphasize the commonalities between various struggles for justice for both human and non human victims of injustice.
Board of Directors
Shuba Iyer, Secretary
Shuba has over 10 years of experience managing global projects for top IT companies and holds a Masters in Information Technology.
Subramanian Iyer, Treasurer
Subu is a banking and financial risk management professional with an MBA in Finance and MIS from Michigan State University.