SING FOR YOUR SENIORS INC

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1834 2nd Ave Suite 5G NY NY 10128 USA

Mission: This Nonprofit Organization is designed to bring music and stories, energy and imagination into Senior Day Centers, Hospitals, and Living Centers. In doing this we hope to reach out through music and close age gap barriers, creating an open environment and a truly joyous atmosphere. We strive to give them an experience to look forward to, a chance to connect with each other and an opportunity to share in an enriching event. Seniors will be exposed to young Musical Theater professionals working here in New York, and therefore benefit from the quality and professionalism of a “Broadway” performance within the comforts of their current living arrangement. Seniors will be greeted by each performer at the beginning of the performance. Each performer’s mission is not simply to entertain the group, but to form personal bonds and tailor each experience to the taste, history, and emotional temperature of each and every senior in the group. The singers will Serenade and encourage group participation in singing, clapping, or dancing to the music. Requests can be made as well! A focus on repertoire that is important to the group in a personal way allows for meaningful interaction between performer and senior, a mutual understanding of experiences that can lead to a greater sense of community and joy. Discussion is always encouraged during the performance as well as time and attention given to the seniors to connect and interact with the performers and musicians after the performance is over. Our hope is that the experience that a group of seniors has on a particular day of the week carries through to the next six days and that, by undergoing a communal experience, internal relationships at the senior center can strengthen and grow. Social, physical, and emotional barriers can begin to break down. Ultimately, the project should foster a sense of hope in both the young and old. It should cultivate an enthusiasm for the future in whomever participates.
Target demographics: Senior Citizens
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Rating: 5 stars  

It is an honor to write a review for Sing for Your Seniors. I have been involved as a board member and am amazed at this organization's ability to expand, inspire, and contribute to humanity throughout the USA. Led by an inspiring woman, Jackie Vanderbeck, this organization will continue to touch elders in our communities for many years to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the faces of seniors enjoy the work of such talented performers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it to centers across the United States connecting performers and seniors.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been honored to be working with this organization for several years now and the joy that Sing For Your Seniors brings to the patients of the hospitals and care facilities visited are beyond immeasurable. Not only does Sing For Your Seniors lift up the spirits of those people they come in contact with, but, more importantly, for many it also helps to bring solace and a safe environment for emotional catharsis with coming to terms with life's set of circumstances. As the saying goes, "Art and music is healing" and it is demonstrated with Sing For Your Seniors daily.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working as an active performer with them in Hospitals and care facilities in the NY area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would hope that they could grow bigger and expand to many more facilites that need it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having been a part of Sing For Your Seniors board and working on the development of their website, I have watched this organization work tirelessly to bring the joy of music to senior citizens in New York and California. Their passion for their art is overwhelming, and has truly brought so much joy into the lives of others.

You need proof? Just read some of the wonderful comments on their website, not only from the people who ask Sing For Your Seniors to come and sing for them, but from the singers themselves! For any performer out there who is looking for meaning in their art, there is no stronger meaning than watching the faces of those who grew up watching some of the most classic performers of the 20th century STILL enjoying the music that our newer generation brings to the table. A true testament to the power of music, and a true testament to Sing For Your Seniors, an organization that realizes the power that music still has on the world!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... helping to develop their online presence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... not make any!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through my friendship with it's director, Jackie Vanderbeck.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is like no other. It brings the universal language of music to those who are otherwise unable to experience a live performance. You feel an entirely new human connection when you see someone literally light up when they recognize the song you're singing. That's what makes the people at these centers look forward to Sing For Your Seniors performances - even schedule their days around them. And for the performers, you always walk out of a session feeling total joy.

It's just an incredible thing to be a part of, and it's open for anyone to join.


I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how engaged and moved our audiences are by the performances.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find new ways to get the word out to performers. Volunteers are what drive this wonderful program. The more there are, the more people we can reach.

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Rating: 5 stars  


Why should great music in NYC be for only those who are able to get up out of their beds or homes and travel to see a show? Shouldn’t beautiful music and fun songs that bring laughter and joy be brought to everyone? SFYS seeks out those in retirement homes, cancer hospitals, and nursing homes to come to say to them through song “You are valuable and you deserve to hear these songs as much if not more than anyone else.” Those of us who participate I think are reminded of why we do what we do-to bring joy and smiles and meaning to peoples lives. Not only is there music, but there is social interaction. We get the opportunity to create relationships with the seniors. These types of homes and centers can oftentimes feel lonely, lack beauty, and be just a way to pass time. SFYS though doesn’t accept the way things are in the world but strives to make the world a better place. Every session, I believe, is creating the world that ought to be-a place of friendship, hope, and love. Music and stories are a powerful thing! This is a truly wonderful organization that makes a big difference in people's lives!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I love to sing the classics, and I love to see many of the seniors sing along with our tunes. I love to see the way their faces light up, the way they burst into applause when a song is over, and the awe and shock that comes over them when they hear high notes! A woman spoke to me recently and said she had very poor hearing but “I heard every word you sang tonight...do you know what that means...do you know what that means???”

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help make this organization available to more and more seniors throughout NYC!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sing For Your Seniors causes chronic joy! I am so honored to be a part of this organization. Our volunteerism might even be more rewarding to us than it even is to the wonderful people for whom we sing. Music is really a healing and bonding force. More people need to know about SFYS. Spread the word!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the people's faces light up with the recognition of songs they know and even ones they don't.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

SFYS is a truly special organization. They have an effortless way of reaching out and touching the lives of those who may be homebound or otherwise unable to enjoy live performances from professional musicians in the NYC area. Not only does the audience get a real treat!, but SYFS acts as a musical "playground" for actors and musicians to come and discover new things about themselves and their artistry. Not to be missed!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their concerts. Each performance creates new memories, smiles, laughs, and empowering moments for all those involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look to broaden the outreach of the programs to include bigger concerts in larger venues, perhaps at a convention or industrial situation...?

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sing For Your seniors is an amazing organization. I've wanted to volunteer to sing for the elderly in NYC for years and you'd be surprised how difficult it is. SFYS makes it easy to participate and on top of that creates the most wonderful and warm atmosphere. Everyone there gives so much of themselves (both the performers and the audience!) and it's such a heart warming and uplifting experience. I think the work of SFYS is so important and valuable -- spreading joy and creating meaningful connections.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

NYC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not make one change!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have had the pleasure of knowing these wonderful talented people for 6 years. They come to perform at the adult day health center where I work. I can not begin to tell you how much the patients love when they come to perform, the smiles on their faces are priceless! The majority of the patients have Alzhiemers and dementia, some have had strokes, blind, in wheelchairs, but no matter what, it never ceases to amaze me how they sing along, dance in their wheel chairs or clap their hands whenever Sing For Your Seniors come around. Music is universal.. it heals, and these singers definately bring that good medicine!! ! The love and kindness and compassion they have for our patients is so heartwarming..., they are truly a blessing!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how their hard work impacts and touches the patients!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing.. NOTHING! u guys r awesome!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the wonderful opportunity to be involved with this organization for several years and it is truly an inspired non-for-profit! Music is such a huge part of our lives and it's a blessing to be able to share it with those who are unable to get out and enjoy it. It is a gift witness the patients and seniors light up when an old familiar tune is sung. To see them clap, sing along and sometimes get out of their chairs and dance takes my breath away! And SFYS not only brings unbelievable entertainment but social contact as well. We get a chance to meet them, hug them and really get to know them. To see regular attenders in their same spot every week eager to hear the music. Getting Valentine's Day cards from them or just hearing them say it's so nice to see young people reiterates for me every visit, what SFYS is all about.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering as a singer and getting the chance to witness and be a part of the many connections made between the seniors and the entertainers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

My only wish for the organization is that it was available to more centers and more people. That some day it would be large enough to supply the joy of music and entertainment to any center that needed it.

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