Society Of Singers

Rating: 4.95 stars   103 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Human Services

Location: 26500 W. Agoura Rd. #102-554 Calabasas CA 91302 USA

Mission: SOS benefits the health and welfare of professional singers by providing a safety net of free and confidential services to those who find themselves in extreme crisis.
Results: SOS has helped well over 3,000 singers to the tune of $3 million.
Target demographics: Professional singers of all genres who have earned their primary income from singing for five years or more. Circumstances must be of an emergency nature.
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor to SOS for years and very recently I needed their help and was amazed at how quickly, kindly and effortlessly they made the whole process. This organization is all about helping singers , sipported mostly by other singers. I am proud to be a part of this circle of love and support ! Cynthia Manley

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SOS kept the lights on when I thought I was headed into darkness. :):)

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

Bring them more supporters !

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

They understood my time of need, and provided financial support to pay my rent during a harsh period of unemployment. They were extremely courteous and efficient. They were great to deal with and guided me through every step of the way for their application process. I am highly grateful to them.

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California

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

make none

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Last year with the bad economy and going through a divorce, I found myself under great financial and emotional strain for the first time in years. A friend recommended SOS to me. I met with Wendy at their office, where I was treated with the utmost of kindness, respect, understanding and empathy. They helped me financially with money towards my rent and phone bill. They also helped point me towards other resources that could be of help to me at this stressful time. It was not easy to ask for help, I had never had to do this sort of thing before. They understand all of this. Wendy and Judy are amazing at their jobs and dedicated to making a difference in people's lives who are struggling. They were the first light that gave me hope and was the beginning of me coming out of a very dark time.

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both financial and emotional ways.

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

I would help them by getting them more volunteers and resources, so they could use their wonderful talents to help other singer's who are struggling.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

In 2003, I was struck with an undiagnosed illness that caused me to shrink to 80 pounds. As a very active musical theatre performer who was currently employed as a performer when this occured, I was at a loss as to where to go for help. Society of Singers saved me. I was able to take residency in an apartment building they owned and while I was struggling to survive, they were always there with financial help and spiritual fortitude. I have since regained my health and have been blessed with a solid career that has enabled me to start to repay some of what SOS provided to me during that daunting period. I will be forever grateful to Wendy Garfinkel and The Society of Singers for the work they do and I look forward to helping to support such a worthy organization in every way that I can.

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

Their support when I was too sick to handle things on my own.

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

Give them a higher level of financial support so they could help more and more people in need.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

During a time of great need Society of Singers stepped in and helped me get back on my feet again. The economic recession had hit, i had just moved here from New York City and my health was in a very poor state, jobs were hard to come by and I was at a loss as to where to turn. The actors fund directed me to the Society of Singer who treated me with great respect and at the end of the day not only helped me financially but managed lift my spirits and help give the strength to lift my spirits and get back on my feet again. All is well now and i give part of the credit to the Society Of Singers.

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many ways, financial as well as settling into Los Angeles from New York CIty and getting my life moving again.

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

give them more resources so they can help as many people as they can. They are extremely helpful and my only desire for them is to give them the ability to do more of it.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Society of Singers is a fantastic organization. Their staff (and Wendy Garfinkle primarily) were responsive, timely and thorough. They helped me when I needed it most and I literally don't know what I would have done without them. Because of my medical conditions and the help they provided me in retaining my health insurance It's not unreasonable to say they may well have saved my life. I don't know how I would have gotten back on my feet without them.

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I was going through a severe period of crises - I had lost a job and was evicted from the room I was renting. I'm also diabetic and have heart disease and wasn't able to pay my private health insurance or get my medications. My medical insurance became critically close to closing. Society of Singers paid for my insurance to get me up to date. After I was able to find another job, SoS also put me in contact with someone looking for a roommate.

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

There was nothing in my experience them that I think needs to be changed. They're a huge godsend.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was told by a friend about SOS. It was a bad year and I was going through a hard time. I had been working temp while working at my craft which is Singing. In show business you are always learning. So you are and should be a life long student. The spring of 2008 I was Amsterdam. working and seeking work. I returned to the states work was slow and the bills were piling up. My rent and utilities were behind. I contacted SOS. i spoke with Wendy. She was great. She was very kind. She did'nt make me feel like I should leave the business. She treated me with respect and dignity. SOS came through. Thanks again SOS for your care and help.

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

Rent and utilities

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

nothing

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I'm sure that SOS was ordained by the Spirit of God Himself. The spirit of giving and helping was made very clear to me in my time of need. I was reluctant about deal with anyone for a hand out, but SOS made me feel that they were there to give me a hand up. I could tell every time I would talk to someone at SOS that they had a real and honest concern for me and what I was going throught. I'm a singer and I had, keyword "HAD" cancer on my lift true vocal cord. I could hear the care and concern in there voices through the phone. They reashured me not to worry about the bills just focus on my treatment. From time to time someone would call just to ashure and comfort me. When I lost my voice in the middle of my treatments, they would email me. They let me know that I was being thought of. SOS outshined some of the spiritual organizations that knew about my situation. Let just say that there prayers helped SOS to help me, because I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe that God put us togather. I'm just about 100% back up and running, and I would like you to help me with one thing. That is to help me to organize a fund raiser or a series of fund raisers to help The Society of Singers. I would like to have your permission and your guidlines to do this. There is no words that can express my greatfulness and appreciation for what SOS has done for me, my family, my career and my life!

God Bless you,
Ronnie

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

Not having to worry about my bills doing my treatment

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

Help Entetainers sponser fundraisers for the organizations.

 
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Ronnie -- you are so thoughtful and so deserving of good health, happiness & fortune. Thank you for your wonderfully kind words and may you be blessed this year and from hereon in! Best to you, Wendy Garfinkel

Rating: 5 stars  

I have a medical condition that has gotten much worse over the past couple years and Wendy Garfinkel and Tami Cassell and Society of Singers were incredibly gracious and gave me a grant to receive medical treatment that I could no longer afford. They were so kind and supportive and they helped me very quickly too. Many nonprofits take a long time to offer assistance. I'm truly grateful and hope someday in the near future I can give back to Society of Singers. Michele Jusko - Singer/Songwriter

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The grant that Society of Singers has helped me to pay for medical treatment I could no longer afford and because of that I'm feeling much better.

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

I really don't have any changes to suggest at this time. I was very impressed with their follow-through and professionalism.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Society of Singers has been a foundation that has helped many singers in their time of need. I have different colleagues that have used the Society of Singers and it's always been a great experience. I found myself in a situation where I needed to use them as well and they made it a painless process. I would highly recommend anyone in the entertainment industry to utilize the services of the Society of Singers

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2010 brought some financial challenges to our family. Being in the entertainment industry you tend to go through feast and famine periods. Well last year was a famine period. We spoke with Wendy at the Society Of Singers and applied for some help. They were able to come through and help get some of our bills paid. The process was relatively simple and Wendy made an uncomfortable experience, comfortable.

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

There isn't anything that I would change, at least from the experience that I personally had with them.

 
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Thank you for your review. We are so pleased to have been able to make a difference for you and your family last year. Our best wishes to all of you for a peaceful, happy & a healthy 2011! Wendy G