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Review for Sing For Hope, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Sing for Hope has been an invaluable experience, and I would venture to say even life changing. I began volunteering as a singer in August of 2010. The first day, I recall a woman who was blind. The nurse said she had not said a word for over a week. Tentatively and sensitively, I began to sing "Over the Rainbow" for her. By the repeat of the chorus, this precious woman was singing along with me. The nurse began to cry and I fought the tears back. The woman reached for my hand and through tears, said, 'Thank you so much.'
This is just one of many instances. At various hospitals, reality and present ailments are temporarily alleviated as patients escape within the sublime music provided by world class performers.
Another beautiful thing is watching the transformation of the volunteers. Every week, extraordinarily talented performers from so many backgrounds come to the hospitals with all the stresses of being an artist in NY and immediately, they leave their worries at the door to serve, whole-heartedly, and meet the needs of the patients. It always excites me to see how the skills of the performers organically meet the patients requests. Be it a Russian woman who requests a Russian aria (sung in Russian) from a Tchaikovsky opera or a man from the Bronx who wants to hear some blues; the diverse performers from all genres of music, satisfy these various requests.
I have now become a project manager with Sing for Hope, where in addition to performing, I keep track of statistics, facilitate performers to the bedsides of patients and correspond with officials within the nonprofit and hospital. It is an absolute joy.

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

Bringing joy and freedom to patients who are presently suffering.

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

Currently, I can think of no changes. It is run with great order and sincerity.

Role:  Volunteer & Sing and Project Management.