More Summer Happenings: June and July have been such an awesome revelation of playing it forward. First, Violin Shop Tampa did a complimentary tune-up on violin we brought in that would go to the younger sibling below. They then told one of their customers looking to donate a Cello about Redemption Song a few days after. We met the cello donor and the family we were granting the violin, guitar and accessories to – same spot, same mission, same act.
Spring to Summer Happenings: The last few months have been exciting and fulfilling! The organization received a fourth feature on Fox local news and a 20 minute soul to soul radio interview with host of the weekly Public Affairs show, Monica Sandoval. The Cox Media show aired on 6 major commercial radio stations. That was amazing!
In 2007, Hawa Atongi, in Ghana, Africa, became an international student recipient. Here parents were not in a position to provide her with a certain standard of education. We stepped in, ensuring her quality, lifetime education through 2019. She is now teaching and aspires to be a musician and an amazing writer. In December we published Hawa: (“Honestly words cannot explain how I feel right now, I am so happy that I feel as if I won a Grammy.”)
- Our in person clothing contribution event has been postponed due to Covid 19, Omicron variant. The in person event will resume in the near future.
- We continue to support students seeking volunteer hours for college scholarships and passing on valuable skill sets. This month we will be awarding, high school senior, Amelia with a Star Volunteer Certificate, as as she departs from us, after a year of of stellar performance.
We supported Feeding America’s donation drive, in partnership with one of our contributors, by donating over 50lbs of food to their December food drive, in light of our concerns of the impact of poverty on food disparity.
The Fall Products Impact Project, part 1 (creating a stockpile of high quality merchandise to be distributed to people in need), was an amazing success! We reached our goal of a significant number of high quality, durable, merchandise, valued at over $10,000. Part 2 of this project involves distribution to people in economically depressed communities. Come back to learn and see more about who received these items.
Through our partnership with Good360, we are embarking on the Fall Products Impact Project of building a stock pile of amazing , high quality, clothing, children’s toys and books as well as household goods that will be distributed to families living in high poverty level communities. Good360 helps nonprofit businesses execute their mission and expand their impact by offering them high end merchandise at discount rates.
We recently partnered with The Grow Group, who helps people with disabilities gain employment skills and experience, while they simultaneously earn an income. It was a pleasure to impart valuable work skills that increase employment and personal growth opportunity to their client base.
Student winner of the 2020 Pandemic Raffle
This month, through our Music Scholarship program, we featured the 1st of a series of very fun pandemic raffles for the students that we continue to support in music.
The first winner, from the Appalachian region, received this amazing guitar that even professional players love a whole lot. The Jasmine S-35.
The Music Cart: Washburn, Teton Guitars and more. All sales help us to continue this amazing mission.