My name is Anika Seth, and I’m a rising senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. I’ve been involved with the Tacy Foundation since the first grade, and in the eleven years since, I have had the distinct privilege of growing up both within and alongside the Foundation. Since when I started, in 2009, the Foundation has grown from one live performance a month at the Asbury Assisted Living Home in Gaithersburg, Maryland to over 70 live events a month all across Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the District – and that’s before we consider other projects, lke CD recordings and fundraisers.
In an article I wrote last year for the website’s blog describing what the Foundation means to me, I wrote that “the Foundation has taught us [volunteers] to communicate, to listen, to sympathize, and to empathize.”
There has been no time that this sentiment has been truer than the present. We volunteers must remember that while the ongoing covid-19 pandemic continues to affect us all in different ways, we each are blessed with some level of fortune. I know that for me personally, I am lucky to have a comfortable roof over my head, relative financial stability, good health (with respect to myself and my immediate family), and above all, the unending support of my family members. Even when I feel anxious, even when I feel overwhelmed, and even when I feel alone, I have the privilege of falling back on that support, and it keeps me – and so many of us – going, taking it day by day. But for so many members of our community, especially residents of hospitals and senior homes, this is not the case. And to top it all off, they are also the demographic most predisposed to severe covid-19 complications, making this threat still more apparent for them.
There is no time to serve like the present. Amidst quarantine, the Foundation has managed to find a way to continue to make an impact, through a series of at-home covid-19 relief activities, including compiling an online library of live music and sharing it with hospitals and senior homes. We continue to leverage music – a tool that, above all, is used for connections, for hope, and for healing – to spread light in a time of darkness. We continue to leverage music – an activity that, while often misconstrued as primarily competitive, is instead a platform to dream, to share, and to love – to demonstrate our support. And we continue to leverage music to show all members of our community that even when they feel anxious, overwhelmed, and alone, we stand together in solidarity – now and always.
If you are unsure of where to start or where to go next, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Mrs. Charlotte Holliday, Founder & Executive Director, at email@example.com. This summer, let’s all make it our priority to give back to our community. There is no time to serve like the present, and no effort is too big or too small.Anika Seth