We begin the new year with hope and love for the communities in the nation’s capital.
We reach out to all volunteers with gratitude and encourage each one to continue sharing music, stories, art, and life experiences with others. Your own personal message may be the very one that reaches someone desperately needing a dose of hope. Be brave, courageous, and strong. You are my heroes!
We are so fortunate to be able to serve! We have played for seniors, mentored Title 1
children in piano, guitar, and music theory, and have met visitors and staff with sounds
of beautiful music as they entered and exited hospitals. Returning in person has
connected us to a deeper appreciation of how we are changed by those receiving the
music, stories, art, and cards. We, too, are lifted by the warm response of seniors to us.
Even in their loss of loved ones, sadness, frustration, and despair, they have opened their grateful hearts to say, “Thank you for coming with music that we love!”
Hundreds of young volunteers have added holiday songs to their live music
performances in Virginia and Maryland. They have played in person at these facilities:
Asbury Methodist Village (weekly)
Bedford Square Court in Silver Spring
Brighton Gardens in Chevy Chase
Brightview Fair Oaks
Brightview Great Falls
Brookdale in Olney (re-opens January 2022)
Eden Home on Gainsborough Road
Eden Home on Liberty Lane
Harmony at Chantilly
Hunters Woods at Trail’s End
The Seneca in Rockville
Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Oakton Hunter Mill Sunrise
Sunrise in Rockville
Tall Oaks in Reston
Waltonwood Assisted Living
Holy Cross Hospital Germantown (weekly)
Holy Cross Silver Spring (bi-weekly)
National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Center July, August, September,
We welcome two new affiliates: A family in Alaska who has received CDs at the Fisher House there has now joined in the live music for the holidays in Anchorage.
Needham High School in Massachusetts has established a Tacy Club, thanks to Matthew Weber. They have organized and played music for a senior facility.
497 songs are now posted on the video playlist link sent in the December newsletter.
We thank Children’s National Hospital for receiving the Reading Express Video Playlist (141 stories) broadcast directly into children’s hospital rooms. They also have access to the songs from the from the YouTube playlist.
Not only did music fill our lives on weekends, but also cards, both homemade and pre-
printed, filled the drop boxes in four locations. 4000 cards have been delivered to the above facilities and to other facilities that have not begun live music yet, to the Frederick Health System, and to Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
In addition to hospital and senior facilities, the military received 750 hand-delivered
cards, 600 USBs of music from teens. First Responders Children’s Foundation
received 400 USBs. West Point will receive 250 cards from a Tacy alumnus returning
there in January.
Many thanks to MCPADNET and to Rolling Hills Recording Studio for their diligence. During the hardships of COVID-related challenges, they continued to offer their services for preparing and shipping items sent to the First Responders’ warehouse in Michigan, to Andrews Joint Base, and to Quantico Marines Joint Base.
Congratulations to the amazing Cards Team for organizing and completing the holiday
cards projects by Christmas week! Thank you to all those volunteers and their
parents taking the initiative to design and deliver on time. Well done!!
Thanks also to those who sent email messages of holiday cheer to Alison Boynton,
Programs Manager. She has faithfully collected the messages, jokes. coloring books,
crossword puzzles each month. Then, she has sent them to Activity Directors of
each senior facility.
Enjoy stories below from a century ago, from the cards team and from Siddharth Kondam, graduating senior at Wooten High School in Maryland.
January brings new possibilities for service!
Happy New Year!
Aiming to spread good cheer to people who would appreciate an uplift is hardly a new
concept, of course. The following link tells a lovely story of volunteers taking such action over a century ago.
(Newspapers.com is associated with ancestry.com.)
In December, countless Tacy Foundation volunteers participated in our annual Holiday Cards Project. Because of the volume of cards and coordination of delivery of cards, we had two delivery due dates, one in late November and the other in mid-December. The entire project was a huge success!
Volunteers donated their time by creating handmade cards and also by writing
handmade messages on the beautiful, red-colored, pre-printed Tacy Foundation
cards. The pickup and drop-off locations for the cards were in Rockville, Germantown
and Clarksburg, Maryland along with Centerville, Virginia. These various locations
enabled our volunteers to pick the location that was most convenient for them!
Once the cards were dropped off by volunteers, our Cards Team sorted the cards into
bags of 90-100 assorted cards per bag. At the Rockville location, Intern Mario Lara read each card and separated the cards with military messages, religious messages, and
general non-religious holiday messages. He then sorted the cards so each facility would
receive an assortment of 90-100 appropriate cards.
Most assorted bags of cards were then initially delivered to Ms. Holliday in
Germantown, and then the bags were mailed or delivered to various facilities. Medical
facilities included Holy Cross hospitals in Silver Spring and Germantown, Frederick
Memorial Hospital, Shady Grove Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville, Suburban
Hospital in Bethesda, NIH Clinical Research Center, and Fisher Houses at Walter Reed
National. Military facilities included Andrews Air Force Joint Base, Quantico Marine
Base and West Point! We also provided cards to other local subsidized-housing
Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in this annual project. A special thank
you to our Chief Cards Project Interns Mario Lara, Riona Sheikh, and Matthew Kim for
leading the project. Of course, thank you to Ms. Holliday for coordinating all the
interactions and delivery with the receiving facilities.
In 2022, please continue to support the Cards Projects by participating in our year
around Cheerful Messages for Hospital Patients and of course our other annual projects like Thanking our Military Personnel in May/June/July. Be on the lookout for signups for other cards projects and of course, email us at email@example.com to request information about our projects.
-- Karina Willis-Lara, Adult Supervisor for the Cards Team, The Tacy Foundation
A Volunteer’s Musical Journey
When I first started playing piano, I hated my weekly lessons. The simple songs I
learned were bland and boring. But eventually, I progressed from Hot Cross Buns to
Moonlight Sonata. Through time, Mrs. Holliday nurtured my love of the piano and
sparked my appreciation for sharing music. I began playing the piano as a volunteer of
the Tacy Foundation, sharing music every Sunday with a community of senior citizens
at Liberty Lane. I won’t forget the elderly residents’ joyful expressions, when they
remembered songs that they last heard 50 years ago, nor the bonds I created.
While organizing their seats, I discovered that Mrs. Johnson was adamant about her
seat facing away from the piano so she could truly “feel the music.” Her love of music
motivated me to perform all the Christmas songs she enjoyed.
I learned the residents’ favorite song was “Blue Suede Shoes” when they tapped their
feet and sang along as I performed. Their musical preferences kindled my love for Ray
Charles and other R&B singers from the ’50s and ’60s. My identity as a pianist has helped me connect with a community I love, enabling me to learn more about myself through my interaction with others. -- Siddharth Kondam
Educational Mission: Foster youth development through music, story and mentoring
Philanthropic Mission: Empower youth to discover and use their gifts in service to others
Social Mission: Build community partnerships and create intergenerational connections
Whom We Serve
Individuals who want to serve
How We Serve (Programs)
Live music concerts
COVID projects through video, email, cards, puzzles for outreach to the community
Charlotte Holliday, Founder and Executive Director
Matthew D. Scott, Graphic Editor
Michael Favin, Chief Editor
Siddharth Kondam, Teen Editor
Ethan Schenker, Teen Editor
|Donations are appreciated. All adult and teen staff are volunteers. No salaries or benefits.
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