Junior Junior League partners with Daniel’s Music Foundation
The NYJL’s youngest volunteers, the Junior Junior League (JJL), teamed up with a new community partner, Daniel’s Music Foundation (DMF), to make music and meaningful experiences with its disabled members on Thursday, October 13.
Junior volunteers ages 8-10 were first welcomed by DMF founders Daniel Trush and his family during which they were given an overview of the non-profit organization and its mission to empower individuals with physical and developmental disabilities through music. They talked about using music to build community, foster acceptance and generate respect. After a brief tour of the state-of-the-art music center, the JJL assisted instructors helping DMF members experience the transformative benefits of music for a full 50-minute class.
The children were each assigned to a specific classroom including a drumming circle, a piano lesson, a guitar class and a general singing and dancing experience, and they all jumped right into the action. It was wonderful to watch the junior volunteers grow increasingly comfortable in their surroundings and embrace their new friends as they shared their talents and enthusiasm with them.
Kevin Neary, age 8, said
“At first I was scared when my mom told me that we were going to be doing this, but it ended up being really fun.”
The event made tangible the lesson that despite our many differences, everyone can find some common ground on which to interact – in this case, music.
Thank you, DMF, for an incredibly rewarding afternoon!