Volunteer opportunity description
Every year Hearts & Voices produces an average of 250 concerts, bringing the gift of live music to thousands of people at numerous facilities throughout New York City including hospitals, residential facilities and day treatment centers. Every week, talented musicians from all musical genres volunteer their time to entertain the most appreciative of audiences.
Many New Yorkers living with the virus routinely spend time in facilities that can serve their health needs. Most people in these facilities are not able to go out to enjoy live music and entertainment, so Hearts & Voices brings the beat of the city to them.
Hearts & Voices continuously seeks to adapt to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community by tailoring live performances to meet the desires of patients and residents. The Hearts & Voices artist roster is diverse, and always expanding.
Celebrity performers who have participated include Destiny’s Child, LL Cool J, Stanley Jordan, Jewel, Ethan Hawke, Jon Secada and Floetry, among others.
“… some days I can barely get out of bed, but I know that I have to fight this thing… music helps a great deal, we can sing along, and it makes us feel like we are still a part of society.”
- Carol, patient
“Music is a form of contact to another person (expressing) your feelings. But it’s not done verbally, it’s done through the soul.”
- T. J., patient
Volunteers must be 16 or older. Volunteers who are under 18 need parental consent.
Our volunteer needs
We need volunteers who are free at these times