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Music4Heart July Newsletter : A Month of New Beginnings



Chloe Jeon (12th Amador Valley High School)


From holding a fundraiser to donating to Dimond Care in Oakland and Julie’s Care Home in San Francisco, July was filled with new beginnings, opportunities, and paths for our organization. This month marked the start of our efforts to fundraise by selling masks. Our fundraising event involved lots of work creating signs, tables, posters, videos, and of course, the masks we were going to sell. However, the hours we spent both before and during the event paid off, and in more ways than just the funds we raised. This new effort to raise money simultaneously allowed us to give more people access to PPE (especially our cotton masks), thus accomplishing two goals at once! It was an excellent starting point that paved the way for our online store, another new endeavor that has worked out better than we had originally planned. Additionally, we donated to Dimond Care for the first time. It’s always wonderful to see familiar faces like the Parkview Senior Center, especially when seeing those faces means that the recipients enjoyed our masks so much that they wanted more. However, it’s also great to reach out to a broader range and distribution of people, as well, and I am so glad we got to donate to these two facilities this month. Finally, after the busyness of June, we were able to put together another virtual concert for everyone watching our YouTube channel! It was fun being able to go back to this familiar routine in the midst of all this new. I’m grateful for both the new and the familiar opportunities and experiences we had this month, and I’m excited for what the future has in store for us in the coming months.



Andrew Choi (12th, Amador Valley High School)

July was a busy month, especially in terms of trying new things out for EBPPE. Earlier in the month, we tried out a fundraising campaign by starting a store with masks, ear savers, and hand soaps. The event went well and we would consider it a success. One thing that we had to consider this month is the continuation of our benefit concerts. We have been preparing our pieces for a video each month and we have been thinking about getting more viewership on our benefit concerts especially with the ongoing effort it takes to choose a piece, practice it, and edit the video. We have started brainstorming ideas to do different things with our music, not just benefit concerts but maybe we could start looking into rehearsing bigger pieces together in person (socially distanced, of course), but nothing is certain for now. We also participated in a farmers market booth for a senior living home and donated PPEs to passersby. It was a pretty relaxing event while we casually handed out PPEs and had small interactions with people. It was enjoyable and I was glad that we were able to volunteer for the group, especially since they were also participating in the previous events for donating PPEs. Helping them again in this situation was enjoyable and being able to volunteer for more organizations like them was rewarding.



Ella Jeon (8th, Pleasanton Middle School)


This month was busy, but exhilarating. We put much effort into many factors of our organization, including a fundraising website. There was much effort put into building the website itself and taking the pictures of the different designs to upload. I was able to talk to some of our customers, discussing dates, designs, and sizes of the products they were planning on buying. It made me happy to see our products were selling well, and grateful to see so many people willing

to help support our cause, helping to fund us. I think the fundraising website was a great part of this month and has really made a difference in our organization. Another big part of this month was a volunteer event at the farmer’s market. There we met some of the fellow volunteers we had worked with in the previous month, at the other big volunteer event with packaging PPE and delivering in a drive-thru format. They were very kind and welcoming, talking to us warmly and making pleasant conversation throughout our hours together. As for our main purpose in the volunteer session, we would offer bags of PPE and cold ice water. The PPE bags were mainly for the seniors and the waters were offered to everyone. It was a scorching hot day and the heat was hard on everyone. It was great to be able to help other people out in that heat, especially since we were all working hard together. Finally, we also had another Music For Heart concert, which was great. I look forward to what creative and unique ideas we may be able to come up with for future concerts!



Erin Yang (11th, Mission San Jose High School)


This past month has a lot of new changes, which was really great. We started the EBPPE fundraiser store which I think was the biggest accomplishment of the month, and also attended some PPE donation events. We also had our July concert as usual. I think one thing we should do is to try and spread word about the benefit concerts more because we worked really hard to perform these songs, so it's kind of a waste of our time and energy if only a few people get to see them. Or perhaps instead of just a concert every single month, which gets boring, we could make music videos with a purpose. For example, relaxing music soundtracks or maybe movie music medleys. There was also the idea of story telling with music for sound effects in the background, which is something interesting to think about. I think something like that would be a lot harder to arrange though, since we'd have to set up a meeting with certain kids to be the audience, which might get even harder as we go back to school. At the ombudsman booth where they gave out free PPE to seniors, I had fun despite the intense heat. It feels really nice seeing people thankfully accept the PPE we offer and the lively atmosphere of the event made everything quite pleasant. One of the people from elegance living also offered us soft serve which I appreciate very much. At the event, they also asked us some questions about our reasons for volunteering and our plans for the future and it really made me think about what our goal was before and is now, and whether it changed at all. I think at the very root of it, we volunteer because we have the privilege of being able to and the benefits of doing so, even if they aren't material, greatly outweigh the costs.












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Founder

Chloe Jeon 

12th Grade

 Amador Valley High School

Founder 

Andrew Choi

12th Grade

Amador Valley High School

 Founder 

Ella Jeon

8th grade

Pleasanton Middle School

Public Relations

Erin Yang

11th grade

Mission San Jose High School

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The Corona Virus (COVID-19) has thrown the world into a global crisis.  This pandemic is affecting every aspect of life for all communities, regardless of where we live. During this unprecedented crisis, we need to look beyond our fears and reach out to those who are in greater need than us. We are fortunate enough to be healthy and safe in our homes, and what better way to use our extra time and energy than to help essential front line workers who put their lives on the line to combat COVID-19?

Music4Heart.org is a volunteer organization that performs music for seniors and children with special needs, and now, we are turning our attention to COVID-19. We are planning to have virtual concerts to share the healing powers of music during this difficult time. 

We are also organizing a campaign to help donate masks and other PPE to East Bay hospitals and other facilities with at-risk populations, and we would greatly appreciate your help. We have already bought some PPE, but with our limited budget, we can only buy so many.

Thank you for your generosity! Your monetary and PPE donations will help us fight the spread of COVID-19 in the highest risk groups in our community.

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