Get to know our volunteers!
Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at the Children’s National Medical Center.
How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering for five years.
Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide
What is your occupation outside of MOC? Government Attorney
What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? Throughout college, I tutored children who were patients at a local hospital so they could continue their academic development and studies while undergoing medical treatment. I also volunteered at an outpatient children’s clinic, where I played games with patients while they waited for their appointments. The patients I met during these experiences were incredibly inspiring, and I decided quickly that I wanted to become involved with an organization that infused joy into the lives of patients. I discovered Musicians on Call while researching summer internship opportunities back in 2001(!), and the rest is history. I had an amazing time interning with MOC in New York City, and knew that if given the chance, I would love to remain involved with MOC. Fast-forward to 2014, and my wish came true because I was able to start being a guide with MOC at Children’s National in Washington, DC.
What makes MOC different from your other volunteer experiences? It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve brightened up a patient’s life.
Has your life changed because of your experience with Musicians On Call? I can’t imagine my life without MOC! Each program is incredibly rewarding. I feel very fortunate that through my role as a guide, I can see MOC’s extremely talented musicians bring joy to patients.
What is your favorite #MOCmoment? It’s really hard to pick one because each MOC performance is special!
I’ve been a guide for a few performances where the patient may seem to be nonresponsive to the music, but then I see the patient crack a smile, tap a finger, or wiggle a toe, and I know that I’ve just witnessed the power of music!