Give the Gift of Music for World Kindness Day

Violins of Hope with the Farina Foundation will restore and donate gently used instruments brought to Calvary Episcopal Church.

NOTE: Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is a major donor to Violins of Hope through our Jewish Community Foundation, but this is not an official Jewish Federation program. Due to our policy on religious observance, we do not participate in events on Saturdays. 

Calling all music enthusiasts: have you ever considered donating a gently used musical instrument sitting in your attic or basement and collecting dust? Have you sometimes thought about giving that instrument to someone; but didn’t know to whom? Please consider donating your treasure to aspiring youth in Pittsburgh. 

 On November 19, 2023, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO), the Jr. Mendelssohn Choir, and Violins of Hope Pittsburgh are celebrating World Kindness Day at Heinz Hall. Join us as we recognize the power of music, the impact of history, and the compassion of humanity to create a profound impact on the lives of young musicians.  

In keeping with the work of the Violins of Hope, which is focused on restoring and preserving violins that survived the Holocaust, the Farina Foundation will underwrite the cost of cleaning, repairing, or restoring your donated instruments so that aspiring young Pittsburgh musicians will also have an opportunity to experience the joy of music. Just as the precious instruments from the Violins of Hope collection come with their own unique story of resilience and hope, your gift can lift the spirits of one young person and enhance the trajectory of their life.  

Your instrument, once cherished by you, can continue its musical journey. It will provide opportunities for young musicians to nurture their passion while providing a broader mission of preserving the legacy of Violins of Hope. By sharing the gift of music, you contribute to the growth and education of these talented individuals, fostering a community of kindness and artistic excellence.  

Dedicated Violins of Hope volunteers will be in the parking lot of the Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, on Saturday, July 22, from 9:30 AM to Noon, and Sunday, July 30, between 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM to accept your donation. 

Thank you for your consideration and embracing the spirit of World Kindness Day. Together, let us create a melody of kindness that resonates for generations to come. 

With gratitude, 

BARBARA PARKER and LYNN FARBER, World Kindness Day Co-Chairs
SANDY ROSEN, Violins of Hope Pittsburgh Chair
PAT SIGER, Violins of Hope Pittsburgh Co-Chair
LYNN ZELENSKI, Violins of Hope Pittsburgh Project Manager 

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