Use Amazon Smile to Help SOHP

Another way you can help Sounds of Hope Project without spending a dime is by using Amazon Smile. As you do your holiday shopping this year please sign up for AmazonSmile so that Sounds of Hope Project can receive donations from your eligible Amazon purchases at no extra cost you. If you shop on Amazon, please go to smile.amazon.com and select Sounds of Hope Project from the list of participating charities. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Sounds of Hope Project. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

You pay nothing extra, and SOHP gets help with our mission.

If you’ve already signed up for AmazonSmile, you can change your charitable organization to Sounds of Hope Project by signing into smile.amazon.com, going to your account, and selecting the option to change your charity using the navigation at the top of the page.

Thanks for using this easy and painless way to help us bring hope to others!

Vote for SOHP in Giving Tuesday Contest

GivingTuesday.org will donate to organizations participating in their My Giving Story event. To read the story of our founder, Mary Lou Lydecker. and vote for her entry please go to .http//goo.gl/qHGXex. That will take you directly to Mary Lou’s picture and story on the GivingTuesday, MyGivingStory site. You will be asked to check “I am not a robot” then enter your email address. Mary Lou’s story will appear. Click on “vote”in the upper left corner.

Thank you for supporting SOHP and its mission. Please vote once a day from now until December 7.

Rays of Hope Released

Sounds of Hope Project has released its new CD, Rays of Hope. Previous blog posts explained the process of developing, recording, and producing our newest CD. It is finally here!

This CD of piano music combines the talents of our founder, Mary Lou Lydecker, and Mark Graham, pianist and piano technician at Baldwin Wallace University.

The music has a flavor of “classical meets turn of the century popular program music,” with selections ranging from upbeat to lilting, from love songs to contemplative songs. The classical genre on this CD includes Debussy’s Two Arabesques, Reverie, and Clare de lune. The more popular pieces range from Hawthorne’s Whispering Hope to Nevin’s Un Giotto in Venezia (a four song set).

To donate a CD to the organization of your choice and receive a copy for yourself as SOHP’s thank you, please call Mary Lou at 440-582-4350 or email us at soundsofhopeproj@aol.com to request more information.

Donate to SOHP via AmazonSmile with no cost to you

Please sign up for AmazonSmile so that Sounds of Hope Project can receive donations from your eligible Amazon purchases at no extra cost you. If you shop on Amazon, please go to smile.amazon.com and select Sounds of Hope Project from the list of participating charities. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Sounds of Hope Project. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

You pay nothing extra, and SOHP gets help with our mission.

If you’ve already signed up for AmazonSmile, you can change your charitable organization to Sounds of Hope Project by signing into smile.amazon.com, going to your account, and selecting the option to change your charity using the navigation at the top of the page.

Thanks for using this easy and painless way to help us bring hope to others!

SOHP Releases All Strings CD, Strings of Hope

Music therapists and activities directors using our CDs in hospitals, hospices, and nursing homes suggested a CD of all string music. We’ve been working on that for about a year and released Strings of Hope in December.

Strings of Hope features two harp therapists, Sarah Schwartz and Melanie Brown, a classical guitarist, Robert Gruca, two violinists, Chin Kim and Sr. Gerda Moehler, with accompanists David Oei and Carolyn Hansen, and an Irish fiddle group called “The Clash of the Tartans” whose members are Alyssa Schreiber, violin; Erica Tompkins violin/bochran, Elizabeth Crowe, cell/banjo, and GeorgeannTropiano, guitar

Strings of Hope

Sounds of Hope’s new CD will be Strings of Hope featuring string instruments. The CD will feature wonderfully talented performers: two harpists, an Irish string group, a classical guitarist, and two violinists. We began recording last week.

Feedback from nursing home and hospices using SOHP’s CDs suggested that string music would be a welcome addition to our CD repertoire. We look forward to launching this exciting new CD later this year.

Sounds of Hope Project Spreads Hope for the Holidays

Saint Albert the Great parish’s (North Royalton, Ohio) craft show in December gave Sounds of Hope Project a way to sell and donate music CDs during the holidays. We also met so many wonderful people! Thank you to all who purchased CDs and to those who stopped to talk to us. We know the donated CDs you made possible will comfort those who hear them.

Testimomial — SOHP’s Music Brings Comfort and Peace

In response our donation of CDs and CD players to Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, SOHP received this thank you note for our gift of music:

Along with our residents, I bring our sincere thanks for your generous gift for our residents.

• The gift brings the world of music to those who may not have anything else to enjoy.
• The gift brings hours of entertainment to those who love music and like it as part of their everyday living.
• The gift brings comfort and peace as a resident begins the journey to eternal life.

Now you understand the reason for our deep gratitude along with the joy of experiencing the goodness and generosity of you good people!

Blessings –
Sister Donna Mikula
Director of Pastoral Care

Give Hope on “Giving Tuesday,” December 2, 2014

We’ve all heard of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” but have you heard of “Giving Tuesday?”

“Giving Tuesday” is a day, once a year, set aside for people everywhere to donate to a non-profit charity of their choice. A day of giving, not getting. A day of calmness and thinking of others, not beating down the doors of stores or websites.

There are so many worthy non-profits and individuals who need your help financially. Why not “give hope” this year to someone in need? Donate to the Sounds of Hope Project to give hope to a hospice, a nursing home or shut-in this holiday season.

Please consider participating in “Giving Tuesday,” this year celebrated on Dec. 2. Whether you donate to the Sounds of Hope Project or any other charity of your choosing, you will certainly be getting a wonderful gift of hope as you give hope to others.