Are you looking to support a local Music & Memory program? There are many ways to help! Thanks to people like you, we’re spreading our program to nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living facilities, hospices and other elder care settings throughout the U.S. and beyond.
You can get involved by hosting an iPod donation drive, volunteering in a neighboring certified facility, organizing a fundraiser, or showing us your leadership skills by acting as a Volunteer Ambassador (more detailed information below). You can even start your own Music & Memory chapter at your school or college.
Here are just a few stories of how Music & Memory volunteers have made a huge impact:
Promote an iPod Donation Drive
An iPod donation drive is a great way to collect gently used digital devices for people who need them most, support your local community or a sister community in need, and raise awareness for Music & Memory.
This is a wonderful activity for a grade school, high school or college community service project; church, synagogue or mosque community outreach; or service club program.
Anyone whose family member or friend has been affected by Alzheimer’s will have a strong motivation to contribute. In addition, as more and more people switch their music collections from iPods to smartphones, there’s a growing supply of second-hand iPods. We want to keep these devices out of landfills and put them into the hands of elders who can really benefit from personalized playlists
We always need new and gently used iPods to distribute among our expanding network of MUSIC & MEMORY® Certified Care Organizations. If you wish to donate, download our donation form and pre-printed mailing label.
You’ll find everything you need by downloading our free resource guide:
How to Run an iPod Donation Drive
Add your organization’s name to this PDF, to promote a service project that will help Music & Memory:
MUSIC & MEMORY® Service Project Guide
You can manage your fundraiser online using Razoo®. Download this quick-start guide:
Using Razoo® to Create Your Own MUSIC & MEMORY® Fundraiser
If you are fundraising to start or grow a MUSIC & MEMORY® program at a specific care organization, learn how to use Go Fund Me in this quick-start guide:
Fundraising to start a MUSIC & MEMORY® program with www.gofundme.com
Raise Community Awareness
If you love community organizing and are comfortable working with the media, you can help us spread awareness of Music & Memory and how our program could benefit nursing home residents in your area. Here are a few ideas:
- Help us to identify corporate sponsors in your community who could team with area elder care professionals to bring our Music & Memory certification program to their organizations.
- Arrange for a screening of our documentary, Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory.
- Coordinate a benefit concert to raise funds and collect iPods for Music & Memory.
Become a MUSIC & MEMORY® Ambassador
Is there a nursing home in your community that hasn’t heard of our personalized music program? We need your help to introduce Music & Memory. We’ll be glad to assist you and answer any of your questions along the way.
Download these guidelines to get started:
You Can Help as a MUSIC & MEMORY® Ambassador