The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The Different Drummer Foundation helps people overcome challenges through community music making, story sharing, and life skills development.
The Different Drummer Foundation (DDF) target the needs of underserved communities by providing music making opportunities. Programs are geared toward school-age youth, adults and well elderly.
Participation in DDF programs encourages cultural enrichment, reinforces the need for "community", gives people a new way to express themselves, and recognizes each person's unique contribution. Activities will include community drum circles, therapeutic music making, and movement.
DDF programs make hands-on musical experiences available to sheltered populations (such as seniors and people with disabilities) who might otherwise not be able to participate in similar activities. It is the shared experience - the stories of the participants - that will offer the opportunities for learning and personal development.
DDF programs allow for a participatory group experience in a way that is accessible and enjoyable, which nurtures the development of life skills, such as communication, understanding diversity, and building confidence.