The Emily Sandall Foundation will once again support the work of the Center for Music by People with Disabilities (CMPD), through summer music and dance programs for disabled adults at Opportunity Resources, Inc. (ORI) in Missoula, Montana. Tarn Ream and Roger Moquin offer open African music and dance sessions to everyone in the ORI building, sometimes drawing up to 30 people who join in singing, playing drums and other instruments, and participating in creative movement activities. Due to the nature of this continuing program, the participants are always excited to see Tarn and Roger, often requesting specific songs and movement, happy to learn something new, and always asking when they will be back!
CMPD is a 501 (c) 3 organization, with 509 (a) (2) status, and a mission statement that sums the work nicely: “striving to make music-related activities – music learning, music making, composing, performing, and recording – accessible to children, teenagers, and adults with disabilities in the county of Missoula so that the vision of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 of full inclusion of people with disabilities in the educational, social, and cultural life of the community can be transformed into a reality.
The Sandall Family donated to Shine a Light in honor of Emily and her work with marginalized children around the world to better their lives.
“Shine a Light works for social change for kids around Latin America.With the help of a video camera and Shine a Light as a bridge, local people can make democracy work.” Kurt Shaw, Executive Director
Emily had volunteered a couple times at a boys shelter in Mexico organized by Shine a Light.
We wish Shine a Light much success with their current and future projects to improve the lives of marginalized children in Latin America.
These children, identified as unaccompanied homeless teenagers, do not live with a parent or guardian but are enrolled in the Bellingham School District. Due to their age and because they have no parent or guardian, they are not eligible for many community services.
Wouldn’t Emily love this idea?!