Thank You!

There's no getting around it: I have to actively solicit contributions to my JAFSP fund to make this opportunity a reality. If you'd like to make a donation you can use the DONATE button on the right to access the secure PayPal page that will collect your donation via credit card. If you prefer to donate offline, contact me. Fundraising updates will be posted below. (If you wish to remain anonymous just ask!) I can't thank you enough for your help!

I debated for a while on whether or not to accept this opportunity. My family and I are facing a variety of financial challenges, due in large part to my husband being laid off last year. He has since started his own business so the months ahead will certainly continue to be lean. It was clear to me that if I wanted to be a part of the Jamaica Field Service Project I would have to fundraise aggressively. And I struggle mightily with asking others for much of anything...let alone money! 

After much thought, soul-searching, and in light of the advice of several others, I've elected to give it a go. Consider this page the home of my full-fledged fundraising campaign. I humbly ask you to donate your time and/or your dollars to help make this project a reality. If you can spare even a few dollars know that your resources aren't going to a large, faceless organization. They go directly to me and directly to bringing music therapy to others in a profoundly meaningful way.  If you want to help, here are 3 specific ways you can do so: 

Thank You!

If you've found your way to this site and have read this far, thank you. I sincerely appreciate your interest in this very special program and for any steps you've taken to support me on my journey to this amazing opportunity. As you read this know that I'm working hard to learn the lengthy catalog of music I'll use to connect with others- fantastic pieces of traditional Jamaican music that strongly emphasize the Afro-Caribbean drumming, dancing, and singing of the West Indies. That coupled with the paperwork, travel planning, and fundraising necessary to pull this off makes it feel like there's still so much to do and June isn't far away. I'm already deeply grateful to so many of you who have enthusiastically offered to raise funds or have volunteered to help or perform at the concert on March 22. If you have any questions about anything outlined here please contact me. Thank you for all the love and support! 


Every year the Jamaica Field Service Project, in collaboration with Malloy College in Long Island, NY, sends a group of music therapy students on a service trip to low-income and special needs areas of Jamaica. In partnership with the Peace Corps and the Rotary of Jamaica, participants take a 10 day trip into the country and deliver music therapy interventions to multiple sites including a homeless shelter, an infirmary, and a special needs school for young children. As part of this endeavor professional music therapists from around the country are invited to apply for a chance to attend and assist the students with the project. The organizations involved select a few MT-BCs each year to lead on the trip and serve as mentors to students.

I am beyond excited to share that I have been selected to attend.


Last but not least, a great way to help is to ask others to help. Encourage them to visit this page and make a donation or attend the concert in March. Every email you send, every person you call or appeal to is someone that can be directly involved in impacting the lives of others through music therapy.

A humbling and thrilling opportunity.

On Saturday, March 22 from 7pm to 8:30pm I'm holding a fundraising concert where we'll sing, drum, spotlight music therapy, and celebrate the impact this program has on the people of Jamaica. Held at the Grand Theatre in Elizabeth, PA tickets are just $9 per person and children under 10 are free. PLEASE consider attending this event and supporting the cause. I promise you'll be glad you did! For more information on this concert or to buy tickets, simply visit the concert event page at

Many thanks to these generous donors!

Lori Snyder, Music Director, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church                                                  $100

Anonymous Hanny family member                                                                                              $500

Janelle Humbert (Jessica's Aunt)                                                                                                $280

Laurie Burkland                                                                                                                             $25

Anonymous donor (referred by Teri Hanny)                                                                                 $50

Barbara E. Johnson                                                                                                                     $150

Christie Mull and Jon Eakin (Jessica's sister-in-law and her husband)                                       $100

Andrew and Autumn Taylor (Jessica's cousin and his wife)                                                         $50

Suzie DeVore (Administrator, Orion Personal Care Residence)                                                 $100

Brian Kane                                                                                                                                   $100

John Smith                                                                                                                                   $100

Margaret Austin (Jessica's grandmother)                                                                                    $500

Anonymous donor (even we don't know who it is!)                                                                     $500

Marjorie Fairchild                                                                                                                         $100

Bill Knoll (via Karen Himes)                                                                                                         $100

Jeremy DiTullio                                                                                                                            $75

Cara Janke                                                                                                                                   $10

Rena Tatka (Presbyterian Senior Care)                                                                                       $50

Janet Eakin                                                                                                                                   $50

Karen and Bill Himes                                                                                                                    $250

The Tramonte Family                                                                                                                   $100

Valerie Uschok, MT-BC                                                                                                                $250

Sandy Jones                                                                                                                                $100

Caitlyn McGrane                                                                                                                          $50

Ryan McGrane                                                                                                                             $50

Bill and Pat McGrane                                                                                                                   $175

Fundraising Progress:

FUNDRAISING GOAL:                                    $3800

AMOUNT RAISED TO DATE:                          $3815

AMOUNT STILL NEEDED:                              $0

LAST UPDATE:          Thurs, March 20, 2014 (3:17pm)

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From June 19 through June 29 I have the chance to bring music therapy to a variety of needy populations including geriatric, homeless, children with autism, and the developmentally disabled. This kind of service will challenge me as a professional music therapist. It will test my limits and push my boundaries in what will be an intense immersion experience of cultural music therapy. I am so very excited to impact others in such a direct way. But in order to make this opportunity a reality, I need your help.

To participate I am expected to cover my costs for travel, lodging, food, and expenses. Between now and March 31, I must fundraise the monies needed to cover all the costs associated with my participation in the project. A sum total of $3800.