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Voice Students Donate Magazines to AHF Clinics
Pat Whiteman, owner of Pat Whiteman Voice Studio in Studio City got an idea one day that she hoped would have more than just her students singing a happy tune. It came to her when she was reading the results of AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s (AHF) annual survey. “I’ve been a long-time freelancer and advocate of AHF and I get to read the foundation’s annual patient survey. As part of the survey, I see suggestions patients make about improving AHF services. One suggestion was how they wished they had magazines to read in the waiting rooms while waiting for their appointment.”
AHF being a non-profit and always looking to reduce costs, magazine subscriptions for its healthcare centers in the Los Angeles area were an undue expense.
Whiteman always seemed to have an already read and unwanted pile of magazines in her own home and figured others might have the same. So she decided to enlist her voice students to help out. “I sent an email to my students and asked them to bring used magazines they might have to their next lesson. Before I knew it, I had over 50 magazines.” Whiteman was especially delighted with the variety. “My students are all age levels and come from all walks of life and that reflects in the magazines they read – InStyle, GQ, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Billboard, National Geographic – there’s something for everyone.”
Once she has accumulated too many magazines to handle, Whiteman sends an email to Rosalia Barbosa, office administrator for AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Valley Clinic in Sherman Oaks. “I just stop by Pat’s, take my little wheeled cart and pick up the magazines,” says Barbosa. “It’s easy, close and convenient and the patients are so appreciative. I can’t thank Pat and her students enough for doing this.”
Whiteman, who has taught vocal technique and performance in Los Angeles for the past eight years, hopes to increase the magazine collection even further by involving her singing and performer friends. “Everyone has a pile of magazines at home they’re looking to throw out or get rid of. It would be great to see if we can help supply more AHF clinics. It helps so many different folks in the process – the donors get rid of the magazines and clutter, the magazines get reused and seen by more people, AHF saves money and the clients have something to read. It’s really a win-win for everyone.”