offers a unique community service program in conjunction with her concerts. The idea is to give the audience an opportunity to not only learn about the chosen topic by having fun participating in the concert, but also to act to promote these lessons and put them to practice.
The partnership is between the sponsor, a local, national or international organization, and Patricia. It is a totally voluntary, totally FREE program, chosen and designed by the sponsor, implemented by the audience, and supported by Patricia and the community partner.

This is the way it works:

1. The sponsor (whoever is presenting the concert) picks the desired “Big Ideas!” show, or has one custom-made by Patricia.

2. The sponsor researches, chooses and coordinates with the community partner that will be the beneficiary of the participants’ actions. A list of suggested organizations may be available from Patricia. Ideally, the community partner should be an organization that has something to do with the concert’s topic, i.e. a library for the Big Ideas about Literacy! show. Patricia also recommends that the partner be as local as possible.

3. The sponsor chooses an action and time frame for its commencement and completion. The action should reflect the topic. Goals can be declared. Patricia can help with this step too.

4. The community partner participates by supporting the action, i.e. dropping off and collecting bins for donations, helping to publicize the participants’ actions, sending a speaker or literature to the sponsor to help educate about the topic, etc. The partner might also want to present their own award to the sponsor or otherwise recognize their efforts.

5. Local media could be contacted to help publicize the action to further enhance its value, giving recognition to the participants and the community partner.

6. The day of Patricia’s concert the action is completed (or started), with Patricia recognizing and commending the sponsor and participants for the action. Patricia may present her appreciation award at this time. Any culminating or kick-off event by the sponsor could also be incorporated with the concert.

7. A final option could be an evaluation by the sponsor to determine the result of the action, i.e. weight of food collected, declared goal met or not, how effective was the action, were educational goals met, how it benefited the community, etc.

It is Patricia’s hope that this program will not only benefit the sponsor’s community in very tangible and useful ways (as well as raise awareness of the topic and community partner), but also empower the listeners by teaching them that they can make a difference locally and globally through education, action and attitude. Perhaps this will be the spark that ignites a lifelong interest in social involvement and activism.

1. Big Ideas! Concert Themes

  • Best of
  • Back to School—Learning is Cool
  • Character
  • Disabilities
  • Environment
  • Family
  • Freedom—Social Justice & Human Rights
  • Halloween
  • Holiday
  • Kindness
  • Literacy
  • Multiculturalism
  • Nonviolence-Conflict Resolution, Bullies
  • Safety & Health, Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Self-esteem
  • Women in History

2. Suggested community partner organizations

  • Help Lines
  • Battered women shelters
  • Environmental organizations
  • Veterans centers
  • Cancer, Heart or other Societies
  • Peace and Justice organizations
  • Immigrant organizations
  • Soup kitchens – many churches
  • Food pantries
  • Day care centers, Head Start
  • Homeless shelters
  • Senior centers, nursing homes
  • Animal shelters
  • Local parks, beaches, town squares
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries

3. Suggested actions:

Collect and/or distribute:

  • non-perishable food items
  • new or gently used books
  • new clothes
  • new toys
  • school supplies
  • spent printer cartridges for recycling & fundraising
  • used eyeglasses

Fundraise through:

  • Bake sales
  • Books sales
  • Carwashes
  • Gift wrapping
  • Designing and selling cards, T Shirts, etc.
  • Clean ups
  • Planting trees and/or flowers
  • Making gift baskets
  • Disaster relief (sending clothes, money, food, medical supplies)
  • Tutoring/mentoring
  • Building, painting, repairing
  • Learn and teach sign language or a second language
  • Letter writing campaigns
  • “Adopt” acres of rainforest, endangered species, zoo animals

After the completion of the program the sponsor will receive a beautiful full color award of appreciation and a gold winners' ribbon from Patricia.

Perhaps because she began her career at such a young age, Patricia has always believed that young people can be a force and make a difference in their community and the world. Caring Kids is a natural outgrowth of her enduring belief in the power of people who care.

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