Guild member keeps busy

June 29, 2006|by CANDICE BOSELY

Name: Nancy Chase

Age: 75


Where do you volunteer?: Chase volunteers for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, where she is one of 142 Guild members. She said she started volunteering with the orchestra five or six years ago.

What are your duties as a volunteer? Guild members like Chase perform a variety of functions in support of the orchestra, including raising money, putting on educational programs to acquaint children with classical music and serving as ushers during performances.

Chase participates in those activities but said her main task is working in the organization's Potomac Street office, where she stuffs envelopes, answers the phone, copies materials and does other office-related tasks.


"Whatever the office staff feels they need help on," she said.

What are your rewards of volunteering? "It keeps me active, which is important when you're a senior citizen. It keeps my brain active. And it makes me feel useful," Chase said.

Volunteering for the orchestra also satisfies her creative side and allows her to give back to the community, she said.

Members of the orchestra and its supporting staff make sure the volunteers know their work is appreciated, which Chase said keeps them enthusiastic.

All Guild members are important, she said.

"I feel that I represent 142 people," Chase said, adding that all of the Guild volunteers do as much or more than she does and deserve praise. "One thing you will find is people are committed to volunteering for this orchestra."

Want to know more?

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra can call its office at 301-797-4000.

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