September Newsletter

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This is the time of year that our thoughts turn to community, the renewing energy of fall foliage and the crispness of the air, and in my family the celebration of the Jewish new year. My heart is especially full this time of year spending considerable amounts of time giving pause to be grateful for all the abundant blessings in our lives which can often so easily be taken for granted. These gifts include a home, meaningful work, abundant health, and energized colleagues, friends and family.

This month, Soaringwords community is expanding in meaningful ways. We are delighted that our friends at Zumba® Fitness shared a video of Beto Perez, co-Founder of Zumba® Fitness, leading a free monthly dance class in one of our pediatric hospitals. It was a thrilling day at the office as we watched the Zumba® Fitness Facebook fans take notice of the Soaringwords initiative. The video received 9,659 likes! After 12 years of building the organization, it was a thrill to see our community grow so quickly.

Kindly take a minute and make a donation to our campaign to fund free monthly Soaringwords + Zumba®  Fitness classes in 100 hospitals around the world. Click here. Together, with your financial support, we can make this happen and inspire thousands of hospitalized children to feel part of a vibrant, caring community.

Sending you love and soaringwords,


T.646-674-7105, C.917-499-3783,

Soaringwords News

Recent cool Soaringwords events.

Soaringwords at Facebook Headquarters

Facebook has taken the notion of community to a whole new level of connection. Soaringwords was happy to spend few hours on the Facebook campus with sixth graders from Belle Haven Elementary School on 9/11, the National Day of Service. The entire day was in celebration of the life of Facebook’s Executive Chef Josef Desimone who recently died. The program started with a special lunch for the students in the Facebook Cafe. Together, employee volunteers and the students decorated 100 quilts and 100 pillows with inspirational messages and artwork to donate to patients at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and Alisa Ann Ruch Foundation that helps children who are burned victims. Three amazing Zumba® Fitness instructors — John Asenso, Alejandra Picollo and Chris Pilawski led a lively Zumba® Fitness class, which was followed by a moving closing ceremony. MORE PHOTOS

NY Life September Month of Service Soars

On 9/11 Soaringwords and NY Life launched a collaboration to support hospitalized and bereaved children around the country. Here in New York City a team lead by the amazing Carolin Fermin created SoaringSuperhero messages, decorated capes and masks for hospitalized children at Harlem Hospital. Employees also assembled SoaringSuperhero activity kits of the same project so that hospitalized or grieving children will be able to “get one and then give one”. This activity will enable children to experiencing altruism and reciprocity which will enhance their well-being and inspire them to heal.

Global Zumba® Fitness Convention kicks off global collaboration to benefit hospitalized children

In August, the Soaringwords team spent five days at the global Zumba® Fitness Convention in Orlando where 723 licensed Zumba® Fitness instructors from around the world, representing 39 countries, signed up to lead free monthly classes in pediatric hospitals. A big thank you to the magnificent Thomas Estler for joining the Soaringwords team for the 2nd year in the row at the convention, and helping us spread our passion to bring Zumba® Fitness to hospitalized children. This week, here at the office, we have been very busy contacting Zumba® Fitness instructors to setup classes in hospitals around the country. If you have registered to lead a class, you will be hearing from us soon if you haven’t already heard from us. Help support this important initiative by making a donation. Together we can bring the healing power of dance, movement, laughter, and community to transform the lives of pediatric patients. Click here.


Doris is an 8 year old champion who inspires and helps other hospitalized children stay hopeful as she waits for her lung transplant. A true hero. On September 8 she came to school to be part of the creation of nine new Soaringwords Book Club videos featuring the Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges.We will be launching this new video series with Soaringwords hospital partners in November.
SoaringHealth & Wellness Have you ever kept a journal? If so, you may have discovered that by the time you finish writing about a problem or question, you have already discovered an answer inside and feel a sense of relief. Your shoulders relax, you un-clench your jaw and things feel more manageable. It is cathartic to express yourself on paper and doing so can have a positive impact on well-being. Psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker posits that regular journaling strengthens immune cells. The way in which your brain and body is engaged during the physical act of writing allows mental blocks to open up, allowing you to more freely understand yourself, others and the world.

Tips for Journaling:

  • Find a time & place where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Write continuously for about 20 minutes.
  • Don’t worry about spelling or grammar.
  • Write only for yourself.
  • Write about something extremely personal and important to you.
  • Deal only with events or situations you can handle now.

Touch Points

We are busy planning our annual Make a Difference Day employee engagement events with BNY Mellon in multiple cities.  If you are interested in launching a team-building employee volunteer program in 2013/2014 contact or call Greta at 646-674-7105 to set up a time to speak.