2015-06-04 / About Town

Accidental Sisters in concert on Saturday

The Jamestown Medical Fund, Lucy’s Hearth in Middletown and the Friends of Nepal Pariwar Foundation have been chosen by the Accidental Sisters to receive donations collected at their concerts this year.

The Accidental Sisters will perform for the second time in 2015 on Saturday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. The all-female a cappella ensemble will sing at the Jamestown Arts Center. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested to benefit their three chosen charities.

The group, founded by Jamestown resident Julie Beth Andrews, defines its mission as twofold: To sing messages of hope for women and children worldwide, and to support projects that improve those women’s lives. Since its inception in 2009, the group has donated $6,000 to support nonprofit organizations, including the Women’s Resource Center, which helps residents of Newport and Bristol counties, and the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in Providence.

The Jamestown Medical Fund, run by a board of volunteers, provides financial help to families that need help paying for medical services. Lucy’s Hearth serves homeless women and their children with emergency shelter, transitional apartments and outreach programs. Primarily for Newport County residents, the hearth welcomes residents from across the state when beds are available. The sisters’ third recipient, the Friends of Nepal Pariwar Foundation, appeals to them in several ways. First, pariwar means “family” in the Nepali language. The foundation has been working in partnership with local nonprofit groups for several decades to improve the health of Nepalese women and their families. Second, the organization promises that 100 percent of all donations will go toward earthquake recovery. Finally, a letter from the friends’ founding director, a former Peace Corps member with 30 years experience with World Neighbors, describes specific needs of the nurse-midwives in damaged clinics near Kathmandu.

The Accidental Sisters held their first concert in March, three months after their initial show was canceled due to snow. The women sang at the North Kingstown Free Library and raised $400 from donations. A check was presented to Tim Baker, a member of the Jamestown Medical Fund, on May 17 at his pharmacy.

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