Gilda’s Club NYC receives generous support from the NYC community both through donations and also volunteers critical to sustain our mission to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. One of our longstanding partnerships has been with another New York-based nonprofit, Theatre Within. We have been working with them since 2014 to provide our members a range of workshops that provide an opportunity for creative expression and mindfulness.
In 2020 alone, the team at Theatre Within are on track to provide about 100 workshops at Gilda’s Club NYC. When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March and our in-person program shifted to a virtual one they worked closely and quickly with our team to transition everything to Zoom. The new virtual program saw an increase in the meditation workshop they facilitate, the frequency went from monthly to weekly with triple the attendance in each session.
Member response has been very positive and abundantly grateful for these workshops. One member shared, “The creativity they bring out in individuals is very healing as well as the sharing of assignments and workshopping them together as a group.”
Theatre Within also added new workshops to the Gilda’s Club program including the Deepening Creative Process, Writing Personal Essays, and Creating Personal Monologues for the Stage workshops. In addition to these new workshops, Theatre Within facilitates two John Lennon Real Love project series and several MAD Art workshops on a regular basis for our members. From now until the end of the year they will implement over 40 workshops for Gilda’s Club NYC and we are so thankful for their continued support.
To learn more about Theatre Within and the important work that they’re doing for Gilda’s Club NYC visit their website: https://www.theatrewithin.org/