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Dear Friends,

In this current crisis, there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to acknowledge the value of volunteer service.  Each year during National Volunteer Week we take the opportunity to recognize the thousands of dedicated volunteers across North America who assist their opera companies and communities in countless ways: serving on Boards of Directors, helping produce education programs and special events, assisting with fundraising activities and administrative tasks, or helping in artistic departments.  This work is vital to the survival of opera companies even during ordinary times.  But these are not ordinary times.  We see opera companies everywhere canceling performances and closing their doors and it is impossible to know when we may gather again in large groups to experience the joy of opera.

We know that opera companies are going to need their volunteers even more in the coming months and years.  OVI is dedicated to supporting volunteers and their organizations as we navigate this new normal.  We will continue to provide valuable resources with your help, including Matching Grants and special recognition opportunities through our Partners in Excellence and Projects of Special Merit Awards.

If you are able, we ask you to consider a gift to OVI.  The cancellation of Opera Conference has resulted in the loss of a significant portion of OVI’s income that would have been raised through our silent auction.  Your gift will help us fund our matching grants program and continue the essential support to our members who need us now more than ever.

You may give securely online at

On behalf of the entire OVI Board of Directors, we THANK YOU for everything you do to support opera in your communities.  We send our heartfelt wishes for you and your families to stay safe and well and we look forward to the time when we can gather together again.

With hope and gratitude,

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