Volunteer work: Mr. and Mrs. Collins volunteer an average...


March 06, 1994|By Kevin Harrison

Volunteer work: Mr. and Mrs. Collins volunteer an average of 60 hours a month, singing and performing at six nursing homes, three senior centers and Crownsville State Hospital.

Before and after her performances, Mrs. Collins talks to the audience. "She does the talking, while I do the tuning," said Mr. Collins.

Volunteers' comment: "I'm sort of the rhythm section," Mrs. Collins said. "The songs we do bring back memories to the people. We play the songs that they remember, and that makes them feel good. "

"When I first started singing about 6 years ago, the residents gave me plenty of encouragement. It's a happy time for us, and we try to make them happy," said Mrs. Collins.

Mr. Collins is no stranger to performing. He played the bass in a trio in the Baltimore area for more than 30 years. "We played hotels and lodges. To me, getting into this wasn't anything," he said. "We started at senior centers with a musician friend and the word got around. I still get some professional jobs at night, two to three times a month."

About the volunteers: Mr. and Mrs. Collins have been married more than 50 years and have two children. They have lived in White Hall since 1986.

Mr. Collins is retired from Arco Steel in Baltimore and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau at 315-8911, or fax information to 315-8916. You can also mail recommendations to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Md. 21122.

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