People Arts

Houston teen recognized by Points of Light Foundation

Written by Lindsay Tooker

Sandhya Mahesh, the 17 year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Chords for a Cause, was recently recognized by Points of Light Foundation as a Daily Point of Light.

Sandhya and her team at Chords for a Cause coordinate more than 200 volunteers across 16 countries to “use the endless possibilities of music to improve lives through volunteering, fundraising, and outreach.”

In the greater Houston area, 130 Chords for a Cause volunteers have played more than 200 concerts for children’s hospitals, hospice facilities, and memory care homes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sandhya and her volunteers expanded their reach and continued performances in Houston – and beyond – through Zoom.

Chords for a Cause raises funds for charities that work with children with disabilities or those in underserved communities. To date, they have held charity concerts for organizations including Save The Children, Feeding America, SkateTherapy, Cry America, The Arc, and local schools. Their newest initiative, The Tutti Project, offers online music tutoring to children with special needs.

Sandhya was recognized as a “Daily Point of Light” by The Points of Light Foundation, which honors individuals who have made an impact in their communities through their volunteerism.

Points of Light was created in 1990 in response to President George H.W. Bush’s inaugural address, where he referred to individuals improving their community through volunteerism as “a thousand points of light.” The Points of Light mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. They envision a world in which everyone discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies.

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About the author

Lindsay Tooker

Lindsay has worked professionally in the nonprofit world since 2006 in both programmatic and development roles. She graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a BA in Communication, and has specialized in grant writing and fundraising communications for more than five years.
Lindsay is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Junior League.