"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -Theodore Roosevelt

     People say that music is the universal language, a means by which to transcend the boundaries of dialect, race, or culture. But something we've found allows people to say, in any language, that they care, is the simple act of giving. Here are a few of the organizations that have impacted us by what they've done in their communities and throughout the world. We hope to use the opportunities we've been given through music to support these organizations in their efforts to help others.

     In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers traveled to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure transformed into much more when these boys from Southern California discovered a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them, a tragedy where children are both the weapons and the victims.
     After returning to the States, they created the documentary "Invisible Children: Rough Cut," a film that exposes the tragic realities of northern Ugandaís night commuters and child soldiers.
     The film was originally shown to friends and family, but has now been seen by millions of people. The overwhelming response has been, "How can I help?" To answer this question, the non-profit Invisible Children, Inc. was created, giving compassionate individuals an effective way to respond to the situation.

     Visit the Invisible Children website here: www.invisiblechildren.com

     Headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California, Jackís Helping Hand is a non-profit charitable organization. Jack's Helping Hand is dedicated to serving the special needs of physically and mentally disabled children and their families.
     Through such projects as the creation of a special needs pediatric physical therapy facility, the purchase of therapeutic equipment for individual children and assistance with travel to distant medical facilities, Jackís Helping Hand seeks to enhance the physical, emotional and social development of disabled children. Thanks to the generous support of donors, Jackís Helping Hand has provided assistance to special needs children since 2005.

     Visit Jack's Helping Hand website here: www.jackshelpinghand.org

     Love Light & Melody is a nonprofit organization dedicated to battling the physical, emotional, and spiritual affects of extreme poverty. They are committed to becoming experts on the life and culture inside the city trash dump in Managua, Nicaragua. Their goal is to identify and meet the immediate physical needs, raise awareness about trash dump communities, and fight social injustice. LLM uses music and the arts to rebuild, restore, and bring healing to communities ravaged by extreme poverty.

     Visit Love Light & Melody website here: www.lovelightandmelody.org

     The founders of Guitars not Guns are Ray and Louise Nelson. They became foster parents in 1992 and it was through their experience with foster kids that Ray decided to provide foster kids, that had the desire, with guitars and lessons. He began asking people for their used guitars to pass along to foster kids.
     The organizationís goal is to help stop violence in schools and on the streets by providing a music program for at risk teens and other deserving children. We want to divert as many children as possible from the self-destructive behaviors of drugs, alcohol, crime connected to gang activity. By providing children and teens with guitars and lessons. we hope to engage their creative potential. It's all about helping underprivileged kids and teens.

     Visit Guitars Not Guns website here: www.guitarsnotguns.org

     The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.

     Visit the Surfrider Foundation website here: www.surfrider.org