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.
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 Uganda’s 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, Jack’s 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, Jack’s Helping Hand seeks to enhance the physical, emotional and social development of disabled children. Thanks to the generous support of donors, Jack’s Helping Hand has provided assistance to special needs children since 2005.
Visit Jack's Helping Hand website here: www.jackshelpinghand.org
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
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 organization’s 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