There are all kinds of “holidays” that happen every day. Later this month, on 3/14, it’s gonna be Pi Day. Because that mathematical thing, Pi, equals 3.14 or whatever. Who cares. I hate math.
But today, March 4, is “March Forth and Do Something Day.” The day sounds like a command. Makes sense to me.
So in that spirit, here are some of my favorite band-led nonprofits and organizations making the world better:
Jars of Clay – Blood:Water Mission
I got to talk with Jars frontman Dan Haseltine about this in Season 1, and he’s super passionate about it. This charity essentially helps local authorities set up clean water wells in places that need them. He says it better than I do.
Remedy Drive – The Exodus Road
All you gotta do is hear Remedy Drive’s David Zach talk for like 5 minutes and you’re inspired to join him on the quest to end human trafficking and the sex trade. His band’s entire music and ministry is now dedicated to this, and Zach himself goes overseas quite often working as an operative with the organization.
Audio Adrenaline – The Hands and Feet Project
Although Audio Adrenaline is inactive at this time, the organization the band started is very much alive, bringing hope, healing and more to the people of Haiti. Founding frontman Mark Stuart is still very much involved.
Steven Curtis Chapman – Show Hope
Driven by his family’s own quest to adopt children, Steven and Mary Beth Chapman started this nonprofit to help provide grants that would make others’ dreams of adoption possible.
Cristabelle Braden – Hope After Head Injury
Independent singer-songwriter Cristabelle Braden has battled through her own brain injury to build and continue the ministry she has, and that has translated into a passion for other brain injury survivors. Her organization seeks to increase awareness of brain injuries, and to infuse hope into those who have experienced them.
Bleach – Food for the Hungry
OK, so this isn’t exactly something the band came up with, but my recent interview with Bleach’s Davy Baysinger shows that the band has more than latched on to this organization dedicated to providing people with tangible, practical needs. He loves to talk about it, so I’ll let him.