Poverty is Real: Recent News

We’ve existed for four years (since 2011). In that time we’ve put on 14 concert series in 8 different cities. Like any new business/charity, there’s been plenty of growing pains. But we’re so proud to let everyone know that since our inception, we’ve managed to give over $100,000 in unrestricted funds to the charities working hard on the ground to make life better. In addition, our concerts and promotions have reached millions of people, letting them know about the group down the street working to improve the lives of those who need it most.

The world is a good place, and there’s people who spend their lives making our world shine a little brighter.  Poverty IS real, but we can all make a difference, and we can do it first in our hometowns through love and celebrating those who give so much. We think of the people at places like Open Table Nashville, and Decatur Cooperative Ministry as heroes. Firefighters risk much (for very little) and save people’s lives. So do the charities we support, and we love them for it.

As we learn and our concerts expand, we hope to do even more good in the world. For every dollar given to us, we aim to use our concerts to Amplify those funds and give two to charities on the ground. Thank you for your support and love in helping us get here.

- Spencer (Executive Director of Poverty Is Real/Amplify)

 

 

Lenz Presents June 20-22 event to benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry;

Last year’s event raised $14,500 for DCM

The fourth annual Amplify Decatur concert series — previously called the Poverty Is Real concert series — will feature a performance by Nashville-based indie rock sensation Those Darlins; an Interactive Kids’ Show with “Pete the Cat” author Eric Litwin and The Learning Groove; and a Bruce Springsteen celebration. The June 20-22 event will be held at Eddie’s Attic and is presented by Lenz.

Amplify Decatur is a weekend-long celebration of Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). For over 40 years, DCM has steadfastly made Decatur and DeKalb County stronger by helping families facing homelessness get back on their feet.  Last year’s event raised $14,500 through ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise, and a silent auction. This year, Amplify Decatur aims to raise over $20,000.

Currently, the weekend schedule is as follows:

 

 

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 8pm: Jennifer Daniels with Steve Everett, and Marshall Seese. In true Eddie’s Attic fashion, this will be a night of monster songwriters bringing the very best in lyrics and vocals. Tickets at Eddie’sAttic.com.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2 PM: The Learning Groove with Eric Litwin, Michael Levine, — the #1 New York Times Best Selling author of the first four “Pete the Cat” picture books — will perform an Interactive Kids’ Show with Michael Levine and Jennifer Daniels, fellow members of The Learning Groove — a music and movement program that promotes early learning with a focus on developing a child’s music aptitude, motor coordination, social learning skills, and language acquisition. Advance tickets are $10 for kids, $15 for adults, and available at EddiesAttic.com.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 7 PM: Performance by Five Eight — a four-piece rock band from Athens, GA. The band’s front man, Mike Mantione, has been called, “one of the most passionate, soul-searching songwriters [Athens, GA] has seen since the band’s inception 15 years ago.” Advance tickets are $10 and available at EddiesAttic.com.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 9:45 PM: Performance by Those Darlins — an exciting indie rock sensation out of Nashville. All Music Guide says the group, “deliver[s] thrilling song after thrilling song that’ll have you hyping them to all your rock & roll friends.” Advance tickets are $12 and available at EddiesAttic.com.
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 7 PM: “My Hometown,” a Bruce Springsteen celebration, will feature local and regional acts performing mini-sets of Springsteen’s greatest hits. Participating artists include Claire Campbell of Hope for Agoldensummer; Drew Beskin of the District Attorneys; Chris Stalcup; Flint Hill Specials; Nathan Beaver; Rex Hussmann; Kristen Englenz; Mike Killeen; Spencer Smith; and more! Advance tickets are $15 and available at EddiesAttic.com.

Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry alleviates and prevents homelessness in and around Decatur. Their programs include an emergency shelter for women and children, transitional housing for families, veterans’ assistance, and emergency relief for families on the verge of losing their homes.   Their work has helped make DeKalb County a better place for over 40 years, and Amplify is honored to celebrate them.  More information is available at DecaturCooperativeMinistry.org.

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Amplify is a concert series that leverages the universal love of music to fight poverty and homelessness at the local level. Specifically, Amplify selects local-level charities combating poverty on the frontlines and host music concerts to celebrate their work and to raise funds for them. Amplify shows unite communities by inviting local businesses to sponsor the events and by increasing awareness. Most importantly, every dollar raised at Amplify concerts goes directly to the beneficiary. Amplify concerts are produced by Poverty Is Real, is a Decatur, Georgia-based 501(c)(3) organization that works to educate communities about issues of homelessness. Learn more at AmplifyDecatur.org.

Part of the June 20-22 Amplify Decatur concert series to benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry

 Eric Litwin — the #1 New York Times Best Selling author of the first four “Pete the Cat” picture books — will be performing an Interactive Kids’ Show on June 21 at Eddies Attic with Michael Levine and Jennifer Daniels, fellow members of The Learning Groove — a music and movement program that promotes early learning with a focus on developing a child’s music aptitude, motor coordination, social learning skills, and language acquisition.

The performance will feature playing, singing, reading, and interactive storytelling. Attendees will also get a sneak peek into Eric Litwin’s upcoming children’s series, “The Nuts,” set to release August 2014.

The show will begin at 2 p.m. Advanced tickets are $10 for kids, $15 for adults, and available at EddiesAttic.com. Eddies Attic is located at 515-B North McDonough St. on the downtown Decatur Square.

Learn more about The Learning Groove, Eric Litwin, Michael Levine, and Jennifer Daniels at TheLearningGroove.com.

The performance is a part of the fourth annual Amplify Decatur concert series — previously called the Poverty Is Real concert series — June 20-22 benefitting Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). Last year’s Amplify Decatur event raised $14,500 for DCM through ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise, and a silent auction.

Amplify Decatur will also feature performances by Nashville-based indie rock sensation Those Darlins and Athens-based classic rock band Five Eight, as well as “My Hometown,” a Bruce Springsteen celebration night. Full details about the Amplify Decatur concert series is at AmplifyMyCommunity.org.

Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry alleviates and prevents homelessness in and around Decatur. Their programs include an emergency shelter for women and children, transitional housing for families, veterans’ assistance, and emergency relief for families on the verge of losing their homes. Their work has helped make DeKalb County a better place for over 40 years, and Amplify is honored to celebrate them.  More information is available at DecaturCooperativeMinistry.org.

Amplify is a concert series that leverages the universal love of music to fight poverty and homelessness at the local level. Specifically, Amplify selects local-level charities combating poverty on the frontlines and host music concerts to celebrate their work and to raise funds for them. Amplify shows unite communities by inviting local businesses to sponsor the events and by increasing awareness. Most importantly, every dollar raised at Amplify concerts goes directly to the beneficiary. Amplify concerts are produced by Poverty Is Real, a Decatur, Georgia-based 501(c)(3) organization that works to educate communities about issues of homelessness. Learn more at AmplifyMyCommunity.org.

 


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Poverty Is Real (PIR) is proud to announce its upcoming Charlotte concert event, Beatles vs. Stones — a battle of the bands featuring eight acts performing music by the two greatest rock bands of all time — on Saturday, April 19 at The Double Door Inn, with doors opening at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Urban Ministry Center.

The Double Door

The evening will feature eight bands performing four songs each, covering their favorite works by either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Bands currently signed on to play include School of Rock Charlotte, Reeve Coobs, Dead End Parking, Little District, Yaddatu, and Toleman Randall.

Tickets are $12 in advance and are available at doubledoorinn.com/eventlist.aspx. The Double Door Inn is located at 1218 Charlottetowne Avenue. More information about the show is at povertyisreal.us.

Spencer Smith, Executive Director of PIR, says the event’s beneficiary, the Urban Ministry Center, was identified as a key player in the fight against poverty within the Charlotte community. “They are the perfect example of an organization effectively fight poverty on the local level,” said Smith. “We’re thrilled to be supporting such an amazing organization.”

The Urban Ministry Center is a local, interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time. The Center serves 500 to 600 homeless individuals in the Charlotte area each day, and provides services including basic aid, permanent supportive housing, temporary shelter, enrichment programs, substance abuse treatment, and community education. For more information, visit urbanministrycenter.org.

Poverty Is Real recently teamed up with Little Shop of Stories and Travis Grubb Properties/Keller Knapp Realty to present the Decatur debut of Wildwood Imperium, the third installation in the Wildwood Chronicles by lead singer of the Decemberists, Colin Meloy and acclaimed illustrator, Carson Ellis.  The event featured two readings, one at the Kindezi School, a West End school dedicated to class sizes no larger than 8 per teacher, and one at Kavarna Coffee in Decatur.

Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis have gained a considerable following in the Decatur community, most notably as the featured keynote speakers at the 2011 Decatur Book Festival.

Decatur Education Foundation benefit at Kindezi SchoolDecatur Education Foundation benefit at Kindezi School

Kavarna Coffee - Decatur

Tickets for the event quickly sold out, allowing Poverty Is Real to donate more than 90 copies of Wildwood Imperium to students of the Kindezi School at an exclusive reading and book signing on February 7.  In addition, the event raised $1,500 for the Decatur Education Foundation’s Project Bookshelf.  Said Gail Rothman, director of DEF:

We loved working with Poverty is Real on the recent author event with Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. It was a fun, well-organized event that gave us great exposure in our community and raised $1,500 to support Project Bookshelf!

Project Bookshelf is a partnership between Renfroe Middle School and The Decatur Education Foundation based on the idea that all kids deserve great books!

Project Bookshelf helps economically challenged students continue to grow as readers even when they’re not at school by providing funds for them to purchase books before each of the breaks from school. By the end of each year, participants have not only grown as readers but their growth has often outstripped that of their wealthier peers. And the best part is they experience the pride that comes from book ownership and participation in the culture of literacy.

Thanks Poverty is Real for supporting our work to make sure every child in our community, regardless of income, has access to great books! 

-Gail Rothman, Decatur Education Foundation

Poverty Is Real is proud to support Project Bookshelf, the Kindezi School, and lovers of good books everywhere!

For more information on how you can get involved with Poverty Is Real, email info@povertyisreal.us or visit www.PovertyIsReal.us.