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POVERTY IS REAL. MORE THAN 46 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN POVERTY. BUT THERE’S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO TO HELP.

Part 1 of 4 – Should We Care About the Homeless?

August 20th, 2014 | Posted by PovertyIsReal in Issues | Solutions - (Comments Off)

Hi there.

This is part 1 of a multi-part series looking at the most downtrodden of an already downtrodden subset of the population. We’re going to discuss the chronically homeless and examine some remarkable new approaches that are making a difference.

Here’s what we’re going to talk about:

Part 1: Should We Care About The Homeless?

Part 2: Is There Actually A Solution?

Part 3: Who is Doing This Work?

Part 4: Should We Care (revisited) and What Can We Do?

Here we go.

Part 1: Should We Care About The Homeless?

Picture a homeless man. Don’t be afraid if the image fits some negative stereotype(s). Let your mind wander. Whatever pops in is ok… no judgment. Is he drunk? Is he muttering to himself? Is he wearing ragged clothes? Does he stink? Is he just sitting there being lazy? Does he look something like this?

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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.

Based in Decatur, Georgia, Lenz partners with our clients so we can grow together. For more than two decades, Lenz’s specialized expertise has helped our clients reach their goals. We offer the full range of digital and traditional marketing expertise, including brand strategy, advertising, PR, web site development, inbound marketing, and more. Visit us at LenzMarketing.com.

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.

 

Support Amplify in Charlotte!

March 6th, 2014 | Posted by PovertyIsReal in Sponsors - (Comments Off)

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Charlotte’s Beneficiary

March 6th, 2014 | Posted by PovertyIsReal in Beneficiary - (Comments Off)

Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, North Carolina

urlThe Urban Ministry Center opened its doors in December 1994 as a partnership of uptown congregations and businesses to address the needs of the poor and homeless with compassion and tangible help.  Founding partners include: Bank of America, First Union, Duke Power, Bell South, TransAmerica, Knight Foundation, Mecklenburg County and Uptown Development Corporation, St. Peter’s Episcopal, St. Peter’s Catholic, First United Methodist and First Presbyterian. Our original home was in the old train station building on North Tryon St.  The Soup Kitchen founded by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in 1979 relocated to this building. In 2006, we expanded services and moved into our new building, located directly across from the old train station.

Urban Ministry Center

The Urban Ministry Center serves as a point of entry to services offered by a network of agencies that work closely to provide necessary opportunities for the homeless population. We are an interfaith agency drawing support and volunteers from more than 130 congregations.
The Urban Ministry Center is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit and is funded by donations from private individuals, congregations, corporations and foundations. We receive no United Way funding. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.
The Urban Ministry Center is an interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time.
The Urban Ministry Center Values:
  • Respect: We believe each life has dignity. We are all God’s children.
  • Compassion: We show our compassion in our ministries of presence.
  • Personal attention: We treat people as individuals with unique concerns.
  • Empowerment: We assist our neighbors so they can move toward self-sufficiency.
  • Hope: We believe that God doesn’t give up on us and we don’t give up on one another.
  • Community: Our programs are designed to engage people and build trusting relationships.
  • We understand that rich and poor have much to share with each other.