Charlie Daniels Band, Habitat for Humanity Partnership
Charlie Daniels Band and Habitat for Humanity Partner
Volunteer Jam to raise awareness, volunteers, money for house-building ministry.
March 9, 1999 - The Charlie Daniels Band has named Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) the official outreach partner for its Volunteer Jam '99 Tour. The amphitheater tour, which will visit up to 40 cities in eight weeks beginning April 20, will feature the Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band and Molly Hatchet.
The partnership was announced at a February press conference in Nashville, Tenn. Charlie Daniels Band's record label, Blue Hat Records, kicked off the partnership with a $15,000 gift to Habitat for Humanity that will help build a "Volunteer Jam/Habitat for Humanity" home in Jackson, Tenn., the tour's first stop.
"We're proud to be associated with Habitat for Humanity," said Mr. Daniels. "Habitat's most famous volunteer, Jimmy Carter, is one of my heroes, so we feel like we're in good company. But mostly, its just good to help our neighbors who need to escape poverty housing."
At every concert, Daniels will challenge audience members to both give to and volunteer with their local affiliate. A Habitat for Humanity booth will be part of the touring company and will be staffed by local Habitat volunteers. As well, all Volunteer Jam promotion, radio and television ads, in-store and media appearances will highlight the tour's partnership with the work and mission of Habitat. Throughout the tour the Charlie Daniels Band also expects to don work clothes and swing hammers on several Habitat building sights across the country.
"Charlie's long pedigree of integrity and service makes him an extraordinary voice for those who need to escape poverty, substandard housing," said Dwight Ozard, HFHI's director of public affairs. "We are proud to have him as part of the Habitat for Humanity family."
As part of the tour partnership, local Habitat for Humanity affiliates will be offering special "golden circle" packages that will include privileged concert seating, access to backstage meet-and-greets and, in some cities, the chance to work on a Habitat work project with Daniels. Available exclusively through the local affiliates, these packages will raise money to build more "Volunteer Jam" Habitat houses across the country.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 70,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 63 other countries around the world.