April 30, 1999 - Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam '99 hit the road last Wednesday with a concert and Habitat wall-raising in Jackson, Tenn.
Just a few hours before the music legend hit the stage for the inaugural concert of the 37-date tour, Charlie Daniels joined Jackson dignitaries and Habitat volunteers from as far away Plattsburg, N.Y., to raise the final wall of Marcella Thomas' future home. The house is being built with funds donated by Daniels and his record company, Blue Hat Records.
The wall-raising was preceded by a ceremony in which Daniels, who has sold more than 60 million albums, was presented with the key to the city and a Habitat ball cap and T-shirt.
The Volunteer Jam '99 tour is an extension of the annual day-long music festival which Daniels has been hosting in Nashville for nearly 25 years. Joining the Charlie Daniels Band on the tour are southern rockers Marshall Tucker Band and Molly Hatchet, along with Hank Williams Jr. on selected dates. Surprise guests are also booked in several cities.
Throughout the tour, Daniels is making stops at several Habitat work sites, working with volunteers, dedicating houses and turning sod. Also, local affiliates have been able to use the concerts as fund-raising tools, offering tickets and backstage passes as premiums to donors. To date, affiliates have raised almost $150,000 toward house construction.
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 62 other countries around the world.