Back on My Feet Austin, a local nonprofit, will host a Benefit Concert on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7PM at Javelina on Rainey Street. Three local bands will join forces to raise awareness and money for the organization that uses running to empower the homeless to get off the streets. The city of Austin has established itself as the live music capital of the world, in addition to being a city that prides itself on supporting the local community. The Back on My Feet Concert Benefit is the perfect example of how members of the Austin community are using music to bring light to the Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit operating in 11 cities coast-to-coast, combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Three local Austin bands, A/b (formerly Chipper Jones), Food Group, and singer-songwriter Stacey Lee will come together at Javelina, who has also donated their venue, to perform a live show to drive awareness to the fact that there are over 2,000 people experiencing homelessness in Austin.
“Back on My Feet Austin is thrilled to band together with A/b, Food Group and Stacy Lee to bring our fellow Austinites an evening of live music that will help strengthen this great community. Every dollar raised on August 18 will empower our members to take the next step toward self-sufficiency,” stated Melissa Nicewarner Daly, Executive Director, Back on My Feet Austin.
“We are beyond thrilled to have been invited to such a positive mission. The folks at Back on My Feet Austin are inspiring true change within individuals, and are doing so by exposing to them their own strength within by means of running; an activity with healing qualities far too often forgotten. As musicians, we strive to inspire and encourage others to overcome their obstacles, as does this outstanding organization, and we look forward to helping raise awareness and support for such a beautiful cause,” said James Lambrecht, Guitarist for the band A/b.
Since launching in 2007, Back on My Feet has served more than 5,500 individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness and engaged more than 100,000 volunteers and supporters. At any given time, 80% of members are participating in our Next Steps program, working to secure employment and housing. For every one dollar invested in Back on My Feet Austin, roughly $2.50 goes back into the local community. This shows that Back on My Feet Austin not only helps individuals, but helps communities as well.
Tickets to the August 18th Benefit Concert are $10.00. To get your tickets, go online to give.backonmyfeet.org/Benefit-Concert-2016. Tickets will also available at Javelina the night of the event Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Operating in 11 major cities coast-to-coast, Back on My Feet recruits members at homeless and residential facilities and begins with a commitment to run three days a week.
The second phase of the program, Next Steps, provides educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals and housing resources. Since 2007, Back on My Feet has served more than 6,000 individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness and engaged more than 100,000 volunteers and supporters. Our members have run a collective 500,000 miles and obtained more than 4,000 jobs and homes. Every $1 invested in Back on My Feet returns nearly $2.50 to the local community through increased economic output and cost savings. Through our innovative program, Back on My Feet proves that there is hope, that individuals can achieve things they never thought possible and that there are people who will support them along the way. For additional information, visit www.backonmyfeet.org.