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Partnering with Pearl Jam’s Home Shows

Initiative aims to raise $10 million to address homelessness in King County


June 18, 2018

By Elaine Chu, Philanthropic Advisor

I grew up listening to Pearl Jam and one of my favorite songs was “Even Flow” from their 1991 debut album. The song is about a homeless man who sleeps on a pillow made of concrete. It’s a meaningful connection to Pearl Jam’s latest initiative: two concerts in August called The Home Shows that are dedicated to raising money for and awareness of homelessness in our community.

The Home Shows Initiative is a program of the band’s Vitalogy Foundation to bring our community together to address homelessness in King County. Pearl Jam, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has sold over 85 million albums worldwide. The band has contributed millions of dollars to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and causes, and has been active in communities of need around the world.

Pearl Jam will play two sold-out shows on August 8 and 10 at Safeco Field, their first hometown appearance in five years. The Grammy award-winning band has pledged at least $1 million from the concerts to support organizations working to end homelessness. And, they have enlisted more than 60 partners and supporters to date to help them reach a goal of raising $10 million for this effort.

Seattle Foundation is proud to be a community partner for The Home Shows Initiative, which aligns with our priorities and strategies to address homelessness and housing affordability and work collaboratively to explore solutions. Members of our Community Programs team are participating on a committee to provide advice on investing campaign proceeds to address the root causes of homelessness and develop long-term solutions.

King County has the third-largest homeless population in the country, with more than 12,000 people counted during the most recent point-in-time survey. Pearl Jam believes that no one should have to experience homelessness and is challenging the community, businesses, philanthropists and fans to contribute to solutions.

Other partners in this effort include our community partners at United Way of King County; foundation supporters like the Schultz Family Foundation, Raikes Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tableau Foundation; and local businesses such as Ethan Stowell restaurants, Seattle Mariners, Seahawks Players, Starbucks, Zillow Group, Vulcan, Alaska Airlines, Expedia and many others.

To date, more than $9 million has been pledged in this community-wide effort. Donors who would like to make an immediate contribution to The Home Shows can give to the Home Fund at United Way of King County, while those interested in mid- to long-term giving can make a contribution to our Basic Needs Fund.

As the chorus in “Even Flow” says, “Someday yet he'll begin his life again. Life again, life again.” Let's join Pearl Jam and band together to fight homelessness.

 

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