Pearl Jam have announced that their Home Shows initiative has raised close to $11 million, which will be distributed to nearly 100 organizations in an effort to fight homelessness in Seattle and King County. The money was raised with the assistance of over 170 partners and various individuals.
The band commented:
“A HUGE thank you to the more than 170 businesses—both big and small—philanthropic partners, and individuals that have committed nearly $11 million to fight homelessness.
Even more important is seeing our community and fans rally around this effort. Tens of thousands of you have taken action by signing up for The Home Shows mailing list, watching stories of our neighbors with lived experience with homelessness, volunteering, getting registered to vote – and voting.
And this is just the beginning. You have more influence than you think—and now is the time to use it.
Email your elected officials and let them know what you want from them. Ask your employers what they’re doing on this issue. Support businesses committed to ending homelessness. Go out of your way to say “Hello” and “How can I help?” when you see a neighbor experiencing homelessness.
Then, keep learning, donating, volunteering, paying attention, and believing. The more than 12,000 people living on the streets of our city need us to.
– Ed, Stone, Mike, Jeff & Matt”