Here at the Academy Center of the Arts, we love to jump at opportunities to work together with other nonprofits in efforts to benefit each other and the community. There was an excellent chance to do just that when assisting the Amherst Habitat for Humanity in their fourteenth annual Bluegrass: Working on a Building 2017. This is the second year our two organizations have embarked on this collaboration.
During this event, guests filled the Academy’s Joy and Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre on Jan. 14, 2017 to hear talented bluegrass bands (Deer Creek Boys, New Standard, James River Cutups and more!) and raise funds for Amherst Habitat.
Debbie Habel, Executive Director of the Amherst Habitat for Humanity said, “joining forces with other non-profits helps us to keep our expenses low for fundraisers! Fundraisers are not only a means to obtain monies but they are also important for establishing goodwill and educating the public about our programs.”
It was a night to remember, consisting of community, bluegrass jams, food by Dave’s Dawgs, and a pick-a-prize raffle. All this combined under a chance for the community to gather together for the greater purpose of benefiting an organization dedicated to making life better for people in need. Nothing bad about a single part of that, right?
Amherst Habitat for Humanity’s stated mission is, “Putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.”
This year alone, the Amherst Habitat for Humanity has completed two rehabs under their Aging in Place program, as well as completed three homes under their New Construction Program and have started another.
Because of Bluegrass: Working on a Building 2017, Amherst Habitat was able to further succeed in their mission that day. Cheers to a successful event!
Not only was Amherst Habitat’s mission accomplished that night, but so was the Academy’s. It’s the passion of the Academy to encourage and provide ways for community outreach because when nonprofits join together with community outreach in mind, the possibilities are endless. All that is needed is a place, willing people, good food—and of course on occasion—a bluegrass band or two.
“We believe our primary job at the Academy is to strengthen our community through arts and culture. What better way to shine a spotlight on the important work of Amherst Habitat for Humanity than through music,” said Academy Executive Director and Amherst County native, Geoffrey Kershner.