Today NFTN announced it is directing two donations of $19,000 each to Urban Rest Stop and the Vera Project. The contributions were surprise gifts from an anonymous supporter, who requested Noise for the Needy distribute them to worthy organizations.
Urban Rest Stop provides facilities downtown and in the University District for homeless people to shower, wash clothes and more. The Vera Project is an all-ages, nonprofit music and arts venue that encourages participation in culture through concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and other opportunities.
“We think of these gifts as a challenge to our community,” said Richard Green, director and co-founder of Noise for the Needy. “We hope others will rise to meet this generosity with their own year-end donations to Vera and Urban Rest Stop.”
The donation comes at moment of strategic growth for the Vera Project. In 2013, the organization launched summer camp programs in silkscreen design and audio production, and continued to build the audience and membership of its Seattle Center facility.
“We can’t thank our friends at Noise for the Needy enough for this generous donation,” said Vera’s director of development, Kristina Goetz. “Every gift, whether it’s $19,000 or $19, is vital to helping us serve young people in our region.”
Urban Rest Stop’s shower, restroom and laundry facilities are integral to helping homeless people get jobs, keep jobs, stay safe and be treated with respect.
“It’s not just about health, it’s also about dignity,” said Ronni Gilboa, program manager at Urban Rest Stop. “This gift is critical to the hundreds of adults, kids and families we’ll see this month alone.”
Since 2004, Noise for the Needy has raised in total more than $170,000 for local charities, including Ballard Food Bank, Teen Feed, Seattle Community Law Center, Roots Youth Shelter and others.
During that time, the festival has hosted more than 400 bands, including the Maldives, Talib Kweli, Sandrider, the Handsome Family, Ravenna Woods, Hey Marseilles, Okkervil River, Visqueen, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter and Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band.