Lend a Hand: Team Up with Warren Haynes to Build Houses Before the Jam

first_imgHe’s known simply as Doobie. Kent Doobrow followed the Grateful Dead for decades and loves music. He plays music himself in a celebrated band that performs at many outdoor industry events, and he attends most of the big music festivals in the region. But after years of dancing in the crowds with 80,000 others, he decided he wanted to get backstage.Doobrow has represented outdoor gear companies for decades, and he realized that his gear connections might help him get closer to the music he loved. So one day, he approached the Grateful Dead and offered them free sunglasses.“They loved them and wore them everywhere,” says Doobrow. “Probably half of the photographs ever taken of the Grateful Dead include one of the band members wearing the sunglasses I gave them.”It turns out that musicians love outdoor gear, and they often don’t have the time or ability to get it while traveling or touring. Over the years, Doobrow has hooked up many big-name bands with everything from socks to backpacks.For the past decade, as a representative for Merrell, Doobrow has deepened his connection between music and outdoor gear. He has forged a partnership between Merrell and Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam to support the Before the Jam, Lend a Hand project, where volunteers help build homes with Habitat for Humanity in Warren Haynes’ home town of Asheville, N.C., two days before the Christmas Jam.john-from-canada_by-woodyThe Before the Jam, Lend a Hand project has become a central part of the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam experience. Volunteers from all over the country come to Asheville to help build houses on the Thursday and Friday before the annual Christmas Jam on Saturday evening.Doobrow initially gave away free Merrell shoes to everyone who volunteered and paid for the shoes out of his own pocket.“My goal was to get a shitload of volunteers to participate,” he says. “It worked—too well.”So many people signed up that quotas had to be placed on the number of volunteers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration limits the number of volunteers on a construction site due to safety regulations.The Before the Jam, Lend a Hand project is now in its tenth year,  Doobrow and Merrell offer a raffle exclusively for volunteers where they give away hundreds of dollars worth of Merrell gear.Volunteers also received limited edition t-shirts designed with artwork from Dylan Haynes, a local Asheville artist and Warren Haynes’ nephew. Merrell also outfits the Habitat for Humanity house recipients head-to-toe in shoes, gear, and apparel.“I’ve met some amazing people through this event,” says Doobrow. “Many volunteers use this experience to join Habitat for Humanity projects in their home towns. Some have even organized their own concerts to support Habitat, just like Warren Haynes has done.”An Asheville native, Warren Haynes has began organizing the Christmas Jam 27 years ago as a way to support affordable housing in his home town. Proceeds from the concert go to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The Jam has raised more than $2 million for Habitat for Humanity and helped 36 families in need of decent, affordable housing. Donations from the Christmas Jam have helped fund the purchase and construction of an entire subdivision in Asheville called Hudson Hills, named after Warren Haynes’ son Hudson.john-meadows_btj2014_by-woody“It takes a special person to come a few days early and volunteer their time and energy building houses, often in brutal weather,” says Doobrow. “Amazingly, folks come from all over the world to be a part of these home building crews. It’s inspiring to be a small part of it.”On Friday, December 9, at 3 p.m., the public is invited to attend the Wall Raising (at 65 Taft Avenue, Asheville 28803). Warren Haynes and his wife will speak, and so will Doobrow. The house recipients will also be there to help raise the first wall of their new home.Although the Christmas Jam is sold out, there are other ways to join the fun:There are still some volunteer slots available on Thursday, December 8th. Click here to see options and sign up.Attend Jam by Day and/or the Christmas Jam Art Show. Proceeds benefit Asheville Area Habitat.Raise a pint of Sierra Nevada Christmas Jam Ale! Proceeds support Asheville Area Habitat.If you’re attending the Jam, stop by the Habitat table to say hello, learn about programs, donate $1 to sign a stud wall which will be used in the construction of a Jam House, and enter to win a guitar.Donate to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity by visiting org/donateonline. Select Christmas Jam in Area of Support.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Education Funding

first_img Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released a statement regarding equitable education funding in Pennsylvania following the Supreme Court’s ruling.“Today’s ruling presents an opportunity to further assure that students in Pennsylvania have access to a fair education system regardless of their zip code,” Governor Wolf said. “While we have made progress to invest hundreds of millions more in our schools and enact a fair funding formula that takes into account the needs of students in their districts, we know more must be done. This ruling validates my long-held position that the commonwealth must further examine the equity and adequacy of public school funding.”Governor Wolf has steadfastly fought to address education funding in Pennsylvania, especially for struggling and disadvantaged districts, having secured more than $800 million in new funding in the past three years alone. Governor Wolf Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Education Funding September 28, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

2014 WHS Seniors Holly Wright, Ben DeJarnett and Gracie Defore to attend Constitutional Summer Academy in Washington D.C.

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 2013 Wellington High School juniors; Holly Wright, Ben Dejarnett, and GracieDefore after being nominated by their teacher Mike Wilmoth after completing a lengthy essay application to attend the 2013 Constructional Summer Academy held in Washington DC.The Constitutional Academy will be held July 15-20, 2013.The Constitutional Academy – Your Liberty, Your Future is a program of the Bill of Rights Institute, an educational non-profit organization based in Arlington, Virginia, whose mission is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.Thanks to the generous support of the Bill of Rights Institute’s donors, all accepted students will receive a program scholarship which covers the cost of program experiences, lodging, meals, and site visits while in Washington, D.C.Select students will also receive a travel scholarship.For students who do not receive this additional travel scholarship, the only cost that student/family will incur is travel to and from Washington, D.C. All expenses once students arrive at the program will be covered by the Institute.The Constitutional Academy is designed for high school students who love history, the Constitution, politics, or economics. This program allows students to experience Washington, D.C. through site visits, scholar lectures and discussions, activities, group projects, and college and career panels.During the Constitutional Academy, students learn from college professors and subject-matter experts about how history, economics, politics, and current events connect.For more information click here: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/programs-events/students-programs-events/academy/ Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 374 weeks ago Are they constructing a constitution? Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down G Sugar · 374 weeks ago Constructional or Constitutional Academy? Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more