Money, fame and power have the potential to ruin celebrity musicians. But that’s of no relevance to artists like NEEDTOBREATHE, Hillary Scott and Tim McGraw, who are known for using their influence to give back to others.
Grammy-nominated Christian rock group NEEDTOBREATHE teamed up with OneWorld Health to build an outpatient medical clinic in Tola, Nicaragua. The band took action to raise funds and help the region, which previously lacked an accessible and affordable medical center, by donating $1 from every concert ticket sold to OneWorld Health. The grand opening was held in January.
“We are grateful that the generosity and support of our fans, coupled with the team at OneWorld Health, enabled us to make quality, affordable health care a reality for those who desperately need it,” said lead singer Bear Rinehart in a press release last year. “We are humbled to raise our voices to create real, lasting change in the community of Tola.”
Lady Antebellum lead singer Hillary Scott’s first visit to Haiti following the country’s devastating earthquake in 2010 sparked a calling to help orphans in the country. Soon after their initial trip, Scott and her travel companions— Mike and Missy Wilson—created the nonprofit orphanage myLIFEspeaks. Today it provides orphan care and prevention, education and public health in the region of Neply through “campus families” of two parents who help raise the children. Scott traveled back to Haiti in January to celebrate the five-year anniversary of myLIFEspeaks.
Boots on the Ground
Country superstar Tim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, are involved in many charities, but Operation Homefront hits closest to home. With the mission to build strong, stable and secure military families by preventing short-term needs turning into chronic, long-term struggles, the organization provides housing and family support services to veterans. The nonprofit announced in May that its newest mortgage-free home will be built in Holly Ridge, North Carolina, in September for a deserving military family. Operation Homefront has helped meet more than 590,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002, including placing nearly 600 veterans and their families in mortgage-free homes.