You know, for being the richest and most powerful country on the planet, the U.S. has got way too many homeless youths forced to live out on the streets. Frankly it’s a societal failure. But while Washington D.C. isn’t doing shit to address the problem, some assistance is coming from a non-traditional source — Five Finger Death Punch.
Announced moments ago, the band is teaming up with nonprofit organization Covenant House to mark Youth Homelessness Awareness Month by donating a portion of their upcoming tour profits to battle the crisis.
Vocalist Ivan Moody said the collaboration between his band and Covenant House should make perfect sense to anyone that’s been paying attention to Five Finger Death Punch’s music over the years.
“Many of our songs and music videos speak directly to the issues being addressed by Covenant House. Our commitment to donating to support their programs and using our platform to raise awareness perfectly aligns with the band’s and our fans’ values.”
In addition to their monetary donation, the band has committed to using their significant platform to share facts and resources about the ongoing youth housing crisis.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, youth homelessness affects approximately 4.2 million youths and young adults across the country. Of those youths, roughly 700,000 are minors. We’re talking children without the comfort of a home or protection of a family member, parent, or guardian.
Covenant House President and CEO Bill Bedrossian praised FFDP for their assistance this month, citing the band’s major reach as a huge force multiplier for the nonprofit.
“We are so grateful to the band and their entire team for their support of young people served by Covenant House. It is clear that youth homelessness and its connections to foster care and human trafficking are deeply personal to the band. By using their voice to raise awareness about these critical issues, to their vast audience, so many will benefit from knowing there is a community of support, partnering with Covenant House to address the needs of young people experiencing homelessness in the Americas.”
While it’s normally customary here on MetalSucks to dunk on Moody and FFDP from time to time, this is legitimately some great news. Hugely successful bands like FFDP have the chance to do something great with their platform, so to see it actually happen is a great thing.
For more information about the youth homelessness crisis and to find out if one Covenant House’s 34 locations is near you, be sure to check out the nonprofit’s website.
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