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Amplify My Community has directed more than $385,000 to community-based nonprofits since 2011

Today the nonprofit organization Amplify My Community announced $36,500 in gifts to three community-based nonprofits addressing issues surrounding homelessness and poverty.

The 2020 gifts were made possible by Amplify’s sponsors and supporters, who helped raise funds despite cancelations of the organization’s largest 2020 events due to COVID-19.

The gift recipients are:

  • $30,000 to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM)
  • $5,000 to Family Connections-Community in Schools of Athens (FC-CIS)
  • $1,500 to Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM)

The gift to Decatur Cooperative Ministry is especially noteworthy, as it reflects the generosity of Amplify’s sponsors and the community, many of whom declined to accept ticket refunds for the canceled Amplify Decatur Music Festival. The festival was scheduled to feature Indigo Girls, Son Volt, Blind Boys of Alabama, The Cactus Blossoms, and Michelle Malone. With this gift, Amplify has directed more than $265,000 to Decatur Cooperative Ministry.

Amplify is especially grateful for the continued support of its corporate sponsors, including:

Additional supporters include Oakhurst Realty Partners, Natalie Gregory and Co., Plumb Works, Verisail Partners, and Dynamo Swim Club.

During the pandemic, Amplify has focused on socially distant music events, including its Streaming Series and the upcoming Drive-By Flatbed Truck Concert featuring Kevn Kinney of Drivin N Cryin.

Amplify My Community was founded in 2010 and is based in Decatur, Georgia. Its mission is to leverage the universal love of music to fight poverty at the local level. To date, Amplify has produced more than 70 concerts and raised and donated more than $345,000 in unrestricted gifts to locally oriented anti-homelessness and poverty-focused organizations — including more than $235,000 in Decatur. Amplify has held concert series in Atlanta, Athens, Decatur, Suwanee, and Duluth, Georgia; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Decatur Cooperative Ministry’s mission is to help families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives filled with peace, hope, and opportunity. Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) offers transitional housing, shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing programs. DMC’s programs span the entire spectrum of currently recognized homelessness interventions. To accomplish this, DCM partners with 35 congregations from 14 denominations as well as private foundations, universities and schools, government agencies, community groups, and local businesses.

Attention ticket buyers: If you did not request a refund and wish to deduct your ticket purchase as a donation, please consult your tax advisor.