Amplify Decatur Crowd

Today the nonprofit organization Amplify My Community announced a $50,000 gift to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) to support the organization’s efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness and poverty in Decatur and DeKalb County. The unrestricted gift was made possible by funds generated at the Amplify Decatur Music Festival, held October 1 and 2, and is the largest in Amplify’s history.

The festival was presented by Lenz and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic.

Amplify Decatur featured performances by Indigo Girls, John Paul White, Shawn Mullins, Rodney Crowell, Blind Boys of Alabama, The Cactus Blossoms Duo, Michelle Malone, and others.

Decatur Cooperative Ministry offers several housing and prevention programs all along the continuum of homelessness service. Its primary programs include:

  • Hagar’s House: An emergency night shelter and assessment center, providing up to 90 days of night shelter for families with children;
  • Family House: A transitional housing program, providing housing and supportive services to move families from homelessness to self-reliance in six months;
  • Family Success: A program offering permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless families (those with extensive histories of homelessness who have at least one member with a diagnosed disability). Their families receive long-term support and services, ensuring lasting housing stability.
  • Project Take Charge: A homelessness prevention program providing emergency assistance (in the form of rent/mortgage and utility assistance) to at-risk families, seniors, and veterans in danger of eviction, foreclosure, or disconnection of utility services.

Event sponsors include LenzEddie’s AtticDecatur Package StoreLeafmore Group, Iris and Bruce Feinberg, Oakhurst Realty PartnersNatalie Gregory & Co., Savannah Distributing Co., Three Taverns, and Creature Comforts Brewing Co. As well as, Cox Media Group, Viral Solutions, Georgia Urology, WABE, Hall Booth Smith, Plumb Works, Topo Chico, Verisail Partners, Visit Decatur, Brick Store Pub, Decatur CD, Travis Grubb/Keller Knapp, and Trove Home.

To-date, Amplify has donated more than $450,000 in unrestricted gifts to locally oriented anti-homelessness and poverty-focused organizations — including more than $285,000 in Decatur.

“Amplify has proven to be one of the best homegrown music festivals around– with an incredibly talented and musically-diverse line-up, high-quality production, and the best local food and craft beer offerings,” said Drew Robinson, president of the Amplify My Community board of directors. “Our focus on the festival has enabled us to responsibly grow and continue to improve so that we can celebrate our heroes at Decatur Cooperative Ministry with a stout financial gift year after year. We are humbled by their work and grateful for our wonderful partnership.”

The 2022 Amplify Decatur Music Festival will be held Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23. Performers will be announced later this year.

For more information on upcoming events and to donate to Amplify My Community, please visit AmplifyMyCommunity.org.

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 $450,000 in unrestricted gifts to locally oriented anti-homelessness and poverty-focused organizations — including more than $285,000 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.

We have some great news to share with you: our Streaming Series is back in 2021 to make your Thursday evenings a little more musical! It all kicks off on February 4!

Once again, Waller’s Coffee Shop will host our Streaming Series every other Thursday evening at 8:30 p.m. Visit Amplify My Community’s Facebook page to enjoy the shows from the comfort and safety of your home. Since last summer, these events have been such a bright spot for Amplify, as they’ve given artists a rare opportunity to perform, viewers a little musical magic, and our beneficiaries a much-needed source of support.

And, if the spirit moves you, your generosity will help the artists, Waller’s, and our charitable beneficiaries—who need our help now more than ever. Donate here!

And we couldn’t be more excited to kick off our season with Run Katie Run!

Run Katie Run is Kate Coleman, Corey Coleman, Adam Pendlington, Ian Pendlington, and Stephen Quinn. They make up a roots-rock band that’s a combination of Kate’s addiction to Dolly Parton, The Chicks, and Grace Potter with a healthy smattering of Corey’s Eric Clapton inspired guitar solos, Adam’s Shakey Graves influenced picking, Stephen’s love for Vulfpeck-esque bass lines, and Ian’s energized Avett-Brothers-like drumming.

Their new single “15 Minutes” is out today and you should really check it out HERE. Besides the fact that the song is fantastic and they’re phenomenally talented musicians, they’re also super nice folks and great supporters of Amplify.

We’ll be announcing more streaming show dates and artists soon, so stay tuned!

Tune in Thursday, February 4 at 8:30 p.m. to Facebook Live to see Run Katie Run! You won’t regret it!

WATCH LIVE HERE!

Run Katie Run

Our favorite seasonal tradition is back again this year! The enormously generous folks at Decatur Package Store are once again holding their Van Winkle rare whiskey sale and 100% of the proceeds are being given to Amplify My Community. We can’t believe our good fortune.

Here’s how it works:

  • On December Friday, December 4, and/or Saturday, December 5, head over to DPS (1220 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, GA 30030).
  • The sale begins at 9 a.m. 
  • Once there, form an orderly line at the door.
  • We limit one bottle per customer (though you may go back to the end of the line for a second bottle if we haven’t sold out for the day).
  • DPS has split the bottles evenly between the two sale days (see below for the full list).
  • Any unsold bottles on Friday will be added to Saturday.

Amplify will be selling the items directly to you. You’ll pay us directly, receive a donation letter, if you choose, and receive the product.

Here’s the final lineup by day:

Friday Auction Items – 21 bottles

George T Stagg – $500
Thomas Handy Rye – $425
Sazerac Rye 18yr – $1,200
Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr – $575
Van Winkle 12yr – $630
Van Winkle 15yr – $1,600
Van Winkle 23yr – $2,300
2020 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edit. – $400
2018 Four Roses 130th Small Batch Limited Edit. (SIGNED) – $400
Elijah Craig 18yr – $250
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon – $625
2020 Parker’s Heritage – $375
Old Fitzgerald 14yr Fall 2020 – $350

Saturday Auction Items – 21 bottles
George T Stagg – $500
EH Taylor 18yr Marriage – $1,600
Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr – $575
Van Winkle 12yr – $630
Van Winkle 15yr – $1,600
Van Winkle Rye 13yr – $1,300
2020 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edit. – $400
2019 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edit. – $350
Elijah Craig 18yr – $250
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon – $625
2020 Parker’s Heritage – $375
Old Fitzgerald 14yr Fall 2020 – $350

Again, Herb at DPS is directing all profits from this incredible sale to Amplify to help continue our work to alleviate homelessness and poverty in our communities. So, you’ll be able to get your holiday shopping done and win some major karmic points!

Amplify Decatur Crowd

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.

Amplify My Community is proud to introduce its Summer Streaming Series, a twice-monthly live stream music event featuring performances by a collection of the very best local and regional singers, songwriters, and bands.

The inaugural concert will be held June 11 at 8:30 p.m. EST and feature Ghost Stories: A collaborative project with an ever-revolving door of artists and musical styles. At the helm is Jared Humphries, formerly of award-winning band Jared&Amber.

The shows will be broadcast live on Amplify’s Facebook page from Waller’s Coffee Shop in Decatur, Georgia, every other Thursday at 8:30 p.m. this summer!

Viewers will be encouraged to financially support Amplify’s mission of leveraging the universal love of music to fight poverty and homelessness at the local level.

Here’s is the schedule, so far:

June 11 – Ghost Stories
June 25 – Slow Parade
July 9 – Kristen Englenz
July 23 – Mike Killeen

…and more to come!

Hope to (virtually) see y’all there!