Non-Profit Organizations

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” —Gandhi

Our Non-Profit Village is dedicated to the vision of helping to make the world a better place through political, environmental and social activism. Please be sure to stop by during the Vibes weekend! In the meantime, you can visit the links below to learn more about these important, worthwhile organizations. Please visit our Green Vibes page for more info on our green initiatives. Below are the Non-Profit Organizations that were represented at Vibes in 2014.

Rex Foundation
Furthering what the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago with its own benefit concerts and other fundraising initiatives, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities and educating children and adults everywhere. The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections. The Rex Foundation website provides a complete list of grantees as well as information about current initiatives.

American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut
The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. We staunchly support every person’s right to make personal decisions – without government interference – about religion, political ideals, reproductive choice, marriage, and other family and lifestyle matters. We are working to make sure that emerging technologies do not diminish our rights to privacy and that freedom of speech is protected in cyberspace. The ACLU’s mission remains realizing the promise of the Bill of Rights for all and expanding the reach of its guarantees to new areas.

Bridgeport Regional Business Council
Our mission will be promoting the City of Bridgeport. Our booth will represent the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (local businesses), the Chamber of Commerce and the various attractions here in the City of Bridgeport such as the Barnum Museum, The Discovery Museum, Beardsley Zoo, Harbour Yard (our Bluefish Baseball team stadium) The Arena at Harbour Yard, The Klein Auditorium, Downtown Cabaret Theatre and many restaurants and venues. We will be providing information and maps as it relates to Bridgeport and the surrounding area and basic information such as the closest pharmacy, Home Depot, places to obtain supplies, etc. We will serve as an informational resource to concert goers and represent the City of Bridgeport.

Cell Motion BioBus
Explore the inner lives of barnacles, star fish, snails, and single-celled sea creatures aboard the BioBus, the earth-friendliest mobile science lab. Say hello to the team of scientists, use research microscopes to meet tiny monsters from the ocean waters, and learn how wind, solar, and biofuels can fuel scientific discovery. Check out the BioBus green roof that demonstrates plants can grow anywhere, even on the roof of a bus. Teens join us for our special events where you will get an even deeper look at ocean life. More info and schedules at the Teen Scene.

Bridgeport Community Gardens
Through the Connecticut Community Gardening Association we create and maintain community gardens in Bridgeport on vacant lots to promote health, community and recreation across racial, ethnic, economic and generational lines with neighbors who each have their own plot. We support locally and organically grown food for better health, community and a better planet.

HeadCount is a grassroots organization that uses the power of music to register voters and raise political consciousness. Since 2004 we’ve staged voter registration drives at over 2,000 concerts and signed up over 250,000 voters. We reach young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower.

Jr. Newtown Action Alliance
Being the next generation of leaders and voters, teens of Newtown Connecticut have risen up and have organized like never before. The Junior Newtown Action Alliance has been transforming tragedy into positive cultural change since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14. They have been leading a movement among their peers all across the America. Teachers, law enforcement, parents and students from Texas, Colorado, Florida, Chicago, Hartford and other communities have all reached out to explore opportunities to replicate what the Jr. NAA has started in their own communities, and explore ways to work together to spread this amazing youth movement.

Oxfam America
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice.

The REACH Foundation
The REACH Foundation is a 501.c.3 non-profit founded by Mark and Wendy Wilson in 2000 to help children in need – physically, socially, and financially. The REACH Foundation was originally established to financially aid educational scholarships, continued education and training for educators, unique and beneficial educational programs, and programs that encourage social and responsibility in and out of the classroom. The focus of REACH has expanded to include children with physical, social and financial issues. The primary mission of The REACH Foundation is to reach out to advocate and help children in need and to provide programs to improve their environment. The Foundation’s mission is simple,
“If in only one life, make a difference.®”

Represent.Us: A Fresh Campaign To End Money In Politics Corruption
ERepresent.Us is a national campaign to end the influence of big money special interests in American politics. Money in politics corruption is blocking progress on nearly every issue: from environment to health care; from poverty to foreign policy. While just a year old, Represent.Us is quickly gaining momentum and attention as growing numbers of influentials and everyday Americans realize that scant progress will be made on most issues until we successfully address this one. Represent.Us is building a modern-day anti-corruption movement comprised of grassroots progressives AND conservatives working to pass city and state-based, comprehensive Anti-Corruption laws that would overhaul campaign finance, lobbying and conflict of interest laws and end secret political money. We are getting every elected official in America on the record as for or against reform, as we combine traditional grassroots organizing with cutting edge multi-media marketing.

Save The Sound
The mission of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its program Save the Sound is to protect and improve the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound. We use legal and scientific expertise and bring people together to achieve results that benefit our environment for current and future generations.

For more than four decades, Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound have successfully worked to protect open space, curb greenhouse emissions, block Broadwater, restore key habitats, clean up our beaches, and more.

Solar Bus
Stop by the Solar Bus and step into the world of renewable energy! Recharge your cell phone with the sun at our solar charging station! We’ll have all kinds of educational displays set up for you to interact with, including a solar water fountain, solar toy car and airplane, solar fans, solar psychedelic toys, and much more. At night we’ll be showing solar powered movies. At 10am on Saturday and Sunday we have ‘Solar 101′ classes where you can learn about solar energy and how to run a car on vegetable oil. We also give tours of the bus all day long and have a library and reading lounge, so stop by anytime to learn about solar energy! The Solar Bus is also one of several places you can sign up to join the Green Vibes Carbon Cutters – a group of Vibes folks collectively working to reduce our carbon footprint. See you at the Solar Bus!

The Terrapin Foundation

The Terrapin Foundation believes that through the Arts we can nurture the communities in which we live and thus change the world one community at a time. We strive to do that through many avenues. One is by holding food, clothing and instrument drives. Another is through the Foundation’s Michael J. Potashnick Scholarship Fund, which allows us to identify candidates and distribute School of Rock scholarships to talented children within our communities. In addition, we help other worthy charitable music & art programs & environmental cleanup initiatives. Please visit us the web and on Facebook for more info on our programs or how you can help!

The Wharf Rats
The Wharf Rats are a group of concert goers who have chosen to live drug and alcohol free. Our primary purpose at shows is to make ourselves available to anyone who feels we may have something they want. We don’t tell others how to attend their show. We offer clean and sober support, strength, fellowship and hope. We are not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or any other twelve-step group. We are a group of friends sharing a common bond. Look for the yellow flags, signs and the Wharf Rats information table.

The World As It Could Be: Human Rights Education Program
The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program is an outgrowth of a series of successful initiatives carried out since 2006 to educate and inspire youth and adults to further human rights for all people.

World Peace Sanctuary
The World Peace Sanctuary is the international HQ of the Peace Pole Project, Peace Pals International, and the World Peace Flag Ceremony. Through these programs we promote the universal message: May Peace Prevail On Earth Please visit our booth to register your kids in the international Peace Pals Art Exhibition and to learn about free peace art projects! Join us Sunday morning at 11:40 to carry a flag in the World Peace Flag Ceremony on the main concert field!


WPKN-FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station broadcasting at 10,000 watts on 89.5 Mhz FM in Bridgeport, CT. The station also broadcasts to the bulk of Fairfield and New Haven Counties in Connecticut, Suffolk County in New York (Long Island) as well as parts of Rhode Island. The station dates back to the early 1960’s when it was affiliated with the University of Bridgeport. For the past 15 or so years, WPKN has not been affiliated with UB, but broadcasts from facilities located on the campus. WPKN’s programming is a cornucopia of genres and styles.