“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 have been represented at Vibes.
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.
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.
FC Buzz – Cultural Alliance or Fairfield County
Go to FCBuzz.org to find out what’s happening in the arts & cultural scene around Fairfield County, managed by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, a nonprofit organization that supports organizations, artists and creative businesses with marketing, capacity-building, and advocacy services.
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.
Love Hope Strength Foundation
At Love Hope Strength we turn concerts and festivals into lifesaving events. Through our “GET ON THE LIST” campaign we register fans to the national marrow registry, FREE of charge. LHS has registered over 100,000 people at concerts and festivals around the United States. Over 1,500 potentially life-saving matches for patients in need of marrow donors have been made.
Mid Fairfield AIDS Project
MFAP Mission Statement:
To act as a direct and indirect service provider and advocate for all those affected by HIV/AIDS and other co-morbidities; to create lasting solutions to prevent the spread of HIV/HCV, recurring homelessness and addition though education, prevention programs, collaborations and housing initiatives.
MFAP also “tests, teaches, treats and cures” persons with Hepatitis C.
The office is located at 618 West Avenue in Norwalk.
Music Never Stops: the Tyler Seaman Foundation
Music Never Stops: the Tyler Seaman Foundation uses the power of music to heal. We support music therapy programs for teens and young adults with serious illnesses. Our first project is Tyler’s Room, a space at Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
New England Organ Bank
The New England Organ Bank’s mission is to save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation. You have the Power to Save Lives, register today at www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org.
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.
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.
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.