If the international altruism bug comes biting, there exist many remedies in today’s globalized atmosphere. You could look into flights to humanitarian hotspots such as Africa, but flights can cost as much as $4000. In today’s economy, that is not an option for most of us. Alternatively, one could simply donate funds to a qualified NGO, though that lacks the personal fulfillment volunteering can bring. What is an internationally-conscious Austinite to do?
If choosing to live in the most certifiably rocking city was no coincidence, local aspiring humanitarians can head to 2nd Street Soundcheck Music Festival this Saturday. In its inaugural year, the festival boasts six distinct, prominent and up-and-coming bands, namely Rogue Wave, Poliça, Alpha Rev, Ponderosa, Seryn and Cowboy & Indian. What’s more, the fest is brought to you by Whole Planet Foundation and Comfort The Children International, and while entry is free and open to the public, the food vendors, restaurants and brands (in excess of 40 altogether) of the 2nd Street District will be raising funds and awareness for these worthy causes.
Comfort The Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit which aims to improve conditions in Kenya through a holistic approach, focusing on education, environment, economy, health, and community. In a similar vein, Whole Planet Foundation offers microcredit to families and businesses living in poverty throughout 51 different countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This all goes to say that whatever souvenir you buy or snack you devour serves to bring awareness and support to communities worldwide, all while enjoying the lustrous music scene ours boasts.
The 2nd Street Soundcheck Music Festival will take place this Saturday from 1 P.M. to 7 P.M. on 2nd Street, between Colorado and San Antonio streets, so you can hold off on that international flight (for now)!