The mission was to glean ideas to combat homelessness elsewhere, but rock star Jon Bon Jovi walked away with something more after his surprise visit Thursday to a downtown Minneapolis shelter.
WASHINGTON — Singer Jon Bon Jovi is hoping to rouse the crowds at his concerts into volunteering.
The rock star will promote President Barack Obama’s service initiative “United We Serve” in a video to run at 30 concert venues in the U.S., starting Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. AmeriCorps members and volunteers from local nonprofits will also be on hand to talk with concertgoers about how to find or create community service jobs through the program’s Web site.
Jon Bon Jovi spent the afternoon on Monday touring the infamous ‘Skid Row’ and it’s housing initiative the ‘Lamp Community’. Jon was accompanied by Steve Lopez, the LA Times writer whose column about a cellist with schizophrenia inspired the film ‘The Soloist’ (pictured with Jon).
SEATTLE – Jon Bon Jovi’s new tour is bringing the veteran rock star to venues he doesn’t usually visit on the road.
A shelter for hardcore alcoholics in Seattle. A tour of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Perhaps a squatters village in Sacramento.
That’s because this tour in support of Bon Jovi’s latest release, “The Circle,” is also a fact-finding mission. The singer plans on visiting as many homeless shelters and programs as time allows in hopes of getting ideas and inspiration to shape his own work with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a Philadelphia-based charity that fights homelessness by building affordable housing, establishing community kitchens and cleaning up vacant lots in blighted neighborhoods.
Jon Bon Jovi took a break from rehearsals in Seattle yesterday to pursue his philanthropic passion for addressing the issue of homelessness in America. While in Seattle rehearsing for the kick off of his band’s latest world tour, the rock icon represented the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in an info-gathering visit to one of Seattle’s most widely recognized homeless organizations.