Pearl Jam announced in late September that they were working with local groups on an initiative to end youth homelessness in and around Seattle by 2020. They urged businesses in the area to help contribute, and the community has responded extremely positively, having raised almost $17 million ($11 million USD) for the cause.
The band's Home Shows concerts on 8th and 10th August were the inspiration for the contributions.
"A huge thank you to the more than 170 businesses — both big and small — philanthropic partners, and individuals that have committed nearly $11 million to fight homelessness. Even more important is seeing our community and fans rally around this effort. Tens of thousands of you have taken action by signing up for The Home Shows mailing list, watching stories of our neighbors with lived experience with homelessness, volunteering, getting registered to vote - and voting," The band wrote on PearlJam.com.
Pearl Jam also encouraged fans to get personally involved in the fight:
"You have more influence than you think—and now is the time to use it. Email your elected officials and let them know what you want from them. Ask your employers what they’re doing on this issue. Support businesses committed to ending homelessness. Go out of your way to say 'Hello' and 'How can I help?' when you see a neighbor experiencing homelessness. Then, keep learning, donating, volunteering, paying attention and believing. The more than 12,000 people living on the streets of our city need us to."
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