Goods for Good – Yellow Bird Project

yellowbirdproject.comThe Yellow Bird Project is a favorite of mine because it combines three of my favorite things – indie music, arty tees, and helping a greater cause (or in this case, many different causes). Read more about their mission.

The Yellow Bird Project has teamed up with indie music artists and has created a line of band-designed t-shirts, sweatshirts, and even an Indie Rock Coloring Book (hand-illustrated by Andy J. Miller), whose proceeds benefit several different charities and non-profit organizations.

I want to buy all of these tees, but some of the causes were especially meaningful to me.

The Bon Iver tee benefits Interval House, “a Toronto-based women’s shelter, which provides a range of services which enable abused women and children to have access to safe shelter and responsive services that help them establish lives free from violence. They provide a continuum of specialized services related to counselling, advocacy, outreach, legal and housing support, as well as programs to help build economic self-sufficiency.” -YBP

Rilo Kiley chose Free Arts for Abused Children, “which is a national non-profit organization that integrates the healing and therapeutic power of the arts into the lives of children and youth who have been abused.” -YBP. As a future art therapist, I loved that my favorite indie lady chose this!

I was also really happy about Wolf Parade. Their tee benefits the Glass Casters Union,  a group of artists creating limited edition indie-music themed recycled glass ornaments. GCU is non-profit and “all profits from the sale of these ornaments go back to our local community in the form of assistance for homeless and low-income people through emergency services, housing, jobs, training, and other charitable endeavors.” –GCU Buy some tees and some ornaments!

These are just a few of the bands participating. Check out the YBP site and on the left, you will find a full list including groups for environmental conservation, social change, human rights, wildlife protection, addiction recovery, and research/support for AIDS, cancer, leukemia, and more. Below the list is a drop-down menu to search by organization or cause.

If you haven’t heard these bands yet, please check out what they’re doing. Talented and conscientious – my kind of people! Many can be found at (insert band name here) to stream music and videos, find tour dates, and buy albums.

~ by Katherine Cota MacDonald on September 4, 2009.

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