Since its founding, one of Common Ground’s missions has been to not only present great music from a diversity of artists in different genres, and to build a relaxed family-friendly community, but to also raise awareness of organizations that are doing some amazing things to make the world a better place. Common Ground has raised over $30,000 for local, regional, national and global charities, environmental groups, social service agencies, and economic justice organizations. On the local front, we’ve provided donations to Midnight Run, The Beczak Environmental Center, The Sharing Community, Concerned Families of Westchester, and the Westchester Martin Luther King Institute for Nonviolence.
In Fall 2005, we established the Common Ground Microcredit Fund, through which we have made direct donations and low interest microcredit loans to organizations in Westchester, hurricane-stricken Louisiana, and also the developing world. Since then, Common Ground has provided:
$5,000 to Southern Mutual Help Association in New Iberia, Louisiana to assist families still recovering from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina;
$4500 to Midnight Run for its continuing work in bringing dignity and human connection to New York City’s homeless;
$2100 to the First Unitarian Society’s Green Sanctuary Fund for installation of environmentally-friendly lighting and fair trade, shade grown organic coffee.
$2000 to South Presbyterian Church for maintenance of their historic pipe organ following an incident of vandalism
$1,700 to The Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, NY, which promotes wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future.
$1,000 to fund a Women’s Grain Bank project in the village of Tonkassare, Niger;
$1,000 to Oikocredit International for microcredit loans to low-income entrepreneurs in Latin America,
$500 to assist Afya Foundation of America in its efforts to collect medical supplies from major New York City hospitals and other organizations and deliver them to communities in Africa and the Caribbean.
$500 to Just Food, the New York organization that works to bring a healthy, sustainable food system to underserved populations in New York City.
During the 2015-2016 Concert Season, Common Ground will continue to make its annual donations to Midnight Run, a new donation to Martin Luther King Institute for Nonviolence, and to Kiva.org, a global microcredit organizatio.
In addition, Common Ground supports the FUSW Green Sanctuary Committee, for its efforts in minimize the First Unitarian Society’s ecological footprint on the Earth through energy-saving and educational programs, and the purchase of Fair Trade, shade-grown organic coffee.