Guitars not Guns

Rating: 4.95 stars   61 reviews

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Location: PO Box 3562 Peachtree City GA 30269 USA

Mission: Provide guitars and lessons to foster kids, at risk youth and other deserving children in a classroom setting with qualified teachers
Results: Kids and teens are served across the USA and Canada. Our program is open to thousands of kids at Boy's & Girl's Clubs, community centers, teen centers, schools and churches.
Target demographics: Underprivileged kids an youth that may engage in gang activity.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Students 500
Geographic areas served: National
Programs: Lessons given on a 8-week schedule through out the year. We help kids that can't be with their parents, at least for a while.
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EIN 91-2069334
770-861-2443
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Rating: 5 stars  

Gregg is one of the few that actually walks his talk. He is so amazing at what he does, and he truly is in it for the kids and his love of music. I have interviewed him on my radio show and we talked at length about the benefits of music, animals, and nature for not only the youth, but for anyone. If you have the opportunity to meet, work, volunteer, or interact with Gregg I highly recommend it. Guitars not Guns is a wonderful organization and we need so many more just like it, doing the good work and inspiring our youth to become the wonderful people we know they are and can.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am priviledged to have met Greg Hammond when we both lived in Big Pine Key, FL approximately 1995. We met while he was playing for a band called "Lemongrass". We became very good friends. Since then life has taken us in different directions. He now lives in Washington and I live in KY. We have gotten back in touch through Facebook. I haven't had any personal experience with his organization "Guitars Not Guns", but I have had the opportunity to learn more about his cause. He has a real passion for what he does which is providing encouragement to children to get music in their lives! He does this with the hope that he can make a difference. He has a burning desire to keep these children off the streets away from violence and crime. He is the most self-less person I know and I am so proud of him.

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I haven't personally experienced the results of this organization, but there are a lot of children who have. That is what is important!

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I wouldn't change a thing! If I had the funds I would make financial donations to the cause. If I lived there I would volunteer my time. I think this is a great cause and I wish this world had more people like all the people involved in this organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gregg is a phenomenal teacher. He really has a way of customizing his teaching so that each person can understand.

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lessons

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hope that it would broaden its reach

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have enough shootings in this world. There can never be enough music.

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On the board of Bahama Village Music Program in Key West.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More publicity

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work of Guitars Not Guns is even more important in today's economic environment where schools are cutting arts programs. GNG serves low-income children in DC whose parents cannot afford to purchase instruments or lessons for them. These children are also heavily at risk for joining gangs. GNG provides a positive and creative outlet - learning to play guitar - that helps introduce young children to the arts and lets them know that they have other options besides getting involved with violence. GNG has a lesson plan for the children who participate in the program - they learn all of the basic chords for guitar. Kids graduate from the program when they are able to play all of the chords and they are given the guitar to keep to hopefully continue playing.

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I've gone to fundraisers held by this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them raise enough money to be able to hire at least a part-time staffer for the program.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

My guitar teacher is the coordinator for this program

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Guitars not Guns is a wonderful all volunteer non profit that helps kids by teaching them music, guitar, and self esteem. It gives them a place to go and a wonderful skill to learn and fall in love with. It affords them a respite from the normal world and an alternative to finding trouble in the streets. Children who study music do better in school and in life. Music, like all the arts, expands the mind and lifts the spirits. This is a very worthy cause that could use all the help it can get!

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I have volunteered to help with this program at a street fair and in promoting it on the web.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get many more volunteers helping to make it happen and grow bigger

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization really captured a sentiment of compassion and sharing for the sake of spreading love, the essence of music. Guitars not Guns

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how they get others excited about making music.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more dedicated members to join.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I belong to the Aaron Brown chapter of Guitars Not Guns, a memorial chapter for a friend of mine who had the deepest love for music of all of my friends, and the greatest heart I've ever met. This organization couldn't have been a better match to help remember my friend and promote his legacy. Though I had little direct experience with the organization, I can tell you that from the little experience I had, along with the experiences I've heard from others in our chapter, this group is one of the most dedicated, genuine, and compassionate non-profit groups I've probably ever heard of. They're unique mission is unparalleled and potential is astronomical. I only expect great things from this organization and wish them the best.

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I'm not sure what this is asking.

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I would publicize this organization more because it has so much potential but is not known as well as it should be for the benefits it reaps in the communities.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

Well, I went to Annandale High School as well. Also, my friends got an scholarship from Guitars Not Guns. I used to be in Guitar Class with Mr. Key and he mentioned this organization and how it helps

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I love to play guitar and the fact that I am helping people by playing guitar changed my life

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more support

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

School

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of this organization after my friend's parents partnered with them after his passing and feel honored to know people who are involved with this non-profit group. Their task is simple yet their accomplishments are extraordinary. By providing troubled and underprivileged youths the ability to express themselves through the simple means of music gives them a door to opportunities they may not have had a chance to experience before. I hope Guitars Not Guns is able to get the recognition it deserves and along with the recognition it receives ample resources to continue its success.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their ability to bring together the community of Annandale after the passing of Aaron Brown and to continue his legacy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not, I feel this organization is well run.

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