Artists Striving To End Poverty Inc
October 7, 2009
My relationship with ASTEP began when I attended a ceremony honoring distinguished alumni from my college, Furman University. ASTEP founder Mary-Mitchell Campbell brought an entire room full of Furman's most honored council members to tears with her firsthand experiences of changing children's lives afross the world. ASTEP, I soon came to find out, was hard at work enriching the lives of impoverished children in countries across the globe, doing so primarily through music, dance, visual art, drama, and writing. By fostering an artistic voice within the souls of the orphans she calls her own, Mary-Mitchell's vision of international fiscal harmony begins to resound. ASTEP is AMAZING!
I have volunteered in New York City to produce benefit concerts (namely last Christmas', which starred a number of Broadway stars including Sierra Boggess and Raul Esparza), raise money for the organization, and increase awareness. Although most of my volunteer work has been behind the scenes, I cannot wait to take further steps towards volunteering my time actually in India or South Africa, changing lives through music, one child at a time!
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
...the kinds of demographics it reaches. The audiences at each ASTEP benefit concert comprise of everyone from young hipsters to older donors, and each person is equally touched by ASTEP's message. It is such a joy to see that kind of common bond.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I volunteer for ASTEP as an associate producer (producing benefit concerts throughout the year), by raising money, and increasing awareness.