Concert with Joseph Wooten to Bring Awareness to Homelessness in the Northshire
Three-time Grammy nominated artist Joseph Wooten returns to Manchester to perform on Friday, September 25, with local favorites The Bondville Boys and Saints and Liars, in a concert intended to shed light on the growing reality of homelessness in our communities. The event takes place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse in Dorset. Tickets, $20, are available at Berkshire Bank, Dorset’s H.N. Williams Store and the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce.
Wooten is a composer producer, educator and motivational speaker, and has been a member of The Steve Miller Band since 1993. He can often be found speaking to college students, high school and middle school students about character development, self esteem, self respect and personal growth using his own life experiences as examples. When he first heard about Worldwide ‘I Matter, You Matter’ Day sponsored by the non-profit You Are Never Alone Foundation (YANAF), he contacted founder Salley Gibney to offer a special song and video to be included in the day’s events. Later, he came to the area to meet her and appear on her GNAT-TV show, ‘Let’s Talk.’
“Joseph loved YANAF’s message and its Caring Coins, but felt we could add something more substantial like new blankets for the homeless,” stated Gibney. “I spoke with Chris Oldham, director of the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless, who agreed that a new blanket of their own would mean so much to a homeless person or someone in transition.” Now, with the help of Henry and David Chandler at Chandler’s Corners, community members can sponsor new woolen blankets for children, teens and adults, including veterans, with the message ‘I Matter, You Matter.’ More information can be found at yanaf.org or call at 802-442-2424.
Wooten, You Are Never Alone Foundation and Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless are also partnering to bring awareness of homelessness to area schools. Prior to the concert, Wooten will speak with students at Burr and Burton Academy, Arlington High School, Long Trail School, Mount Anthony High School, Spaulding High School in Barre, U32 in Montpelier and the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. He will also appear at the Publik House in Bennington in Thursday, September 24. “When I asked him if this schedule was too much,” said Gibney, “he replied ‘This is why I’m coming.’”