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Two Things We Love - Homeboy Industries & Solar - Come Together

09/23/13

  08:49:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 397 words  
Categories: Solar Events, Non-profit solar

Two Things We Love - Homeboy Industries & Solar - Come Together

Homeboy IndustriesHow about this for a great match: Homeboy Industries, that great charity in LA that helps former gang members find a better life, is finally getting solar installed on their HQ in downtown LA!  (Sadly not by us, but you can’t have everything.)  This is a great story and even better - you can help make it happen! (H/T Carter Lavin.)

LA-based indie rock band, Trapdoor Social is helping to raise the money needed to fund the solar project through its collaboration with Pledge Music.  At their dedicated site, Alternative Rock for Alternative Energy, Trapdoor Social is encouraging its followers to make a minimum $10 pledge to help fund the project.  But they are offering way more cool ways to support the cause: $50 gets you a custom t-shirt signed by the band, $100 gets you a songwriting session, $200 gets you added as an official sponsor on the solar plaque, and $1,500 will get you a private concert.  Pretty cool.

Wonder how cool?  Check out this track:

From the press release:

“Our goal is to use our band as a vessel for communication and to convey the urgency of environmental responsibility,” noted lead singers of Trapdoor Social Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk.

Trapdoor Social will work with GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization that leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems exclusively for low-income homeowners, providing needed savings for families struggling to make ends meet, preparing workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry and reducing carbon emissions.

“This is an exciting project that brings music and sustainability together for the community in a smart innovative way,” said GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles Executive Director Susie Chang.  “As a partner of Homeboy Industries we’re thrilled to be asked to install solar panels on their building.”

Homeboy Industries, which was founded in Los Angeles by Father Greg Boyle, serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs and operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites.  Homeboy Industries covers tuition and supply costs for its clients who wish to enroll in the Photovoltaic Training program at East Los Angeles Skills Center.  Homeboy also offers additional tutoring to help students pass a national credentialing test that makes its clients competitive candidates for employment in the green industry.

Join us in helping make this worthwhile project a reality - pledge today!

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Comment from: alex.deeter [Member]  
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The amazing thing is Homeboy Industries (and other charities Everybody Solar helps) will be saving $3,000+ each year. That’s over $75k total savings - probably more with rate inflation! Great blog post! Read more at: http://bit.ly/15ZPUyM
09/24/13 @ 09:16
Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO [Member]  
Thanks, Alex - it is a great deal for Homeboy and I’m confident that they will turn those savings into programs that will help more folks live productive lives. Win-win!
09/24/13 @ 09:27
Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
In addition, Run on Sun offers solar consulting services, working with consumers, utilities and municipalities to help them make solar power affordable and reliable.

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