2005 Grantee Profiles

Marsh Youth Theater
1062 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
JERRY GARCIA AWARD. MYT provides high quality theater arts education to San Francisco Youth with a focus of outreach to children living in the multicultural Mission District. The theater brings to the Mission community a much needed, intensive and unique integrated arts education program year round. MYT encourages a love for the arts and its development, social and academic excellence, the ability to follow through on a project and to work collaboratively, the development and strengthening of public presentation skills and increased self esteem. At the core of all Marsh programs is the belief that if each individual is given the tools, technique and venue to be successful in one venture, the seeds are planted to build a fundamental belief in one’s ability for success.
PO Box 51840
New Orleans, LA 70157
RALPH GLEASON AWARD. WWOZ is a listener-supported, community radio station established to serve the musicians of New Orleans. Its mission is to celebrate the cultural diversity of the city and its surrounding regions through music and information. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, WWOZ is committed to create pro-active means to advocate for the musicians and the music culture of New Orleans. The station is establishing a news service for their website and broadcast/streaming operations in order to keep displaced musicians informed and connected to one another and the city. As the communication hub for New Orleans roots music culture, WWOZ will be called upon during the next few years to raise awareness of musician’s needs as well as organizing an on-going discussion and ultimately developing an agenda for action.
Mercy Corps
Dept. W, PO Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208-2669
BILL GRAHAM AWARD. Mercy Corps alleviates suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. The Rex Foundation Award is in support of work in Western Sudan’s Darfur region, where Mercy Corps is providing essential humanitarian assistance to approximately 89,000 internally displaced Sudanese in the Zalingie corridor, where hundreds of thousands have fled to seek refuge from violence. More than 160 agency staff are striving to save lives and alleviate suffering in the Hessa-Hissa, Hamidiya and Mukjar refugee camps by improving sanitation and hygiene, distributing relief items, providing protection and skill-building activities for women and creating safe places for children to learn and play.
JazzMasters Workshop
PO Box 73
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
JazzMasters Workshop (JMW) puts the power of music performance directly in the hands of children and young adults by providing them unprecedented access to world class professional musicians. By facilitating weekly, hands on performance oriented workshops, artists directly interact with, educate and inspire students. At the core of JMW is the belief that consistent mentoring and music are key catalysts in keeping children in school, out of gangs and off drugs. Having successfully implemented over 1,300 workshops since its initial rollout, JMW has refined three turnkey music mentoring programs that can be quickly and cost effectively implemented by regional facilitators. These workshops are hosted at schools and community centers to make the programs easily accessible to all students interested in participating. The Rex grant has been given to set up a San Francisco program.
A Living Library
(a project of Life Frames, Inc.)
93 Mirabel
San Francisco, CA 94110
A Living Library exists to function as a community learning environment using a systemic approach to environmental transformation through interdisciplinary, project-based learning, community ecological planning and state-of-the-art communication technologies. A Living Library is committed to educating youth and adults through projects that enhance communities by participatory development of the local habitat using local resources. An example of a Living Library is OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park, a project involving three schools in San Francisco “ San Miguel Child Development Center, James Denman Middle School and Balboa High School. The schools sit on a contiguous piece of land of about nine acres, separated with concrete, asphalt and chain-linked fences and are currently being transformed integrating the ecological, built and cultural milieu of the site. The transformation links to the curricula of the three schools, teaching math, science, social studies, language arts, technology and the arts through involvement in interdisciplinary, project-based learning.
Organic Farming Research Foundation
PO Box 440
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
The mission of Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is to sponsor research related to organic farming practices, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues. OFRF’s work has catalyzed the development of new organic farming knowledge and prodded Congress, the USDA and universities to begin serving the needs of organic family farmers. Farmers and researchers have used OFRF’s grants as a springboard to further research of use to more farmers “ building the public knowledge base that organic growers need to be successful. These researchers have often gone on to become leaders in organic agricultural science and their institutions have developed organic programs and become better resource providers to local farmers.
People’s Grocery
3265 Market Street
Oakland, CA 94608
People’s Grocery is a community-based organization working to find creative solutions to the food needs of the residents of West Oakland by building a local food system and local economy. Their mission is to uphold the human right to healthy and affordable food and to build community self-reliance by increasing neighborhood access to locally-produced fruits and vegetables and by promoting social enterprise, youth entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture and grassroots organizing. The vision is to help transform West Oakland into a thriving center of economic well-being, sustainability, and social justice supported by an entrepreneurial spirit for innovation and self-determination. In use is a cross-sectoral strategy of bringing grassroots organizing and street-level marketing together with socially responsible business and agricultural practices to positively impact problems facing West Oakland.
San Francisco Youth and Government Delegation
Embarcadero YMCA
169 Stuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Youth & Government is a state wide program that engages urban youth in a hands-on approach to learning democracy. Teens from grades 10-12 spend 6 months researching the lawmaking process, how government works, and drafting legislation. The program culminates in a 5-day model legislative session and court in Sacramento, complete with youth governor, youth justices and the enactment of legislation. “Democracy must be learned by every generation,” is the program’s motto. The San Francisco Delegation includes over forty students who attend approximately thirteen different high schools. They are a diverse group in many respects including culture, socio-economic status, political beliefs and style.
Sustainable Fishery Advocates
PO Box 233
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Sustainable Fishery Advocates (SFA) seeks to educate consumers, restaurants, distributors, and retailers on sustainable fishery issues, with the goal of decreasing unsustainable fishing practices, while improving the livelihoods of people who fish, fish populations and ocean ecosystems. SFA was founded in 2002 to promote sustainable seafood. The flagship project, FishWise, is an innovative, comprehensive seafood labeling system for grocery stores that makes it easy for consumers to choose sustainable seafood. SFA also works with Environmental Defense to develop seafood labeling that will provide consumers with information about the level of mercury and other contaminants in seafood.
Californians for GE-Free Agriculture
15290 Coleman Valley Rd.
Occidental, CA 95465
Californians for GE-Free Agriculture (Cal GE-Free) is a well-researched, community based coalition that brings together sustainable agriculture farmers and organizations with consumer and environmental groups in order to educate, evaluate and address the environmental, human health, and economic risks of genetic engineering (GE) in agriculture. Cal GE-Free is the only organization in the state working solely to stop GE in California agriculture. Victories against GE in California are vital in stopping the spread of GE crops nation and worldwide. This became apparent when Cal GE-Free helped create California’s organics certification, which led to the USDA organics standard. They are actively reaching across California with 16 locally-based volunteer led GE-Free groups regionally campaigning to educate their community and restrict GE crop production. The Rex grant has been given to support these courageous visionaries in hope that California may set a nationwide standard of abolishing GE in agriculture.
Environmental Protection Information Center
P.O.Box 397
Garberville, CA 95542
The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is a community based organization that combines public education, citizen advocacy and strategic litigation with integrated, science-based approaches to protect and restore forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries, and native species in northwest California. EPIC originated in 1977 in response and defense of aerial pesticide application by industrial logging companies in Humboldt County. Since that victory, it has worked to ensure that state and federal agencies uphold environmental laws and protect endangered species. With many victories establishing legal precedents, EPIC has filed approximately 70 lawsuits in defense of endangered species and habitats. While they remain vigilant in their efforts to protect forests and watersheds on corporate-owned forestland, EPIC has expanded its program areas to address the growing risks that are now facing other areas of the North Coast. Their primary program areas today are Industrial Forestry Reform, National Forest Conservation, our Humboldt Bay Initiative, and Biodiversity Protection.
Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
1095 Market St, Ste 712
San Francisco, CA 94103
Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice is a multiracial grassroots organization that works to educate, empower, mobilize, and unite community members and the public at large to stop existing and potential threats from pollution. They blend environmental justice, cutting edge technical analysis, legal strategies, political lobbying, and public demonstrations into coherent campaigns that have won them tremendous victories since their recent inception. Greenaction was founded in 1997 by California and Arizona environmental justice leaders as a response to serious health threats due to industry and governmental practices of environmental racism and injustice. The Rex Foundation grant will be used towards Greenaction’s Stop Incinerators in Disguise, Support Healthy Communities campaign, working to prevent the sting of incineration-like technologies for medical and solid waste, tires, and sewage sludge in California and Arizona. The goal is to continue the decade long trend to move the waste industry away from incineration towards zero-dioxin waste treatment and pollution prevention programs, and to share the victories and expertise with allies across the U.S. and the world.
Global Health Through Education, Training and Service
8 North Main Street, Suite 404
Attleboro, MA 02703
Global Health Through Education, Training and Service (GHETS) is a non-profit organization based in the USA that implements innovations in education and service to improve health in poor and underserved communities in developing countries. Working in close partnership with organizations and individuals to emphasize grassroots partnerships, sustainability, and development of primary healthcare infrastructure, GHETS community members are motivated by the belief that well trained and supported doctors, nurses, and allied health workers are the key to sustainable change. Founded in 2002 by a small international group of physicians and health advocates, GHETS arose from the apparent critical need for an organization that could link and support individuals, institutions, and other organizations committed to realizing the vision of healthcare for all. Today, GHETS works in close partnership with a global network of organizations and individuals committed to improving the health of communities, including universities, health policy makers, healthcare professionals and grassroots groups from more than 70 countries.
The Association for the Preservation of Peruvian Textiles
2 South Pinehurst #2D
New York, NY 10033
The Association for the Preservation of Peruvian Textiles (TAPPT) is a nonprofit organization with the intention to preserve and empower the textile tradition and indigenous wisdom of Peru’s ancient civilizations, which map human interconnectedness with Mother Earth, and make it available to future generations. Without a written language, the ancient Incas communicated their wisdom in cloth, documenting and representing cultural and ancestral concepts and beliefs. TAPPT’s mission is to promote the continuation of the traditional lifestyle of harmonious existence with the environment while creating a sustainable economy for the tribe through the marketing of their textiles. To raise awareness and broaden their support base, TAPPT offers talks, workshops, courses and presentations at conferences and universities. The Rex Foundation grant will fund TAPPT’s model for sustainable economic activity based on nurturing a symbiotic relationship between modern technology and indigenous knowledge and traditional lifestyles as a paradigm to be recognized and reproduced by other projects and nations.
The Immediate Life
P.O.Box 1556
Canal St Station
New York, NY 10013
The Immediate Life is a collaboration of Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping with Forest Ethics to set a precedent by changing companies’ purchasing decisions from sacrificing California and Canada old growth forests for paper pulp for catalogues. The catalogue industry accounts for over 18 billion catalogs a year; and while much of the pulp comes from threatened old growth boreal forests, many of the catalogues go straight into landfills; Victoria’s Secret alone generates one million catalogues a day, of which 97% are expected to go directly into the garbage. This campaign is of utmost importance, for Victoria’s Secret corporate leadership is expected to be making important decisions regarding whether or not to heed Forest Ethic’s advice to switch paper production to recycled stock. With the Rex Foundation grant and the uniting of Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping with Forest Ethics, their audience, momentum and campaign power will be amplified and voiced loud enough to be heard over the chainsaws in time to make a significant difference and set an example.
Tipitinas Foundation
c/o 4040 Tulane Ave, Ste 8000
New Orleans, LA 70119

Grant from the Rex Foundation’s Hurricane Katrina Recovery Fund

The Tipitinas Foundation was established in New Orleans in 1997 in support of childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the viability of New Orleans music as a cultural, educational and economic resource. Named after the Tipitinas music venue, a revered cultural icon instrumental in the development and promotion of New Orleans music around the world, the foundation’s mission has changed to focusing on rebuilding the community devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Funds raised will now be allocated towards finding musicians housing, gigs, and instruments. The Rex Foundation grant supports Tipitinas as the most direct and reliable avenues to getting aid to musicians who most need it.
Planet Care
801 Cedar Street, Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94701
Planet Care provides humanitarian aid to suffering people around the globe, with a current focus on granting much needed medical care to mothers and children along the Thai-Burma border. Fifty years of civil war, tropical and infectious disease, and excessive land-mining have contributed to displacing thousands of people and giving Burma one of the worst health records in Southeast Asia; many Burmese refugees lack any form of basic health care. Planet Care arose out of this need in 1989 starting out with one doctor in a single wooden shack and has now grown into a bustling medical village and hospital that treats over 30,000 patients a year. Yet today, countless families are hiding in the jungle without access to medical care. The grant from the Rex Foundation will help Planet Care reach out to accommodate and care for more refugees.
Rock The Earth
1536 Wynkoop St Suite B200
Denver, CO 80202
Rock the Earth (RtE) is a not-for-profit, national public interest environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the world-wide environmental community. They act as advocates to ensure the existence of a sustainable and healthy environment for all and represent those individuals and communities whose environment or natural surroundings are directly and adversely affected by others. Founded in 2002 by environmental litigation attorney Marc Ross, Rock the Earth joins many corporations together through common counsel to litigate environmental issues of mutual concern, using the medium of music as a uniting force for funding support. With its range of partnerships, RtE is able to address and raise awareness of various environmental issues that affect people all over the country, while uniting artists and music lovers of dozens of different musical genres. The Rex Foundation grant will assist funding their challenge of the National Park Service’s draft plan for the management of the Colorado River as it flows through the Grand Canyon.
Adaptive Sports Foundation
P. O. Box 266
Windham, NY 12496

From Proceeds of the November 12, 2005 New York Black Tie-Dye Ball

Since 1984, the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) has provided skiing and snowboarding lessons to people with disabilities. The Foundation started with 20 volunteer instructors and 30 students. Since that initial season, the Foundation has grown and is now serving over 1,500 individuals annually, and has added sports and activities including swimming, tennis, hiking, biking, fishing and overnight camping. The Foundation serves persons five years and older with different types disabilities, from the relatively mild, such as the Learning Disabled, to severe disabilities such as quadriplegia. The Foundation offers the chance for disabled persons to gain confidence and self esteem that furthers their full participation in day-to-day life.
Rock and Wrap It Up!
405 Oceanpoint Avenue
Cedarhurst, NY 11516

From Proceeds of the November 12, 2005 New York Black Tie-Dye Ball

Founded in 1990, Rock and Wrap It Up! safely recovers leftover food from such venues as rock concerts, sports events and school programs to feed the hungry. Because of the success of Rock and Wrap It Up!, financial resources otherwise used to provide food are freed up to treat the root causes of poverty. Since 1990, over 12,000,000 pounds of food has been picked up, feeding over 30,000,000 people. Over 5,000 volunteers cover 500 cities. The program has developed the concept of “contractual obligation of leftover food”, and works with entities such as caterers, government agencies, school administrators and inter-faith agencies to increase hunger awareness and develop strategies for food recovery.
South Royalton Legal Clinic
P. O. Box 117
South Royalton, VT 05068

From Proceeds of the November 12, 2005 New York BlackTie-Dye Ball

The South Royalton Legal Clinic educates Vermont Law School students in the skills and methods necessary for the successful ethical practice of law by providing a broad range of free legal services to working and low-income residents of central and southeastern Vermont. Children First! Legal Advocacy Project was developed in response to a need within Vermont’s legal system to help children caught in highly contentious divorce and separation proceedings that often result in real and substantial emotional harm to the children. Because many families lack sufficient means, children are almost never represented. The primary goal of this project is to protect the best interests of children. A second goal is to give law students hands-on experience in difficult cases involving disadvantaged populations to prepare them to be effective advocates for those most in need of legal services.
Community Harvest
325 Decatur Street, NW, #2
Washington, DC 20011

From Proceeds of the December 3, 2005 Washington, DC Black Tie-Dye Ball

Community Harvest was founded in February 1997 on the belief that all people should have access to good, healthy food regardless of one’s neighborhood or income level. The mission of Community Harvest is to create a locally rooted, sustainable food system that meets the needs of both the underserved communities and small farmers in the DC region. Programs of Community Harvest include: The Urban Oasis Community Farm & Learning Centerlocated east of the Anacostia River in DC is a mini-farm. Community youth and over 1,000 volunteers grow vegetables, herbs and flowers using organic methods. Harvests are sold at nearby farmers’ markets. Through the Youth Development Program, youth leaders combat hunger, food insecurity and environmental injustice through service, education and action. Youth receive employment opportunities and leadership training to promote their growth as individuals and agents for positive social change. Local Food Alliance connects small farmers in the Washington, DC region with low to moderate-income DC communities in a mutually beneficial partnership as Community Harvests farmers markets fill a community need for fresh produce. Shop at these markets and be part of this program’s vitality.
Perry School Community Services Center
128 M Street, NW, #100
Washington, DC 20001

From Proceeds of the December 3, 2005 Washington, DC Black Tie-Dye Ball

Perry School Community Services Center, Inc. was created in 1991 to address issues of chronic poverty in the North Capitol St. area of Washington, DC. and provides services in youth development, economic empowerment and social services. The mission of the Perry School Community Services Center is to eradicate poverty, its causes and consequences through a collaborative, comprehensive and integrated approach to social services, economic empowerment and youth development, resulting in positive outcomes for youth, adults and families. Perry School Community Services Center cites the following statistics as examples of the impact of their programs: Served over 600 youth; Placed over 200 people in jobs at average wages of $10.50 an hour; Placed over 1200 people in training programs including 500 in programs sponsored by Perry Center, Inc.; 75 of 77 youngsters in the HIPPY preschool program were at age-appropriate levels of reading at the end of the program year; Served over 275 families and individuals with social services; 75 adults have learned how to start and manage a small business; 93 people have avoided homelessness by obtaining or retaining housing through security deposits, rental assistance and utility assistance.
The Washington Jazz Arts Institute
1409 Dellafield Place, NW
Washington, DC 20011-4346

From Proceeds of the December 3, 2005 Washington, DC Black Tie-Dye Ball

The Washington Jazz Arts Institute (WJAI) was founded in 1998 by Davey Yarborough and his wife Esther Williams to further their dream of teaching music in a nurturing, mentoring atmosphere. As Artistic Director and Founder, Davey guides this organization to be a conduit to the underserved population while keeping the music alive. The mission and commitment of WJAI is to the education, presentation and documentation of Jazz Music in and for the Washington, DC community. The programs of WJAI include the following:ÂÂ

WJAI Summer Jazz Mentor Project is a five-week music program free of charge to participants who receive hands-on instrument instruction and the basic tools to become successful, well-rounded artists. Students are also exposed to the history of jazz through lecture, demonstration, audio and video files and interaction with successful, working musicians.

The WJAI Fall-Winter Jazz Mentor Project. This Saturday program, specifically designed to support the WJAI community jazz orchestra, provides ensemble and orchestra training for young musicians.

Partnership for Artistic Resources for Teens. P.A.R.T. is a non-profit partnership formed by Youth Art Organizations who share the common goal of developing and educating youth throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. This collaboration with Pin Points Theatre and Songs with Meaning expects to reach and enhance the lives of many young people through the Arts

The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Program – Disabled Sports USA
451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850

From Proceeds of the December 3, 2005 Washington, DC Black Tie-Dye Ball

Disabled Sports USA offers a nationwide program of adaptive sports and recreation for anyone with a permanent disability. It was founded in 1967 for and by Vietnam veterans to help the soldiers of that era.Â

The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project provides sports and rehabilitation programs to service members who are still in the hospital undergoing physical and emotional rehabilitation. The soldiers currently served are those who have been severely and permanently disabled after fighting in the Global War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program involves hospital visits to the beds of the wounded soldiers by DS/USA volunteers, many of whom are disabled Vietnam veterans. In-service clinics are held in the Physical Therapy wards to teach patients about sports programs. Finally, the patients are taken to outdoor recreational facilities to learn to snow ski, snowboard, water ski, bicycle, kayak, golf, rock climb and other sports. The program is a means of early intervention and transition back into civilian life. It also follows participants as they return home through DS/USA’s chapter network.

G. Larned Port Education Fund
Bank One
400 Central Avenue
Northfield, IL 60093

From Proceeds of the December 3, 2005 Washington, DC Black Tie-Dye Ball

The December 3rd Black Tie-Dye Ball featured music by Dark Star Orchestra. This benefit was in honor of the memory of Scott Larned, co-founder and keyboardist of Dark Star Orchestra until his untimely death at the age of 36 in April 2005. At the benefit’s silent auction, two items were auctioned with the proceeds of $4,800 designated for the education fund of Scott’s 4-year old daughter. One of the auction items was a guitar donated and signed by Bob Weir.