Hot Dogs For Homeless Initiative
BOSTON, MA – April 20, 2016 – Davey Muise, best known for his unparalleled vocal abilities in the post-hardcore group Vanna, has partnered with Skate For Change (SFC), a non-profit organization that rallies youth to skate through their cities with backpacks full of clothes, food, water, and hygiene items for the homeless. This past month, SFC has partnered with “The World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain,” Wienerschnitzel, to help feed homeless in 13 major cities across the southwestern United States. Muise added, “I’m joining up with an amazing team of friends and organizations that have come together to get people to look at their communities and surroundings a little differently. I will be joining the ‘Hot Dogs for Homeless’ tour in its final week to help raise $100,000 for SFC and feed as many homeless men and women as we possibly can.” Head to http://thebay.org/events to learn more about the mission and find out how you can help.
More information on Davey’s charity: Find Your Shovel
Find Your Shovel Brand is a collective for fans, students, and community to come together to share their stories and meet other like-minded individuals. Shovel Brand is set to mirror the messages Muise exudes in his speaking engagements and he hopes to promote the core ideals of never giving up, to find one’s own identity and be proud of who they are. Finding one’s shovel is never an easy task. Muise wants to offer a helping hand to those that need the guidance and support, by starting conversations with a purpose. Throughout the coming months Muise will launch a slew of new initiatives that will call upon the community to collectively come together and share their stories of how they found their shovel. More details to come soon!
In addition, Muise has launched a string of merchandise for the initiative. With a fascination of all things merchandising, printing, and design, Muise crafted the idea to create his own brand with a good cause. The merchandise of Shovel Brand is about wearing the item with pride, believing in one’s self, and encouraging others around you. Muise continues, “It’s about giving yourself armour to walk around the halls of your school, work, or home, giving you that extra boost you need to make it through the day. My hope is that by wearing these shirts, using these accessories will spark a conversation. What’s shovel? What does that mean? Why are you wearing it. You are wearing an introduction to yourself. You are now able to share what your shovel is, and be proud of what helps you thru life. It’s the same reason we get tattooed or dye our hair, we are expressing who and what we are to the world.”
For every purchase of a Shovel Brand item, Muise will be donating 20% to a facility near and dear to his heart, Preble Street Teen center in Portland, Maine, located in his hometown. The money collected will go toward food, supplies, clothing, bedding, and any other needs the center may have. Muise hopes that with a donation he can see a change in his community and offer these individuals a life of success. Muise expands, “It’s not reinventing the wheel, it’s t-shirts and accessories but it’s one more thing to maybe inspire hope in the youth I believe so strongly in. So wear yourself proud.”
I’m encouraging everyone who buys Shovel Brand supplies to post pictures on social media platforms and share a little piece of what their shovel is and why. I’ll be re posting photos and stories on my blog so it reaches as many people as possible. Like I said it’s more than clothing, it’s a movement and the more people moving, the better. Be bold, be free, be you. Find your shovel and keep digging. – Davey Muise
For more information on Shovel Brand head to DaveyMuise.com.
More Information about Davey Muise:
A former school teacher and DIY musician, now standing on stages worldwide as the frontman of Boston based alternative punk rock band, VANNA – Davey Muise lives his life by not only following his heart and pursuing his passions without fear of judgment but taking those passions and sharing them with as many people as possible. Everyday for Davey is a mission to grow and conquer both personally and professionally.
Nothing short of a survivor, Davey and his message of empowerment and overcoming adversity reaches far beyond the classroom or concert setting. He’s harnessed the lessons he’s learned from weathering the storms of depression, divorce, abandonment, and failure and uses them to help not only fuel his own flames but to inspire future generations to strive for a better life.
Outside of playing music, touring, and speaking, Davey is also heavily invested in the non-profit organization Hope For The Day (HFTD). HFTD is committed to utilizing music and the arts as preventative mechanisms for suicide and depression. Their alternative approach to the problem strives to offer education, prevention, and hope to youth through creative expression.
Davey’s vision through HFTD is to bring communities together in order to shed light on the unfortunate topics of depression and suicide. Not only does Davey want to share the deeply personal connection creativity can have in fostering an environment of positive change to alleviate suffering, he wants kids to realize they are not alone. He views art and music as a highway to the heart; two things that have allowed humanity to express our emotions since day one.
Most importantly, Davey believes that the youth of today have the ability to use their creativity as a means of helping dig others out of the negativity they may be buried in. The authenticity and rawness of Davey’s message is sure to remain with students and staff for years to come.