BLUES FEST CARES
Ever since the first note was played on stage in 1988, the festival has been committed to supporting our community. Since its inception, the festival has raised over $10M for hunger relief charities. In addition to hunger relief, the festival also recognizes the need to expand the impact and support the heart of our community – our musicians.
As we look to the next 35 years, the festival will continue to respond to the needs of our community and work with our community partners to raise funds and awareness for hunger relief and musician-focused organizations.
2023 COMMUNITY PARTNERS
MEALS ON WHEELS PEOPLE
Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. Every weekday they provide 8,000 meals to thousands of older adults in the greater Portland metro area. Their service not only alleviates hunger and social isolation, but allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Aging in place reduces depression, falls and hospitalization, as well as the high cost of institutional care.
The JWF Musicians Health & Services Program
The Jeremy Wilson Foundation (JWF) offers comprehensive support to musicians, music industry workers and their families during times of medical crisis. The JWF Musician Health & Services Program, offers local musicians a single point-of-entry to comprehensive financial assistance, including consultative support through the JWF volunteer social services team. The program has helped hundreds of music-makers in Oregon and Clark County, WA through serious medical crises, including terminal illness, since 2010.