Foster the People Help Build Nonprofit Center
Before they released the smash hit ‘Pumped Up Kicks,’ Foster the People were just another group of guys with some really big dreams — and if they ever made it big, they told each other they’d use their fame to help the less fortunate. Now they’re making good on that promise.
Washington’s Issaquah Press reports on the band’s latest charitable venture: lending a helping hand to the nonprofit Tavon Center, a center for disabled adults. Through their Foster the Future initiative, the band reached out to program director Megan Wegner and helped with the construction of the center, which took place with the aid of 50 volunteers on June 26.
Among those volunteers was drummer Mark Pontius’ sister Rebecca, who works with Foster the Future and has helped organize its DoGoodProject, which targeted 15 projects in 15 different cities during the band’s summer tour. “We do a lot of research before we hit the road,” she said, describing the Tavon Center as “a perfect fit.”
Foster the People’s North American summer tour dates concluded with the band’s July 7 show in Las Vegas, but the DoGoodProject website is still up and running, promising volunteers the opportunity to help make a difference in their community by “sorting items at food banks, helping the homeless, gardening and even playing some kickball.”