Save The Bay and HeadCount Announce Alliance

March 31, 2009

Save The Bay (saveSFbay.org) and HeadCount (HeadCount.org) have formed an alliance to point concert attendees to volunteer wetland restoration projects. Through this alliance, Save The Bay will have a regular presence at concerts and live music festivals in the Bay Area.

It marks the beginning of a nationwide initiative in which HeadCount will partner with local nonprofit organizations to point concert attendees to volunteer outings in their own communities. HeadCount, which registered over 100,000 voters last year, already “tables” hundreds of concerts a year nationwide for the purpose of registering voters and encouraging activism among live music enthusiasts. Now, these tables will also serve as a portal for concertgoers to learn about volunteer opportunities in their communities. Save The Bay is the very first organization to align with HeadCount for this purpose.

Save The Bay and HeadCount will work together to educate the community about the Bay ecosystem and offer volunteer opportunities on the Bay. HeadCount volunteers will be restoring the Bay habitat with Save The Bay at the Palo Alto Baylands and Hayward’s Eden Landing throughout 2009.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with HeadCount to engage a new audience in protecting and restoring San Francisco Bay, our region’s great natural treasure,” said Jessica Castelli, Save The Bay spokesperson.
The alliance will kick off with the April 3, 2009 Disco Biscuits concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. The Disco Biscuits bass player, Marc Brownstein, is the founder and co-chair of HeadCount. “Aligning with local nonprofit organizations and promoting local volunteer opportunities is going to be a big part of HeadCount’s activity this year,” Brownstein said. “HeadCount is excited about working with Save The Bay, and The Disco Biscuits are proud to be hosting both organizations.”

“Our goal is to make each local HeadCount team a catalyst for social change in their respective communities,” added HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein.

About Save the Bay: Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As its leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay protects the Bay from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development, making it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. We restore habitat and secure strong policies to re-establish 100,000 acres of wetlands that are essential for a healthy Bay. We engage more than 25,000 supporters, advocates and volunteers to protect the Bay, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders by educating thousands of students annually.
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Contact: Jessica Castelli, jcastelli@savesfbay.org

About HeadCount: HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that uses the power of music to inspire participation in democracy. Since 2004 we have registered over 150,000 voters through grassroots outreach at concerts. We work with musicians to directly engage their fans, inspiring young people to become more socially and politically active. By uniting music enthusiasts through their shared passions, we translate their collective energy into a force that can help shape the future. Our message is simple: “Make your voice heard every day, not just election day.”