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John Legend and Chrissy Teigan Hire Food Trucks to Feed NYC Protestors

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Grammy-winning soul singer John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigan are no strangers to philanthropy. This past weekend, the creative power couple decided to support protestors in Lincoln Square by purchasing food trucks that would keep them nourished out in the NYC chill.

According to Vanity Fair, “Despite New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s prediction that public demonstrations over the Eric Garner and Ferguson Grand Jury decisions would ‘peter out,’ the protests are still going strong thanks, in part, to a generous contribution from musician John Legend and his wife model and food blogger Chrissy Teigen.” Reportedly, the couple purchased a fleet of food trucks to serve free food to protesters in Lincoln Square on Sunday.

Although neither Legend or Teigan are overly involved with the protests that have happened in response to the grand jury decisions in the cases of Eric Garner and Darren Wilson, they have made comments on social media, and this most recent effort to support protesters speaks to their desire to do what’s right. The couple has been involved with many other philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors in the past. From supporting music and the arts to aiding poverty initiatives, both are model humanitarians who remain incredibly humble despite their deep generosity.

In 2007, Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, a foundation that works to break the cycle of poverty through education on a global level. According to the initiative, “In the United States, the Show Me Campaign works to give every child access to a quality education through the promotion of scalable, proven solutions and programs. In Africa, Show Me has supported holistic developmental projects in the past and currently sponsors secondary school scholarships for girls,” of the work the campaign does.

John Legend has also taken part in arts initiatives such as the Turnaround for Children Annual Impact Awards Dinner, and the Sound of Change Live Charity concern. The singer has also supported The Gentleman’s Fund, is a spokesperson for Tide Loads of Hope, and has partnered with the Millennium Promise Alliance.

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The Sound of Change Live Charity Concert

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Beyonce, Florence + The Machine, John Legend and more will be performing at “The Sound of Change Live” charity concert in London on June 1st. The concert will help bring global attention to women’s education, health and justice and is being put on by Chime for Change, a nonprofit organization created through Gucci.

“Chime for Change serves to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world,” reads their website. Gucci is no stranger to promoting women’s empowerment; in the past, they’ve partnered with UNICEF and Kering Corporate Foundation, both organizations that have supported girls and women.

“Our goal is to call for change for girls and women in the loudest voice possible,” Beyonce said after announcing she’d be joining the ranks of performers. “I am excited for us to come together on June 1st to bring the issues of Education, Health and Justice for girls and women to the world stage.”

For those that can’t make the concert in person, it will also be broadcast worldwide. Performances will include Beyonce, Florence + The Machine, John Legend, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Timbaland, Ellie Goulding, Laura Pausini and HAIM. Selma Hayek Pinault is also taking part in the concert’s promotion.

“There are no innocent bystanders in the information age,” she said. “Technology connects us as never before But that means we also have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to do something about it. We can be defined not just by what we know, but by what we do, and that is the vision behind Chime for Change.”

Ticket sales begin on March 27th and buyers can choose to donate their ticket price to a charity of their choice.

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Turnaround for Children: Annual Impact Awards Dinner

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Turnaround for Children is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2002 to help poverty-stricken children and schools succeed. Turnaround for Children partners with some of the most impoverished schools in New York and Washington, DC, and works to transform them into “calm, effective learning environment[s].” In a time when one in four children in the United States is being raised in poverty, the need for effective and innovative programs is greater than ever before.

The organization is currently partnered with 20 and is exploring expansion options in Baltimore and Newark. Its partnerships are determined through a mutual selection process, and selected schools agree to hire and pay a full-time social worker to work with students and staff. Turnaround partners with local mental health providers and deploys a team to work intensively with the schools for between 3 and 5 years.

This team consists of a Social Work Consultant, and Instructional Coach, and a Program Director. Together, they help the school build a student support system to help children in need; train teachers in classroom management and instructional strategies to combat poverty-specific challenges like disruption and engagement; and strengthen the school’s leadership and achievement expectations.

“Some people believe we must fix poverty in order to fix public schools,” Turnaround writes. “We do not. We believe poverty presents profound but predictable and recurring challenges to students, teachers, and schools. This enables us to design a targeted, precise intervention to address them.”

Now Turnaround is preparing for its “Turnaround Impact Awards Dinner,” which will honor Goldman Sachs Gives for its generous giving spirit. The Goldman Sachs has a vast array of projects that it gives money to, features on its website, and encourages community members to get involved with. Past award recipients include Goldie Hawn, Joel Klein, John Legend and Merryl Tisch, among others.

This year’s gala will be held on Tuesday, April 30th. John Legend will give a special guest performance, along with some of the children involved with Turnaround. Speakers will include Joel Klein, Katherine Bradley, and Pamela Cantor. Chairs for the event include notable New Yorkers such as Cristina & Chris Cuomo, Lauren & Andres Santo Domingo, and Stephanie & David Wolkoff.

As of Monday, March 18th, Turnaround had already raised $835,650 of its $1.2 million or more goal. Tickets to the event are still available for purchase, ranging in price from $1,000-$2,500 per person. Full 10-person tables can also be purchased for $10,000-$50,000 each. Those interested in supporting Turnaround for Children can also make individual donations online.