Multi-platinum selling band Switchfoot recently wrapped up its 34-city "Appetite for Construction" Tour with Relient K and Ruth in Everett.
The benefit concert tour raised over $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness around the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
An average of over 3,000 tickets sold per night, with one dollar per ticket going towards Habitat for Humanity. All of the funds raised went directly back into the local Habitat affiliates in each of the 34 tour markets.
In addition to the monetary contribution, Switchfoot members also worked side by side with future Habitat homeowners at several build sites across the country, including sites in San Diego, Houston, Seattle, and Baton Rouge. The band further met with and gave tickets to top Habitat for Humanity volunteers in tour markets.
"[Our fans have bought] a lot of tickets and CDs and T-shirts and stickers and you leave a tour with those sorts of numbers and people say that's a successful tour. I disagree. That doesn't mean anything," said Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman in an interview with the Charleston Daily Mail. "I want us to have a touring history that has impacted people in other ways than selling them a product. To plug them into an amazing organization like Habitat is an honor. For us it's a chance to donate more than money...if people can't donate money, they can still use their hands to help."
"One of the beauties about Habitat for Humanity is that there is virtually an endless range of opportunities for people to contribute – and to become part of the solution. Our friends in Switchfoot are an inspiring example of this," says Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford.
Inspired by Habitat for Humanity, co-headliners Switchfoot and Relient K also wrote a song for the tour titled "Rebuild," which they performed together each night of the tour.
The song continues to inspire fans to the charitable work as Switchfoot offers the song for free on its website, www.switchfoot.com/rebuild, asking fans to donate time or funds to Habitat for Humanity.