Every summer, music takes over Chicago for three days in the first weekend of August. People come from near and far to see and experience some of the top names in music at Lollapalooza, a festival which attracts more than 160,000 music fans each year.
Music is a big part of ONE’s identity so naturally we had a booth at Lolla. Some of our top volunteers from the Chicago area worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to ensure festival goers had the opportunity to take actions and make meaningful impact. At the ONE table, we spoke to people about our new energy campaign. Nearly everyone who stopped at the booth was enthusiastic about taking action by writing a postcard to their representative, asking them to support the Electrify Africa Act, which aims to provide first time energy access to over 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Throughout the weekend we heard some great stories, too. There was a gentleman who had two old ONE wristbands – each from taking action with ONE at the past two years he had been at Lollapalooza. We gave him a third one to keep this wonderful tradition going. Another dedicated ONE member wore his wristband even though it was nearly broken. He also took action at our booth and got a brand new band. Several people who stopped by had traveled to different parts of Africa and they were glad to see that we were working on this important new initiative.
At the end of the weekend our hard working volunteers had surpassed their goal of 1,000 postcards! Quite impressive for such a highly impactful action that requires a bit more than just writing your name and zip code. I’m proud of our amazing volunteers and thankful that the Lollapalooza organizers allowed ONE to once again participate in this great festival.
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