Drug and alcohol addiction has really begun to take over and cause immense and intensive problems in this country. There are few who recognize that as much an American country singer and songwriter Jared Blake does. Jared Blake, a proponent and keynote performer and speaker for both Live to Be and SAFE (Stopping Addiction with Family Education) works with these nonprofit groups’ efforts to raise and promote awareness about drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
On February 24th, 2017, Jared Blake performed at O’Connors in Clarksville, Tennessee. As usual, Jared brought his passion for philanthropy with him to this concert, talking about and promoting the various campaigns that he works with such as “Bringing Families Together”, “Live to Be’, and “SAFE” (Stopping Addiction with Family Education). Jared Blake also takes his band overseas to perform for U.S. soldiers in war zone areas.
Live to Be
In 2015, Jared started Live to Be. Jared began speaking at schools with this outreach campaign, intending to help as many youngsters as possible. Jared has done this three years in a row, effectively reaching 10,000 students a year with the program. He reaches anywhere from elementary age students to college age students. Jared tells stories of his past, plays music, and participates in Q and A’s. He encourages the nation’s youth to create their goals early in life and work towards them, constantly striving to achieve them.
Live to Be has the goal to not tell kids what to do or to be in any way authoritative with them, but rather to help encourage them to pursue their goals, dreams, passions, and ideals. The philosophy is to let young people, “Fill in the blank” for their futures while also helping them work through doubt, anxiety, confusion, peer pressure, etc. At the concert in Clarksville, Tennessee, Jared spoke briefly about Live to Be, and his efforts to raise awareness for the drug and alcohol addiction and abuse issue in this country.
SAFE (Stopping Addiction with Family Education)
SAFE has teamed up with Jared Blake and Live to Be in an effort to help support and sponsor them. SAFE (Stopping Addiction with Family Education) has a goal and mission just like the name sounds. SAFE (Stopping Addiction with Family Education) is a nonprofit organization that was established to create an online mega-resource for the family members and loved ones of drug and alcohol abusers everywhere. SAFE (Stopping Addiction with Family Education) seeks to help all who are in some way connected to an addict. The SAFE organization has information on addiction, treatment, how addicts can get help, and how family members can help convince those addicts to receive that help.
The goal of SAFE (Stopping Addiction with Family Education) is to quite literally put together as much information and material together as possible. The site seeks to teach parents and loved ones of addicts about signs and symptoms of addiction, what to do about it, understanding people who enable, and other factors. SAFE knows that family members are often key to addicts getting the help that they need, so SAFE is dedicated to helping them to receive the information that they need to help their loved ones. The goal at SAFE (Stopping Addiction with Family Education) is to make sure that everyone has the right material about drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
The efforts of Jared Blake, Live to Be, and SAFE (Stopping Addiction with Family Education) have all come together and made waves all across the United States in their efficacy, success, and their commitment to helping others. Here is to more concerts in the future!