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Mission Change Feeds Families For Valentine’s Day

Mission Change is celebrating Valentine's Day by delivering hundreds of meals to those in need.

More than 50 volunteers met at First United Methodist Church this morning for their monthly mission to pack sandwiches, chips, and dessert, and of course, a Valentine's Day card.

They'll deliver the meals to the homeless, and residents living in the Hudson Malone Towers and McIntosh Public Housing areas.

"For our neighbors who are basically shut ins or can't get out or probably won't see anybody on Valentine's Day,” said LaDonna Urick. “Our job today is to go out there and show what love truly is and it happened to fall right on Valentine's Day which is perfect."

Students in Mission Change's Afterschool Program also volunteered. Their next monthly mission will be an Easter Egg Hunt.

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Music = Change = Success

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Organizers of the Music=Change benefit concert featuring Philip Phillips say the it was a success, after thousands showed up for the event. Mission Change reported more than 2,000 people showed up to the fairgrounds on August 22nd.

Philip Phillips and several other bands performed.

Proceeds went to help fund monthly missions and help the non-profit reach more people in need. It will also help fund the Village Program with resources, educational items, and after school activities for kids.

"We'll be able to sponsor our kids to do some after-school activities that they never probably would have been able to do because of the expense of it all, so we are really excited about that."

Mission Change is already planning a benefit concert for 2015, but may have it in the fall when the weather cools down.

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Hometown Star, Phillip Phillips Ready to Rock the Stage

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -The Mission Change benefit concert had six bands that will perform on stage, including a hometown super star.

Crews were out early Friday transforming the fairgrounds for the Music equals change concert that will benefit the local charity that helps people in need. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to those programs. Tonight's headliner is Lee County native Phillip Phillips. This is the first time he's performed at home since he won American Idol more than two years ago.

“He's excited and nervous at the same time. We've always said music brings people together. Be it speaks so many different languages. And who doesn't like to sit around with friends and hang out, listen to great music for a great cause,” said LaDonna Urick.

LaDonna Urick is Phillip's sister. She says he's been in town all week. You can still buy tickets at the fairgrounds. The show starts at 7:00 P.M. and the parking gates close at 9 p.m.

This is the first time Music Change has had a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. 

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Phillip Phillips To Headline Music=Change

by Brad McEwen

ALBANY — Hit recording artist and Southwest Georgia native Phillip Phillips will put his star power and his talent to good use next weekend when he returns to Albany to headline the Music=Change Benefit Concert for Mission:Change.

Scheduled for Aug. 22 at Albany’s Exchange Club Fairgrounds, the Music=Change concert is designed to raise funds for and awareness of Mission:Change and its many charitable programs.

According to Mission:Change Executive Director LaDonna Urick, who is also Phillips’ sister, while the concert is the organization’s only fundraiser planned for this year, being able to share the Mission:Change story and inspire others to give of themselves is the overarching goal of the event.

“There is not an actual goal amount to be raised,” Urick said. “This night will give us the opportunity to share who we are and how people can join us in making our community a better place. It’s also a chance to listen to some great bands from the area and welcome back my brother for his first hometown gig since winning ‘Idol.’”

Joining Phillips at the concert will be area artists Blastov, Evergreen Family Band, Anthony Johnson, Meow Ka-Pow and Anne Cline. In between each performance, organizers will share information about Mission:Change through short documentary-style films. There will also be artwork and Mission:Change merchandise for sale, and a silent auction featuring items autographed by Phillips, Dave Matthews Band, Luke Bryan, John Mayer, Rob Thomas and Matchbox 20.

“We are really excited about our silent auction that will take place that evening,” said Urick. “It has been awesome to have these guys commit to helping us have an incredible night.”


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Youth Group Teams Up With Mission Change

A youth group from Orlando, Florida is helping Mission Change keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful. The students joined volunteers from the Albany non-profit to trim Crape Myrtle trees at the Albany airport Tuesday morning. This is their fourth mission trip to Albany.

Their youth pastor is from Albany and believes in what Mission Change does here. He wants his students to build relationships and impact lives outside of their city.
"The beauty of it is that we come and work here and serve here, but it gives our students different ways that they can take this back to the Orlando area and they can reach people," said Tim Dix youth pastor at community United Methodist church.

The youth group will be here the rest of the week working at a city park, the food bank, and the Salvation Army.

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