Orangewood

Sharing about Mike Ness earlier this week made us want to tell you more about his chosen charity- where all of the profits from the sale if his guitar string bracelets go.

Orangewood Children's Foundation began over 30 years ago with a vision to build a facility to shelter Orange County children who were the victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment... today, it has grown into so much more, focusing on the needs of children and teens currently or previously in the foster care system. They strive to develop a wide range of activities, scholarships, support and programs to give them every chance of success.

Sadly, statistics are hard to swallow. Over 35,000 cases of child abuse are reported each year in Orange County and 10% of the children are removed from their caregivers due to unsafe conditions. The majority of these children are placed temporarily at Orangewood Children & Family Center, and have experienced the most serious forms of physical and sexual abuse.

These children, now wards of the state, spend the rest of their childhood in foster care or group care homes, where, at the age of 18, they suddenly find themselves on their own - emancipated - from the system. Many of these children lack the structure and support a family offers, and are unprepared for the challenges of adulthood. Most do not have the experience they need or resources to pay for basic necessities and are at high risk of becoming homeless, incarcerated or victimized.

Orangewood Children's Foundation is working on long-term solutions to these issues with strategies like successful transition programs, more support to children in foster care, sustaining the family center, and strengthening at-risk families. Programs offering emergency assistance, job placement, transitional housing, peer counseling, and scholarships for college or vocational training give these children the chance to succeed, despite their painful pasts.

You are directly supporting these children and families through the purchase of THESE guitar string bracelets. So... #whosestringsareyouwearing?
 

Mike Ness + OC

Mike Ness was born in 1962 in Lynn, Massachusetts, but his family relocated to Orange County, California. By his teen years, Mike was in a little band you may know as Social Distortion! rock and roll.

Their music was ground breaking- challenging certain stereotypes set by the English brand of the genre. Mike brought a working class spirit to his songs, recognizing the outcast punks and exposing the effects of a complacent culture, reacted to society's actions and challenged the norm.

"I have a great affection for roots music. Old blues, country, folk, rockabilly, and primitive rock and roll in general. Without these roots, I wouldn't have perspective. I love the music and feel it is as relevant as 70's glitter and early punk. As a solo artist, I am able to cross the boundaries and integrate it all. I tried to bring these influences together and keep it honest." -Mike Ness

You must know this face:

Social Distortion's Mike Ness helped shape a sound that was at the core of the the developing music movement in Orange County. A sound that was loud, hard, fast and anti-social. Ness's solo work, Cheating At Solitaire and Under The Influences, incorporates the raw power and social relevance that has always marked his music, while embracing many of the defining styles in American rock and roll history.

100% of the profits of Mike Ness' guitar string bracelets go to Orangewood Children's Foundation. The foundation was established in 1981 and is the leading provider of services to help current and former foster youth in Orange County, California become self-sufficient adults. Do some good. Wear Mike Ness. #whosestringsareyouwearing