Music Builds Homes and Neighborhoods

Music continues to build houses and communities in Buncombe County thanks to the annual Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam. To date, more than $2.3M in proceeds has built more than 40 Habitat homes and helped pay for the infrastructure and development costs of entire Habitat neighborhoods in the Asheville area!

The 2018 Christmas Jam House, will be the the first house built in our new Curry Court neighborhood in Candler. With 4 single-family homes and 8 townhomes, Curry Court will be home to 12 families upon completion. Not only is the W&S Foundation (Christmas Jam proceeds) sponsoring the first home in this neighborhood, the Foundation is also providing a $5,000 match for each Adopt-a-Lot sponsorship. Before a house or community can be built, land must be purchased and developed. Our Adopt-a-Lot sponsors help us secure land for future neighborhoods while building our current one.

Upon completion, and after 200 hours of Sweat Equity, the Scott Family will purchase the 3 bedroom/ 1.5 bath house from Habitat and make it their home. And like all Habitat homeowners, they will repay an affordable mortgage over 30 years.

In the week leading up to this year’s 2-night show, Before the Jam, Lend a Hand volunteers will come from near and far to help build the Christmas Jam House in Arden, other homes in our Arden neighborhood, work on a Home Repair project in Arden, AND help in the ReStore! Local restaurants (Doc Brown’s BBQ, Mellow Mushroom, Village Wayside Bar & Grille, and Celine & Co) will feed the helpers, and Merrell will again sponsor the signature volunteer event that is in its 12th year. Kent Doobrow of Merrell says, “This is such an incredible event to be part of. United by a common love for the music, Before the Jam volunteers expand their Jam experience by volunteering on the Habitat jobsite. We encourage them to take that spirit of community involvement with them and engage in their own community in the future – whether that’s Asheville, or elsewhere.”

On Thursday, December 6th at 3pm, Warren Haynes will join these volunteers, Asheville Habitat supporters, and the future homeowner family at the construction site in Candler for a short speaking program. (GPS: 1 Curry Court Candler, NC) Afterwards, Warren and the volunteers will raise the first wall of the Scott family’s home.

There are lots of way to get involved in the 30th Annual Christmas Jam, beyond attending the concert.

  • Attend Jam by Day and/or the Christmas Jam Art Show at the Satellite Gallery. Proceeds benefit Asheville Habitat.
  • Raise a pint of Sierra Nevada Christmas Jam Session Ale! Proceeds support Asheville Habitat.
  • Donate to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity online. Select Xmas Jam House in Area of Support.
  • Text Jam30 to 91999 from your mobile phone to make a donation of any amount.
  • If you’re attending the Jam, stop by the Habitat table to say hello, learn about programs, and donate $1 to sign a stud wall which will be used in the construction of a Jam House.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is eternally grateful for the financial support and the awareness that the Christmas Jam brings to our affiliate and the families we serve. Please support the benefit concert that does so much for Asheville Habitat, families building better futures, and the community at large.

Here are a few videos to check out:
Learn more about the Xmas Jam in this North Carolina Weekend video.
Meet one of our Xmas Jam House homeowners.
Hear why Warren Haynes likes Habitat for Humanity.