NEST concert to raise money for Hampton Roads homeless

Raising voices to raise money for the homeless of Hampton Roads is the goal of the Unitarian Church of Norfolk’s annual fundraiser, the NEST Concert & Soup.

The congregation of the Unitarian Church of Norfolk/Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists will host the benefit concert, from 4 to 6 p.m., January 14, at the church, 739 Yarmouth Street.

The Common Folk Duo and the Itinerant Band will perform in the UCN sanctuary followed by a soup dinner in the social hall. The benefit concert is family friendly and open to all ages for a suggested donation of $20. All proceeds benefit NEST, Norfolk’s Emergency Shelter Team. Last year’s concert raised more than $2,000.

“Providing love, warmth, and support for our area homeless has been the goal of NEST for the last 25 years,” said Anne Odell, Norfolk NEST Chair. “The funds we raise from this concert will keep hundreds of people safely indoors and fed this winter.” NEST is made up of more than 30 local churches and synagogues who provide hope to homeless single adults each winter in the form of meals and shelter. Odell said the coalition operates temporary overnight shelter on a rotating basis from November to April.

The Common Folk Duo is a local modern folk band whose members, Nat Martin and Sarah Chappell are also part of the UCN congregation. They not only blend harmonies, but a love of Indie, Classic and Bluegrass music. You can see them perform here:

The Itinerant Band, another local group, will play the “music of early America.”  UCN congregant and harpist Elisa Dickon, combines her talents with those of Bob Clark, Susan Lawlor, Marsha Wallace and Rose Ann Arnaud, who play a variety of instruments, from the mandolin to the dulcimer. They perform their 18th century music throughout the year at Mount Vernon. Find out more here:

Organizers of the event have arranged for childcare for attendees with young children.