Jon Bon Jovi: Philanthropic Rock Star?
Jon Bon Jovi is a Philanthropic Role Model
When you picture Jon Bon Jovi, perhaps his philanthropy isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
Admit it, it's his hair that you think of first.
Turns out that in addition to (still) having an amazing head of hair, the Bon Jovi rocker is also one heck of a charitable guy.
We've all heard about celebs who give back (and plenty who live in excess and never seem to share), but it's always great to hear specifically what the rich and famous are doing to make a difference.
Bon Jovi, for those who care about these things, is a hands on philanthropist, who has visited homeless shelters and food kitchens to better understand those who are down on their luck.
As a result, Bon Jovi has championed a "purpose restaurant" called Soul Kitchen, which not only feeds those in need, but also serves traditional customers as well.
Soul Kitchen is not a traditional soup kitchen. For starters, there are fine linens and silver and those who need a meal get it in trade for volunteering at the restaurant or other local charity.
Those who are can afford a bite to eat also make a contribution to the restaurant -- the menu doesn't list prices, but lists "recommended donations."
Bon Jovi explains the model of working for food, saying, "We are trying to empower people. They feel a part of something. I am not about entitlements."
He notes, "We empower people by having them earn their meal working in the restaurant." You teach a man to fish ...
Currently, his Soul Kitchen is only operating in Red Bank, New Jersey, but he hopes to expand his operation.