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#MetallicaGivesBack Helsinki: €80,000 Granted to Two Local Organizations

JUNE 10, 2024

Metallica’s M72 Word Tour stop in Helsinki gave us the opportunity to help out in the local community with the support of Live Nation Finland. We selected Hope – Yhdessä & Yhteisesti ry and Ensi- ja turvakotien liitto to receive our grants. With Metallica’s tour sponsor, Iveco Group, matching our donation, we know these vital organizations will provide critical resources and support to their communities.

Hope – Yhdessä & Yhteisesti ry is a non-political and non-religious organization that operates across Finland through its 20 local partners. Its goal is to offer children equal opportunities to have good everyday lives. The organization distributes donated clothing and goods to low-income families and families in crisis. Through the work of the volunteers, 9280 low-income families and 22,342 children and young people were reached in 2023. In addition to providing material aid, they also aim to evoke positive emotions during each personal interaction. They have heard from families who felt they had someone to talk to and received peer support and encouragement, and their feelings of shame dissolved. One mother said, “The biggest thing for me is that people listened to me and showed genuine empathy.” People gain strength from the feeling that someone cares about them and that they are not alone. Certainly, this is a feeling the Metallica Family provides. Hope – Yhdessä & Yhteisesti ry is receiving €40,000 along with a matching donation from Iveco Group.

Ensi- ja turvakotien liitto (The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters) is a nationwide civil society organization whose mission is to secure every child’s right to positive conditions and secure development. They support parents and families and aim to prevent domestic violence. They have almost 80 years of experience in supporting babies and families in vulnerable situations and 45 years of experience in preventing domestic violence. They also provide aid to those who survive violence and children witnessing violence at home, and they work with the perpetrators to end the cycle of violence. The Federation is the central organization in Helsinki and has 31 member associations across Finland. The member associations maintain ten mother and child homes, seven homes for substance-abusing pregnant women and families with infants, and 19 shelters for the victims of domestic violence while also engaging in preventative work. Ensi- ja turvakotien liitto is receiving €40,000 along with a matching donation from Iveco Group.