Local bands to rock the barn to help the homeless

Shelter Fest 2017, a concert to benefit To Our House and United Way of the New River Valley, is set for Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Barn at Sinkland Farms in Riner.

RINER – Shelter Fest, the annual music festival to benefit charities To Our House and United Way of Montgomery, Radford, and Floyd, is returning to Sinkland Farms in Riner on Saturday, Aug. 26. This year’s event features local headliners Badunkafunk and Black Wax Rebellion, with special guests West End and Cole Massey. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m.

The food truck Till & Grill and local restaurant Hethwood Market will be on site providing food, and adult beverages will be available for purchase.

All proceeds will benefit To Our House and United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd and their efforts to shelter homeless individuals in our community.

Tickets may be purchased in advance online at unitedwaynrv.org or in person at Hethwood Market in Blacksburg. Tickets are $16/person in advance and $20/person at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash.

To Our House, a New River Community Action (NRCA) program and a United Way agency, has provided temporary winter shelter to New River Valley homeless men for the past eight years thanks to collaborations with faith- and community-based organizations and volunteers. To Our House was formed in 2008 after the death of a Blacksburg homeless man, Teddy O. Henderson; the organization (TOH) adopted his initials. Since its inception, To Our House has sheltered more than 235 different men for a total of 6,613 bed nights. As a result of To Our House services and support, 72 men found more permanent housing and 53 found employment. More information on To Our House can be found at www.ToOurHouse.org or on Facebook.

United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd unites local people and resources to improve lives in the New River Valley. Local United Way programs include: the New River Valley volunteer center, the annual Stuff the Bus program, Information and Referral services; federal emergency and food shelter program; financial, technical, and administrative assistance to non-profits; food and clothing drives; Christmas assistance programs; prescription discount cards; in-kind donation program. UWMRF provides financial support to 25 partner agencies, including To Our House. More information on UWMRF can be found at unitedwaynrv.org or on Facebook.

Event sponsors include Carilion Clinic, Thrivent Financial, Sinkland Farms and Shelter Alternatives.

For more information about Shelter Fest 2017, please go to www.unitedwaynrv.org or contact info@unitedwaynrv.org or (540) 381-2066.