Organization helps kids find homes
Morgan Wallen has launched the More Than My Hometown Foundation, named after his fourth consecutive No. 1 single. The foundation was formed to help children, adolescents and teenagers find families that can provide warm, loving homes that can rebuild their confidence, self-belief, and to feel forever loved, with a forever family.
Wallen says he was inspired to launch the foundation thanks to his parents.
“Since my parents fostered and now officially adopted my sister Lacey, I’ve witnessed what love and care can do for a child that didn’t have it before. She has transformed into a confident, trusting and happy kid,” Wallen shares on the foundation’s website. “There are many elements that aid in the development and protection of an adolescents life, and that is why I created the foundation so a childs’ resources are not limited due to their circumstances.”
The organization seeks to develop community support for at risk youth. It partners with local cities and towns to help develop and financially support positive after school programs that keep the local youth engaged with positive role models and community leaders.
It strives to encourage self confidence, critical thinking and leadership amongst the next generation – there is no better way to develop those attributes than through education, sports, and music. More Than My Hometown Foundation will support lower income communities through donations of educational technology, sports gear and musical instruments.
The foundation also has a desire to develop annual interactions with children and veteran hospitals, inclusive of performances (pre-taped/in-person) and visits along with gifts for patients and families.
Wallen has largely been inactive in the industry since the video of him using a racial slur was published by TMZ a few days after his record breaking sophomore Dangerous: The Double Album was released earlier this year. He was immediately blacklisted by the industry, but his music surged 500% with the album spending its first ten consecutive weeks atop of the Billboard 200 chart, breaking a 34 year old record.
On Friday (July 23rd), Wallen gave ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) his first interview since the controversy. He spoke with Michael Strahan who addressed his looseness of using the word in which Wallen called “playful” but “ignorant.”