NOH8 CAMPAIGN

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriages in the state of California. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest.

Both Tommy Joe Ratliff and Pauley Perrette are strong supporters of the NOH8 campaign and encouraged Xander to get involved. It was a good fit for him and RUN RUN RUN, who helped to organize the first ever NOH8 photo shoot in Tennessee as part of their Fall 2011 Have Rock Will Travel tour.





THE MIDNIGHT MISSION

Founded in 1914, The Midnight Mission offers a path to self- sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost everything. Our emergency services, 12-step philosophy, job training, education and work programs offer a compassionate bridge to productive lives.  In addition, we have a Family Living Facility, which is located in a residential setting and provides families with childcare, advocacy, parenting classes, tutoring programs and fiscal management. Through our services, we help remove obstacles to self-sufficiency and provide the accountability and structure that people who are experiencing homelessness need to rejoin their communities. Our conviction and commitment to their success define us. For additional information, please visit www.midnightmission.org

ART OF ELYSIUM

In 2007, a producer/friend of Xander's told him about a great opportunity. Xander expected some kind of great gig. However, he had been duped into showing up at the volunteer's luncheon for the Art of Elysium. This was not a potential job, but it was a gift. It has become a wonderful part of Smith’s life as he donates his time to bring music to kids all over L.A. who suffer from severe health challenges. Xander takes his acoustic guitar into hospitals, and you too can contact this organization and find ways to contribute your special talents and time.


 

BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY

Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us. For over 5 years, Smith helped to organize the Lint Roller events for Best Friends Animal Society. These shows included various celebrities like the Bangles, Emmy Lou Harris, Katherine Heigl - and their pets - and helped to raise money for the Sanctuary in Utah and various satellite efforts that help to rescue animals from abuse or death.

WELLS BRING HOPE

Wells Bring Hope is committed to drilling wells to bring safe water and good sanitation to rural villages in Niger, West Africa–saving lives with safe water.

Xander performed at a luncheon in the LA home of WBH organizer, Barbara Goldberg, to raise awareness for this very deserving cause. Without clean water, life for these people is very difficult. Each donation leads to another well being built, providing an increase in the health and prosperity of an entire community.