Celebrities Care, Too: Will.i.am Pays Off Mortgage for Two Families
Anyone who watches “MTV Cribs” knows that celebrities have quite lavish homes — and will.i.am of the Black Eye Peas is no exception. But what is exceptional is that he’s taking housewarming to a new level.
In reaction to the economic crisis, will.i.am recently founded the i.am home fund to help families facing foreclosure.
“Growing up I dreamt that one day I’d be able to buy my mom a house and take care of my family. I realized that dream and experienced the positive effect giving back had on my family. Now I am compelled to help others who are in jeopardy of losing their homes and inspire others to join the movement. The collapse of the housing market and the economic crisis has left millions in jeopardy of losing their homes. The crisis awakened a personal mission to create the i.am home fund to save people facing the very real problem of foreclosure and homelessness.”
will.i.am unveiled his new foundation on “Oprah” by surprising two families struggling to keep their homes. In an emotional moment, will.i.am agreed to pay the $350,000 remaining on their mortgages.
The star shared with Oprah his motives: “I don’t dream of being mega, crazy rich; I just wanna be able to create, make music and help people. Doing this isn’t gonna leave a dent in my house, but it could help somebody that really needs it. It’s something that means a lot to me.”
For will.i.am, his act of benevolence was only the beginning of something bigger. With his new fund, he wants to ensure that more Americans are helped through these hard times: “If you bring people together who have big hearts and [are] caring, they can make a difference and help America’s problem out.“
For some reason, “I Gotta Feeling” that this will be will.i.am’s next big hit.
Follow will.i.am’s lead and take action on the American economic crisis by: weighing in on how to fix our national debt or by urging the senate to hold big banks accountable for jobs and homes lost during this economic crisis.