Almost a decade since they first hit the scene, the Jonas Brothers are all grown up, havin’ babies and takin’ shirtless selfies. (Do yourself a favor and click that last link.) A lot has changed over the years, but the one thing that remains the same is the boys’ passion for giving back.
We recently sat down with Joe, Kevin and my future baby daddy, Nick, to talk about their first times (volunteering, duh.), Oklahoma and how they’re making Change for the Children.
Nick was only 7 or 8 years old when he volunteered for “The First Time,” proving that you’re never too young to make a difference! “I was doing some Broadway shows here in New York, and got involved with Equity Fights AIDS, which is an amazing organization that helps people fighting AIDS,” he says. “It was just amazing to be a part of that at such a young age … and it definitely shaped who I am today, and I’m thankful for that.”
The devastating tornado that recently hit Oklahoma caused over $2 billion in damage — much of which has yet to be repaired. “That experience was pretty emotionally grabbing, when you go there and you see how much damage was done,” says Joe of volunteering in Oklahoma City. “There’s still so much cleanup to do.” But the eldest JoBro remains confident in our ability to work together as a nation to rebuild. “It’s pretty devastating to see that something like that could actually happen,” he says. “But luckily, we’re a strong country, and people are helping out.”
Nick, Joe and Kevin’s decade-old Change for the Children Foundation focuses on their three favorite causes — diabetes, the Special Olympics and volunteerism, respectively. “We’ve been able to a lot of great things,” says Nick. ” We just do what we can to try to make a difference, and try to get our fans involved as well.”
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