BOISE, Idaho — The Boise Hive is a sober musician’s resource that aims to inspire resilience. But the nonprofit’s revenue is down 70% since March, according to volunteers. That’s why they are hoping the community will help them raise $7,500 to keep the hive abuzz.
Last time we shared a story from inside the Boise Hive, there was some face-melting rock and roll going down. But now, things are a little different. Volunteers say the pandemic has resulted in fewer people paying to use the space — even though their prices are as low as $6 an hour for some practice spaces.
"Performance opportunities have decreased, and so the need for rehearsal space has decreased," said Sarah Williams, musician and volunteer coordinator with the Boise Hive.
Founded in 2013 by a small group of local musicians, the mission of the Boise Hive is to prevent suicide.
“It’s my mental healthcare," said Williams. “It’s a place where we can connect with each other, in a time where people aren’t able to connect very well.”
We first introduced you to Williams last year. She’s overcoming addiction with the help of the Hive. She says the mere thought of the sober musician’s resource shutting down -- is devastating.
“I get pretty suicidal when I don’t have… when I’m not connected to my resources, and Boise Hive’s one of those resources," said Williams.
The Boise Hive features access to free counseling, in house.
“And right now, especially with the stresses of COVID, you don’t have to have a mental illness or a mental challenge, to, to feel the pressures of today," said Williams.
So in order for the Boise Hive to continue providing programs like jam nights for vets with PTSI, editing classes, band development workshops and more, she’s hoping the community will step in to help the Hive continue inspiring resilience.
“And I've seen that transition into aspiring musicians who actually believe in themselves, and they could look at whatever they’re doing, and it’s -- it’s a complete 180 degree turn around... the hope is back, and they thrive," said Williams.
If you'd like, you can help the Boise Hive reach their fundraising goal, and join them for a special Live@TheHive streamcast on Saturday, October 17.
Text or call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at (208) 398-4357 to get 24/7 confidential help if you or someone you know is exhibiting warning signs or having thoughts of suicide.