The Inspiration for Echelon Donates: An Echelon’s Story

Jared Leto wasn’t the only one inspired by his trip to Haiti. Who would have thought this video would be the launching pad for making a difference, not just wishing for change.

Listening to music, especially 30 Seconds To Mars’ music, has always been inspiring. Besides the music moving me, I have also been moved by their fans. Seeing Lily from @TheEchelonHouse using the force of the Echelon to raise funds for Habitat For Humanity made me want to do more.

On August 2, 2011, I headed a project where the fans of 30 Seconds To Mars raised enough money to have trees planted in the Angeles National Forest through an organization I’ve supported for many years, TreePeople.org for Tomo Milicevic’s birthday. We raised enough money to have 36 trees planted in his name.

Since my first charity birthday drive, I have partnered with Sofia Katsali in Greece to create Echelon Donates, where The Echelon Gives Back. What we do is feature charities that are close to the band’s heart and promote them.

No funds are filtered through us. Funds are donated directly to the charity.

I could not do this without the help of the Echelon. There are so many who help focus my ideas and I’d like to thank you–you know who you are.

Thank you for joining in my dream & making this bigger than I could ever hope for.


Alicia Zen

@NYC_ECHELON Team Captain