Friday, January 26, 2018 - 11:45am

South Carolina rock band NEEDTOBREATHE recently traveled to Jinotega, Nicaragua, to help open the doors to the new state-of-the-art NEEDTOBREATHE Medical Center in partnership with OneWorld Health on January 24, 2018. The medical center was funded entirely by donations from fans, ticket sales and proceeds from the band’s celebrity golf tournament, the NEEDTOBREATHE Classic, which takes places annually in Charleston, SC. Since the beginning of their partnership with OneWorld Health, NEEDTOBREATHE has raised over $1 million for the organization.
The NEEDTOBREATHE Medical Center in Jinotega is projected to serve more than 160,000 patients, 60% of which live on less than $2 per day, from both the urban population and the mountainous region surrounding Jinotega over the next 20 years.
“We’re extremely proud to open the 2nd NEEDTOBREATHE Medical Center in Nicaragua. We’re humbled by the opportunity to have an impact on the families and individuals seeking medical care in Jinotega and Tola. This is a career highlight for us, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the work of OneWorld Health in this region and to our fans who have supported this effort through their donations,” said NEEDTOBREATHE.
This is the second medical center the band has opened in Nicaragua—the first opening in Tola in January 2017. The medical center has served more than 4,000 patients in its first year – with the highest patient volume of any OneWorld Health facility in its first quarter. Prior to the openings of the clinics in Tola and Jinotega, the surrounding communities had access to only small public health clinics with no imaging services, no laboratory services, a limited pharmacy, and no medical specialists.
Donations to the second NEEDTOBREATHE Medical Center and OneWorld Health can be made here.
Incorporated in 2007 as the charitable arm of Commonwealth Financial Group, the Commonwealth Cares Foundation is a tangible manifestation of our corporate VISION. The Foundation initially provided gifts and raised awareness for local organizations through our annual charity golf event. Today, the Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, is an active member in the community. Through outreach efforts and generous giving by dedicated volunteers and corporate sponsors, we've had a lasting impact on people and organizations close to our hearts. ...Winston Churchill once wrote "we make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give".
NEEDTOBREATHE is a GRAMMY-nominated rock band hailing from South Carolina, comprised of brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), and Josh Lovelace (keys, vocals). Their most recent album H A R D L O V E released in 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Albums, Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts and #2 on the Billboard 200, their greatest debut as a band. H A R D L O V E is the follow-up to 2014’s Rivers In the Wasteland, which debuted at #3 overall on the Billboard 200 and spawned the RIAA-certified Gold single “Brother (feat. Gavin DeGraw).” The hit earned the group their first GRAMMY nomination as well as a pair of Billboard Music Award nominations. NEEDTOBREATHE, well known for the aggressive touring schedule and impressive live show, have spent the last three years criss-crossing the country on “TOUR DE COMPADRES” and “ALL THE FEELS TOUR.” Highlights include three consecutive sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as well as Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), Ascend Amphitheatre (Nashville), Aragon Ballroom (Chicago), Verizon Theatre (DFW) and more. NEEDTOBREATHE will release new music and tour in 2018. For more information, visit

Our vision is to see impoverished communities take ownership in a sustainable healthcare model, so that they become empowered to bring about long-term change and tangible improvements in their health and quality of life. Our mission is to provide quality, affordable healthcare to people in need. We have developed a model that provides affordable healthcare to the communities who need it most and does not require ongoing support to keep the doors open. Each OneWorld Health medical center offers a full scope of healthcare services to the community, delivered by trained nationals and offered at a price point that is affordable to the overwhelming majority of the population. Patient fees offset the costs of running the clinic, eventually meeting or exceeding the total monthly operating costs.