From Gun Control Advocacy to Meals on Wheels, How Matthew McConaughey Uses His Platform For Good

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Gun Control Advocacy

Matthew McConaughey speaks at a press briefing in the White House Press Briefing Room

Matthew McConaughey speaks at a press briefing in the White House Press Briefing Room

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Following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, 텍사스, 지난 5월, 매튜 맥커너히 spoke out in support of more gun safety legislation.

6월, 배우 attended a White House press briefing to deliver remarks about the elementary school shooting — which killed 19 학생과 두 명의 교사 5 월에 24 — 그리고 그것이 국가의 미래를 위해 의미하는 것.

“이것은 당파적 문제가 되어서는 안 된다,” McConaughey는 자신의 감정적 인, 21-짧은 연설. “There is not a Democratic or Republican value in one single act of these shooters, 그러나 권력을 가진 사람들은 행동하지 않았습니다.”

In the weeks following the shooting, he and his wife 카밀라 알베스 맥커너히 spent several days in Uvalde 피해자와 함께 방문’ 가족들. 그들은 무고한 생명을 잃은 수많은 이야기를 들었습니다., 그리고 모든 가족이 공통의 목표를 공유한다는 것을 깨달았습니다.: to make the lives of those lost matter.

“희생자를 기리고 인정하면서, 우리는 이 시간을 인식해야 합니다, 뭔가 다른 것 같다,” McConaughey said. “어쩌면 앞으로 나아갈 수 있는 길이 있다는 느낌이 있습니다. [총기 안전법 제정을 위해].”

The actor spent a considerable amount of time in the D.C. area following the shooting, advocating for gun safety, 그리고 met with “~ 위에 30 members across both parties,” 포함 “leaders of the Senate, the House,” as well as President Joe Biden.

6 월 2, the couple also launched the Just Keep Livin Foundation’s Uvalde Relief Fund

In addition to grief counseling, NS fund also supported 피해자’ families with burial costs andother immediate and long-term needs of the community.

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101 Bold Nights

Matthew McConaughey at the "White Boy Rick" Press Conference at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, 캐나다.

Matthew McConaughey at the "White Boy Rick" Press Conference at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, 캐나다.

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맥커너히, who serves as the creative director for Wild Turkey, helped out with the bourbon brand’s initiative that supports up-and-coming artists, 101 Bold Nights, 올해 초.

10 월, he detailed the importance of opening doors for people — just like someone did for him once.

You can’t really do anything for somebody once they’re in the door, but if you can help open a door and go, ‘The mic is plugged in, you better hit it, better make it happen,’ there’s some things that they’re going to be able to learn from this,” 그는 사람들에게 말했다.

In collaboration with Wild Turkey and Spaceflight Records, NS Dallas Buyers Club actor helped to launch a mentorship program called #101BoldNightsMusicMentorship. Within the program, McConaughey and Spaceflight Records worked to find an emerging musical artist, to whom the record label would offer personalized mentorship.

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Opening Up About Sexual Abuse and Consent

NEW YORK, 뉴욕 - 2 월 29: Matthew McConaughey attends HISTORYTalks Leadership & Legacy presented by HISTORY at Carnegie Hall on February 29, 2020 뉴욕시에서. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for HISTORY)

NEW YORK, 뉴욕 - 2 월 29: Matthew McConaughey attends HISTORYTalks Leadership & Legacy presented by HISTORY at Carnegie Hall on February 29, 2020 뉴욕시에서. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for HISTORY)

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In McConaughey’s 2020 회상록 Greenlights, the actor opened up about the sexual abuse he experienced as a teenager.

In an appearance on the premiere episode of Amanda de Cadenet님의 팟캐스트 The Conversation: About the Men 9월에, McConaughey was asked by de Cadenet about the abuse and how he knew the right way to approach sexual situations as he moved through adolescence.

McConaughey said his parents taught him to be respectful in such situations and credited his father with teaching him about consent.

“[My father is] talking to me as his son, as a male in this situation and speaking to me about a heterosexual relationship,” the actor recalled in a clip from the episode. “그는 말한다, ‘If you ever feel the girl, the female, hesitate, stop.’ ”

“우와, he told you about consent,” de Cadenet said in response.

He even said this: ‘You may even feel them hesitate and then after you stop, then they go, '안 돼, 아니요, c’mon,’ Don’t. Wait until next time,’ ” McConaughey said.

And he was right. I got in circumstances where I was like, ‘Nah nah nah, 괜찮아, I’m outand then saying, '괜찮아, 시원한, I’m out.The girl went, '오, 잘, no c’mon,’ 그리고 나는 같았다, '아니요, 아니요, 아니요,’ ” 배우 추가. “그리고 그는 말했다, ‘Trust you’ll have another day if it’s to be.’ ”

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Mack, 잭 & McConaughey Foundation

AUSTIN, TEXAS - 4 월 28: 매튜 맥커너히 (엘) and Camila Alves McConaughey attend the 10th Annual Mack, 잭 & McConaughey Gala at ACL Live on April 28, 2022 in Austin, 텍사스. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, TEXAS - 4 월 28: 매튜 맥커너히 (엘) and Camila Alves McConaughey attend the 10th Annual Mack, 잭 & McConaughey Gala at ACL Live on April 28, 2022 in Austin, 텍사스. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)

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5월, McConaughey and his wife celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Mack, 잭 & McConaughey Foundation.

The pair hosted their annual fundraising event for the nonprofit that featured music from headliner Kenny Chesney and a fashion show sponsored by Stella McCartney.

Founded by University of North Carolina football coach Mack Brown, country music artist Jack Ingram and McConaughey, the foundation focuses on fundraising for children’s programs through its yearly two-day event.

Since its founding, the organization has raised and donated more than $20 million to multiple charitable organizations dedicated to children’s education, health and wellness.

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Hosting ‘We’re Texasfor Victims of Winter Storms

WE'RE TEXAS | GIDDY UP TO GIVE BACK

WE'RE TEXAS | GIDDY UP TO GIVE BACK

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에 2021, after a series of winter storms hit his home state of Texas, McConaughey stepped up and took action to help those impacted.

In Texas, we’re used to a hurricane, a tornado, a drought, heat, but not a freeze,” McConaughey told PEOPLE in March 2021. “It’s something we weren’t prepared for.

Along with Camila and the Just Keep Livin Foundation, which they launched in 2008, McConaughey organized a star-studded virtual benefit, We’re Texas, 어느 aired on March 21 on the actor’s 유튜브 채널 and in Texas on Spectrum News 1.

The event featured stars like 르네 젤위거, 켈리 클락슨 그리고 케이시 머스그레이브스 and raised funds for families and vulnerable communities getting back on their feet after the storms.

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A Friend to Animals

Matthew McConaughey is seen walking along the beach and playing ball with his three dogs in Malibu

Matthew McConaughey is seen walking along the beach and playing ball with his three dogs in Malibu

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McConaughey and Camila added a few four-legged friends to their family in 2021.

1월 2021, the couple adopted two puppies from the Humane Society just days apart. The first was a 4-month-old rescue and the second was a 2-month-old pup.

If you thoughtwhat was I thinking with a 4 month old puppywell how about with another one that’s 2 개월!! 🐶,” the Brazilian supermodel wrote alongside a selfie with one of the dogs.

“네, got work cut out for me in the next months!” 그녀는 덧붙였다. “3 어린이, 2 older dogs , 2 pups, 1 cat and my mother in law😉.

The McConaughey family has long included furry friends. Pictured is McConaughey walking along the beach with three of his dogs in Malibu, 캘리포니아, ~에 2010.

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Delivering Masks

매튜 맥커너히

매튜 맥커너히

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5월 2020, NS Dazed and Confused actor shared a photo of he and his wife in a truck filled with masks to donate to area hospitals during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to @lincoln for donating 110 thousand masks – me and @camilamcconaughey hitting the road to get em to rural hospitals in need across Texas,” 그는 썼다 인스 타 그램.

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Connecting with Seniors During COVID-19

매튜 맥커너히

매튜 맥커너히

The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living

4월 2020, as the world was settling into what would become thenew normalof social distancing and self-isolation due to COVID-19, McConaughey and his family found a way to connect — virtually!

McConaughey and Camila, along with two of their kids and his mom Kay, joined a Zoom call to play Bingo with a few seniors in their home state of Texas.

The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living posted a video of the call on Facebook, showing the moment McConaughey called out a chip that leads to two potential winners.

Thank you to Matthew, his wife Camila, and his mom Kay for hosting our residents for a few rounds of virtual bingo!” the facility wrote alongside the video. “Our residents had a great time playing, and they loved talking with Matthew about his family heritage and his favorite drink.

We got I-24,McConaughey read in the video before the whole family started whooping in celebration when one player raised his board. “Richard is waving a hammer up high, we got Charles with the iPad up high. We got two winners!”

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Operation BBQ Relief

Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell prepare food during Wild Turkey "With Thanks" 2019 with Matthew McConaughey and Operation BBQ Relief

Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell prepare food during Wild Turkey "With Thanks" 2019 with Matthew McConaughey and Operation BBQ Relief

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다시 2019, McConaughey partnered with the disaster relief organization Operation BBQ Relief and Wild Turkey Bourbon to cook, prepare and deliver meals to first responders as multiple wildfires raged across 그의 “second homeof California.

McConaughey kicked off the bourbon brand’s annual With Thanks” 운동 로스앤젤레스에서 by making BBQ turkey dinners for firefighters and other first responders battling the flames in southern California, and personally thanking them for their hard work.

The Oscar winner helped put together 800 저녁 식사, which were delivered to more than 20 fire stations. An additional 800 meals were also prepared for local homeless shelters.

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Joining Khalid at 2019 Benefit Concert for El Paso Shooting Victims

Matthew McConaughey speaks onstage during ‘A Night For Suncity' benefit concert with Khalid & Friends at the Don Haskins Center

Matthew McConaughey speaks onstage during ‘A Night For Suncity' benefit concert with Khalid & Friends at the Don Haskins Center

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다음 mass shooting in El Paso, 텍사스, 8월에. 3, 2019 that left 23 죽은 사람들, Khalid put together a benefit concert to raise money for victims’ 가족들.

The concert, ~라고 불리는 “A Night for Suncity,” was organized by The Great Khalid Foundation and Right Hand Foundation.

According to The Great Khalid Foundation’s website, the event 높은 $500,000 for the El Paso Community Foundation VictimsFund.

McConaughey took the stage at the event and talked about coming together and supporting one another.

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Helping Out on a College Campus

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In addition to his work as an actor and philanthropist, McConaughey is also a college professor!

That’s right, after working as a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, his alma mater, starting in 2015, ~에 2019 it was announced that he would be a professor of practice at the University of TexasMoody College of Communication in the Department of Radio-Television-Film.

에 2016, McConaughey stepped outside of the classroom and helped out on campus, volunteering his time for a university student-government program called SURE Walk. The program organizes safe ways for students to get home late at night through golf-cart rides and walking partners, NS Dallas Morning News 보고.

The organization shared an image of McConaughey behind the wheel of one of the golf carts.

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Meals on Wheels

Matthew McConaughey Family - 2

Matthew McConaughey Family - 2

원천: Camila Alves/Instagram

수년에 걸쳐, McConaughey has helped out with Meals on Wheels on numerous occasions.

다시 2015, he and his family volunteered their time for the second year in a row, helping to deliver hundreds of meals on Thanksgiving Day, ~에 따르면 Meals on Wheels Central Texas. 에 2019, he joined Governor Greg Abbott, who also did some delivering, KXAN reported.

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Hurricane Katrina Relief

Matthew McConaughey joins RELIEF SPARK's effort to send supplies to families affected by Hurricane Katrina

Matthew McConaughey joins RELIEF SPARK's effort to send supplies to families affected by Hurricane Katrina

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Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 the actor hopped on a plane to Baton Rouge to help those impacted by the devastating storm.

The efforts included rescuing “50 [object Window], 18 cats and 2 hamsters,” according to Oprah.com, where the actor’s journey was documented.

게다가, McConaughey listed his 1971 Corvette Stingray on eBay, selling it for $61,600 — all of which he donated to 오프라 윈프리‘s Angel Network for Katrina and Rita, another storm that touched down in Texas about a month after Katrina.

The actor also worked with Relief Spark, pictured, at the Van Nuys Airport in California, to organize supplies to be brought to impacted areas.

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Matthew McConaughey People POTY cover

Matthew McConaughey People POTY cover

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