After careful research and consideration, our members have chosen their charities for our second donation of 2015.
Please remember that this does not constitute an endorsement for these charities as our values may be different than yours. You should always conduct your own research or better yet, join one of our giving circles so you can be confident about your donation!
Sometimes, it’s just too hard to pick one. This was one of those months, and we split our donation evenly between these two charities.
The Animal League of Green Valley (TALGV)
Located in Green Valley, AZ, this animal shelter has found homes for more than 2,145 dogs and cats between 2009 and 2012. On a daily basis, they typically care for 120 cats and 50 dogs. Not only do they shelter pets, they provide spay/neuter, veterinary care, training and adoption with low cost options and special assistance for lower income pet owners. And they do that all with more than 300 volunteers who contribute more than 91,500 hours of their time a year. There is no paid staff at TALGV, only dedicated volunteers who make it all possible.
Founded by Teresa Shively and located in South West Wyoming, this small charity rescues Dachshunds and Dachshunds mixes throughout the Wyoming area– although Teresa has been known to take the occasionally regular road trip to Colorado and Nebraska to pick up pups in need of a home. A network of foster homes care for the dogs until adopted, and the dachshunds with medical issues (there seems to always be a paralyzed dachshund in need of a home) usually stay with Teresa at her home.
Located in San Francisco, Home Away helps youth who are homeless, have been homeless, or are in an unstable living situation. They are not a homeless shelter. Instead, they help these youth experience safe and supportive spaces that respect and foster his or her strengths, creativity and abilities. Their Beach House program leads hundreds of trips a year to a cottage in the Marin Headlands, where kids are encouraged to play and explore the rich and diverse environment and learn about nature. Their School House program combines academic assistance with recreational and cultural activities to provide middle schoolers with the help and support they need at a crucial stage of their development. Finally, their Youth Leadership program provides teenagers with mentoring and tutoring to help them achieve their post-high school goals
Located in Lincoln, Ne, O.V.E.R. has a home than can provide immediate housing for up to 5 veterans at a time who are in crisis or transition. In addition, they provide community outreach to educate veterans about services available through local agencies and veterans programs, advocate on issues affecting homeless veterans and the nonprofit organizations providing services to them, provide short-term employment for veterans receiving services and matches veterans with employers, and offer no-interest microloans and a platform for small business ventures at their outreach center.
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