We just completed our first quarterly donation of 2018, and I wanted to share with you the 3 charities we chose– in case you might want to support them, too.
Street Dog Coalition
The People for Pets Giving Circle chose the Street Dog Coalition, because as many as 10%-25% of people experiencing homelessness have pets. To have a pet as a homeless person often means giving up access to shelters and transportation. But the bond between a homeless person and their pet can be exceptionally strong as this person has very little consistency, companionship, and love outside of their relationship with their pet. Many will feed their pet before they feed themselves.
Street Dog Coalition provides free medical care and other services to pets of the homeless. Through pop up clinics, they give rabies shots, parvovirus and distemper, deworming pills, and vouchers to free spay/neuter services.
Based out of Fort Collins, they are regularly contacted by other veterinarians who want to open chapters in their area. They have teams in Fort Collins, Denver, and Colorado Springs each providing about 1 clinic per week and helping about 500 pets a year. Chapters through the country serve another 500 pets per year.
The Poverty Buster Giving Circle chose Homeless Gear, because if you’ve spent any time here in Northern Colorado, you know that the number of people experiencing homelessness is drastically increasing. Based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, Homeless Gear operates a ‘family’ of six programs that provides a continuum (or pathway) of services to individuals and families who are homeless or — in some cases — at risk of becoming homeless.
Here are just a few of the programs the operate:
The Distribution Program provides life-sustaining supplies. Since 2008, they’ve distributed $8.3 million worth of products, 265,000 meals, 2,100 shipments of product to more than 100 agencies that serve people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
The Children in Need program centers around quarterly service events for and product distribution to children and families. Since 2009, they’ve served 3,000 families at quarterly service events, distributing supplies and connecting those families to dozens of community resources, distributed the equivalent of 29,500 meals to children and families in the Thompson School District (through a partnership with the Loveland Rotary Kids Pak program).
In the Night Street Outreach program, volunteers go out onto the streets three nights per week to engage with people experiencing homelessness. They’ve recorded 35,000 interactions with thousands of unduplicated individuals in 861 consecutive (Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday) Street Outreach shifts.
SSG Travis Mills Foundation
The Veterans Giving Circle chose the SSG Travis Mills Foundation. Veteran families who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service to our nation receive an all-inclusive, all-expenses paid, barrier-free vacation in Maine with the SSG Travis Mills Foundation where they participate in adaptive activities, bond with other veteran families, and enjoy much-needed rest and relaxation in Maine’s outdoors.
Located on 17 acres, they have a fully handicap accessible 11,000 square foot facility. In 2017, they hosted 84 veteran families over 11 weeks that were able to participate in adaptive sports and activities. Those activities included: Yoga, Archery, Kayaking, Canoeing, Boating, Fly Fishing, Bass Fishing, Guided Fishing Trips, Pottery, Painting, Culinary Arts (Cooking Courses, Baking), Guest Chefs, Martial Arts (Self Defense), Challenge Ropes Course, Cycling, Horseback Riding, Shooting Sports, Hiking, Golfing, Massage therapy.
Read the testimonials from the veterans and families who’ve been to the retreat: https://www.travismills.org/foundation/our-retreat/testimonials/