Every three months, we research a bunch of charities and then choose which one we are going to donate to. Here are short descriptions on the charities we chose last month.
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People for Pets Chooses Pilots N Paws
Pilots N Paws connect pilots with dogs in high kill shelters who have a home waiting for them in a new location. The pilots fly in, pick up the dog, and fly to the dog’s new home.
More than 4,200 volunteer pilots connect through a robust internet forum that has over 10,000 registered users who are posting requests for transports, announcing availability for adoption/fostering, and pilots who are are coordinating flights between the two.
Every year Pilots N Paws hosts multiple Fly Away events where they can transport more than 500 animals in one day from a single community. They create a ton of local publicity and awareness about the need for spay/neuter and adoption services.
Poverty Busters Chooses Heifer International
Heifer is a complex organization, so here’s a description of a typical small project.
“On a streamside plot where a client lives, Heifer helps build a corral for a cow, terraces the slope down to the stream, and provides seedlings of fast-growing native trees to slow runoff. Other plantings help sustain the cow with fodder, the family with fruit and other produce, and local wildlife with native vegetation. The idea is to restore the local habitat and make room for humans to inhabit it with as small a “footprint” as possible — and, in the process, improve the humans’ lives toward modest prosperity.”
“Heifer International is about much more than cattle, of course. Chickens far outnumber cows among its donated animals, and care is taken to select livestock appropriate to local ecologies and economies. Program participants work with earthworms, edible snails, bees, silkworms, crayfish, ostriches, geese, guinea fowl, guinea pigs, alpacas, grasshoppers, water buffalo, yaks, and, in one Thai project, elephants….”
They work in the U.S., too….
“Although the typical Heifer project site is an impoverished rural village, the organization also has a big-city presence…. Will Allen, who runs Growing Power in Milwaukee, represents the urban face of Heifer, which gave GP a grant of $168,342 over four years. Allen started 10 years ago with the last remaining farm within the city limits, bordered by two expressways and a busy street, and a cadre of kids who “didn’t know a cucumber from a pepper.” Growing Power now boasts 300 farmers, greenhouses (which grow duckweed-fed tilapia as well as vegetables), and a 33,000 square-foot warehouse.”
Description of Heifer taken from Earth Island.
Veterans Chooses Bridging the Gap and On Behalf Of
Bridging the Gap‘s residential centers in Georgia provide food, shelter, education, counseling and more to homeless veterans. They have 3 residential centers- one in Stone Mountain, Buckhead, and a women’s center in Tucker, GA (all Atlanta suburbs). They bought 3 4 bedroom houses. 2 veterans to a room which means 8 veterans live in each house. This is not an institutional type place. These are homes in neighborhoods. Our donation will fund food and utilities at one of these homes.
On Behalf Of provides both cash and services to combat injured and grieving military families. Then they’ll consult their “Thank a Vet Network” on Facebook for volunteers and businesses who might be able to lend a hand with their expertise or services. The help doesn’t end there: if appropriate, and with the veteran’s permission, they rally “ScoreForce” to take things a step further: ScoreForce proactively contacts local businesses in the veteran’s hometown that might be able to help with money, a service or product that could bring some relief.