Our virtual giving circles enter our final donation cycle of the year with $1,800 to donate. In total, we will have donated $6,190 in 2012. Do you still think your small donation is too small to make a difference???
I know that we will have tough choices to make this month, and we’ll have to console ourselves with the fact that we probably wouldn’t have donated to any of these great charities. Instead, we’ll be sending hundreds of dollars to our final choice and making a huge impact on their ability to fulfill their mission.
Here are our nominees for December.
People With Compassion for Pets Nominations
Freedom Service Dogs makes it 3rd consecutive appearance as a nominee. Their mission is to train dogs to aid disabled military veterans. All dogs in the program are rescued from shelters. These amazing dogs assist veterans who have become disabled during service, who have developed PTSD or other psychological trauma, or who have developed medical problems later in life after their service
Twice a week, C.A.R.E. arranges and provides the safe transportation of dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in Colorado and neighboring states that are going to rescue groups or adoptive homes. C.A.R.E. works with over 110 rescue organizations who commit to taking the homeless animals into foster care for proper assessment and placement. An average transport consists of renting multiple vans in various locations to move approximately 20 animals. At this time, C.A.R.E. is primarily transporting animals from rural Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Nebraska.
Poverty Busters Nominations
Give Directly provides cash to extremely poor (living on less than .65 cents per day) families in Kenya. The cash is provided with no strings attached, and the families can use it as they see fit. I’m very interested to research this charity and this strategy to discover if cash transfers help families break the cycle of poverty or if it keeps them dependent upon aid.
The IRC is a large organization with a large scope. They respond immediately to emergencies and provide urgently needed supplies, expertise, and health care. In addition, they look to the future by resettling refugees, reuniting families and rebuilding communities. They work in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
Veteran’s Giving Circle Nominations
In most cases, military pay is adequate to support service men and women. However, there still are veterans and their families which find themselves in financial distress as a result of circumstances beyond their control. Many veterans return home with physical and mental injuries, which often lead to soaring medical bills and associated costs not covered by their insurance. Active Heroes helps military families and assists veterans and active duty members by providing financial assistance (such as mortgage, car payments, electricity bills, water bills or security deposits) and job placement services.
They build houses at major Military and VA medical centers across the US and Germany, so families of wounded vets have a place to stay while they help their vets recover. The stays at the homes are at no cost to the families. They also provide free airfare for families to reach the medical centers where their family members are receiving care.