We just completed our 3rd quarter donation and our giving circle members have chosen the following charities.
Located in Littleton, Colorado, 4 Paws 4 Life is a foster based dog rescue focusing on finding homes for dogs from transported from high kill shelters in the region.
They receive regular transport of dogs every week from high kill shelters across Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico. They host adoption event at their local Petco 3 times per week and they adopt out about 1,400 dogs a year. Year to date, they have found homes for 900 dogs, provided 24 hurt or sick dogs with medical care, treated 37 dogs for heart worm, and found homes for 8 senior dogs. Since founding in 2012, they have found homes for over 5,000 dogs.
64 million Americans struggled to pay their medical bills in 2014. More than 11 million people will take on additional credit card debt this year to cover mounting medical expenses. Nearly 15 million people will deplete their savings to cover medical bills. Another 10 million will be unable to pay for basic necessities because of these bills. When the bills go unpaid, those debts are then sold and resold to debt collection agencies inflicting an economic and emotional toll that drains savings, damages credit reports, and inflicts embarrassment and stress. In fact, 43 million Americans have delinquent medical debt on their credit reports – that’s one out of five.
RIP Medical Debt targets medical debt held either by veterans or by people 2 times below the poverty level, purchase it for pennies on the dollar, and then forgive that debt. Lucky recipients are notified of the gift and provided a certificate that confirms they no longer owe this debt, so they can ensure the creditor calls stop and credit reports get corrected.
Our donation will forgive nearly $80,000 in medical debt.
In August 2016, prolonged rainfall in southern parts of the U.S. state of Louisiana resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of houses and businesses. With an estimated 146,000 homes damaged in the flooding—characterized as the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012—thousands of Louisianians were forced into shelters, with more than 11,000 in state-operated shelters.
Founded in 1920, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims each year. DAV is a membership charity. That means that there is a large national organization that acts as an umbrella for 1,300 local chapters and 1.3 million members across the country.
One of our members wanted to find a way to help veterans impacted by the flooding, so we are giving directly to DAV’s Louisiana state headquarters. Our donation will provide 2 grants to Louisiana veterans whose homes were flooded.