It’s our favorite time of year here at Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles. Every three months, we research a bunch of charities and then choose which one we are going to donate to. The members have submitted their nominations, and we will be considering the following 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
Due to the popularity of coffee, more than 500 million people are dependent on coffee for their livelihoods, and of that number, 25 million are coffee farmers who typically live and work in substandard conditions and receive only a small percentage of the actual price that the coffee is sold to the consumer. Women, who represent a good majority of coffee farmers, face additional challenges. IWCA empowers women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and encourages the recognition and participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry. Among their programs include efforts to increase production and quality, to locate buyers, to provide resources like clean water, and to make business education available.
Located in Houston, TX, Grace After Fire’s Table Talk program serves as a peer support system designed specifically for women Veterans. It focuses on gender specific aspects through structured interaction with trained facilitators and fellow peers while identifying and addressing barriers women Veterans face on the path to positive change. They want to help women veterans transition back into family life, achieve success in the work place, and be successful in her pursuit of happiness.
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.
The Next Step
The Donation Committee will research these charities thoroughly and send the members the completed reports so they can choose the charity they believe will make the biggest difference.
You Can Help Us Choose
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