What are your favorite charities?
Many of you give a little something extra to a favorite charity or two during the Holidays. Many of you probably give thoughout the year, as well. Who's on your list as among the most deserving this year?
These are mine:
Heifer International - I like this group because they use your funds to purchase animals for families in very poor areas. Along with the donated animals, they teach and coach so that the initial gift turns into a herd/gaggle/flock. The requirements of the program are that the recipients care for the animals and then pass on some of the offspring to others in their village. It's been a very successful program. (www.heifer.com)
Goodwill Industries - most people just see the stores, but the revenue from the stores funds the real business of Goodwill. What they do is provide job training and job placement for people who have not been in the workforce. Some of the clients are physically or mentally disabled, but many come from socially disadvantaged situations and really don't know how to find or hold a job. Goodwill has a huge success rate and has been putting people to work for over 100 years.
Habitat for Humanities - these are the people who build or remodel homes, giving families an opportunity for decent housing outside crime-ridden areas. One of the things I like best about this program is that families can earn the opportunity for housing by working to build homes for others.
World Wildlife Fund - There are lots of organizations that work to preserve and protect the animals we share the planet with. I like this one best because they have a sound history.
The Nature Conservancy - They use their funds to purchase land and preserve it, as well as promoting ecological awareness worldwide.
There are hundreds of other worthy causes and organizations. It's hard to do the research on all of them to see who squanders the money we give them and who does a good job. Who do you like?