First and foremost is a link to the memorial site for my beloved soul mate. Each and every day his encouragement and ever-present sense of wonder support and inspire me.
D. C. Dorrough Memorial
Charities dealing with poverty, housing, community support
Through the years I have posted a number of links to charities and support organizations I felt might be worth checking out. Keep in mind that leadership changes, new and better ideas come around, but these will at least give you a good place to start. Find what echoes in your heart and help to make the work a better place to be.
- A nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.
- We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.
- Our partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.
Heifer currently provides over 30 types of animals to families in need in more than 40 countries, including the U.S.
The primary mission of The Rose International Fund for Children (TRIFC.org) is to improve the lives of children in Nepal, particularly those who have a disability.
The Bart D. Ehrman Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with the overarching purpose to raise money for charities devoted to poverty, hunger, and homelessness. All money collected from membership fees is given over to charities devoted to helping those in need.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Still one of my favorites. A place where business acumen is applied to the problems facing us in education, health care, and sustainable living.
Veterans and their families
I also have a special place in my heart for veterans. Here are the organizations I have found that are committed to the support of our returning service members and their families.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
An organization that helps veterans find the support they needs, assess needs, and aid in access to programs established to meet those needs.
The American Legion
A program that supports veterans, manages long term care, and provides access to needed services.
These veteran organizations have a primary goal to get veterans back to work in a civilian position that makes use of the skills developed during their service.
DAV (Disabled American Veterans)
After years of ignoring problems that veterans face when they leave the battle field and return to civilian lives, many organizations are finding the best paths to support and understanding. These are some of my favorites.
Final Salute, Inc. An organization devoted to supporting homeless women veterans and their families.
Honor Flight Network. An organization that supports veterans by reminding them they served a grateful nation (even when it was not always apparent on their return).
Operation Homefront This organization focuses on the families of active service members and the issues they have with transfers, finances, and support.
Wounded Warrior Project is devoted to helping those with PTSD (PTSS), as well as other challenges that face a mentally or physically wounded veteran returning to civilian life.
Thurston County Mental Health & Veterans Court Although this link is based in southwestern Washington State, other jurisdictions are also stepping up to do more than incarcerate those facing mental health issues and substance abuse. Check local district courts for similar programs.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans an organization that focuses on the homeless population made up of veterans. Of all of those who are homeless or working poor on America’s streets, veterans make up the largest demographic. (As of 1/2021 they represent approximately 11% of the homeless population).
America’s VetDogs. Help out two groups in need at once by supporting the training and placement of support dogs for veterans. There are even programs for volunteer puppy trainers.
Working Dogs for Vets Another organization that works to match vets with support and companion dogs.
Veterans Families United This organization helps families sort through healthcare and financial support issues by guiding families to make the choices best suited to their needs.
MusicCorp One of my favorites, this organization provides modified musical instruments and opportunities for performances and music practice. As a therapy, it works. As an occupation, it changes lives.
Civics and political activism
One more area of interest in my links pile (for now) is political activism. Although support one party or another is not within the scope of this site, I do feel I can support organizations that are working hard to ensure our democratic system is vigorous and fair and that our civil rights are well protected.
RepresentUS is a multi-party organization that works at the state level to protect our voting rights and to ensure that the system works for the electorate (not the elected).
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) an often vilified organization which has worked tirelessly for a hundred years to protect the civil rights of Americans regardless of gender fluidity, religion, or ethic background.