Your favorite charities

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by MidwestMom, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    I was thinking about this today. Don't ask me why :tongue:.

    I can never pass up throwing something into a can if it's a pet rescue, a humane society, Special Olympics or anything for autism.

    Do you have a favorite charity? I know, dumb
  2. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Well, we are partial to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America :)

    And NAMI.

    And the Red Cross.

    And CABF.
  3. everywoman

    everywoman Active Member

    Big Brother/Big Sister
    Epworth Childrens Home
  4. ML

    ML Guest

    I'm actually our workplace giving Chairperson for this year. I'm always asking someone for money lol. We had our annual chili cook off and a bake sale recently and raised a good bit for a foundation that helps the employees as they fall on hard times. There are hundreds of charities to pick from with our campaign and I get to see where people put their money. Believe it or not Dumb Friends League is one of the most popular.
  5. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    SPCA/humane society, juvenile diabetes, anything for disabled vets, the local food bank- not in any particular order. When I die, educational scholarships will also be set up, assuming I can keep my life insurance. I'd like to do more for MI and abused children but haven't found any local agency that I'm confident in yet- I'd like to be a CASA volunteer someday. If I'm working full-time I think it blows it due to schedule requirements.
  6. crazymama30

    crazymama30 Active Member

    Well, we cannot donate on a regular basis but I do try to give homeless people who stand on street corners money. Not too much, a buck or whatever.

    The other day difficult child gave up his dollar and a handful of candy he got out of a quarter machine. Not sure if the guy ate the candy, but he took it.
  7. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    I don't have much to donate anymore, but when I did, I donated monthly to St. Judes in Memphis, and to the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a state-of-the-art no kill animal shelter in California that was founded by Tony LaRussa, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.

    And in our little town there is always someone collecting for something - the kids ball teams, the Shriners, the Humane Society. And I'm going to start donating pet food to the Humane Society for our local shelter that operates on a shoestring. My littliest Boston, Trace, came from the Humane Society. He was in such bad shape when he was brought in, I'm sort of surprised that they didn't just put him down. But even on their tight budget, they spent hundred of dollars getting him the surgery and treatment he needed and now I have this beautiful, happy, healthy little guy running through my house, playing with toys and getting in trouble!
  8. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    I don't have anything extra to donate right now, but when I did I donated to:

    St Judes
    local humane society
    local food bank

    and a couple other disease specific organizations that I can't remember the name of because I'm brain dead.
  9. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Ok...I give up.

    What is the "Dumb Friend's Society?" :D
  10. ML

    ML Guest

    Hey MWM :) Dumb Friend's League is a foundation that helps animals (thus the dumb lol). I forget it's native to Colorado; sorry about being so cryptic.

    Have a great day!
  11. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    Over the years, we've donated fairly regularly though not all at the same time, to:

    doctors without Borders
    Tourette Syndrome Association
    Food Share
    St. Judes
    The Humane Society
    The Cancer Society
    The Lung Association
    Local scholarship fund
    Local homeless shelters
    My personal favorite: a battered women and children's shelter that services all of Hartford County, the Farmington Valley, and some parts of Litchfield county here in CT.

    We always drop a dollar or two in the Salvation Army can (who can ignore the freezing guy/gal in the Santa hat ringing his/her bell for hours on end?), though I will admit that I skipped a couple of years because I heard the Salvation Army doesn't hire homosexuals...not sure if it's true but I finally reasoned that they do more good than harm so what they hey.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2009
  12. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    husband & I were big supporters of:

    Wilder Foundation
    Lutheran's Children Society
    Epilepsy Foundation
    Disabled Veterans of America
    Habitat for Humanity

    Since husband died I've had to cut back in a big way my donations to these facilities.
  13. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    I tend to look to see how much of the donations makes it to the needy.
    My favorite is a soup kitchen started by one of the Sisters of Mercy from my high school in my old hometown. Very small and very needed.
    There is the Autism society, scholarship fund at husband's alma mater and a few others that have personal meaning to me.

    I figure every lottery ticket I buy that benefits senior citizens or education is a donation too.
    Mostly, I try to find a need and reach in to help fix it in my every day life. Sometimes that's with time, or work or donation. I'm not a big joiner of groups.
  14. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I always give to the people who collect for causes like the when the firemen stand out with boots to collect when firemen have died. I also give to Toys for Tots.

    Our Piggly Wiggly has a little card you swipe and a percentage of what you buy goes to various charities you pick out. Mine are the NAMI, The Fibro Association and the Arthritis Association.
  15. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    What a smart idea your grocery store had! Our chains all require independent solicitations for charitable causes. By setting up the way PW has, they would be saving employee time and endearing customers.

    My donations are almost exclusively time and leadership offerings. Until recently all were centered on children and the protection of civil rights. Now I am working to get trails built in the community. My volunteering years should be over by 2011. I hope, lol. DDD
  16. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

    Our School
    No Kill Animal Shelters in the Area
    Abused Women's and Children Center's in the area
    WWF (The girl's just donated their savings to the Black Footed Ferret and the Amur Leopard)

    I pick different locations throughout the year and who is low on donations.
    Animal shelters are in desperate need right now and woman's shelters.

    As it starts to get cold I try to donate blankets and food to the homeless.
  17. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! LOLOL! I thought...huh???

    I love animals. If I have any change, even just a bit, and it's a hard week for me I will still throw money into a can if it's for helping animals. I just love them. Sometimes I think I love them more than people...hmmmmmmmm...I'm sure I'd get a new diagnosis for that!!! ;)

    On a serious note, I worked for a homeless shelter when we lived in Illinois, but, believe it or not, there aren't any where I live. Nowhere. God knows where the homeless hang out. They aren't on the streets. I have a real soft spot for the homeless, even if they are there because of bad choices. Maybe it's because I've seen my own kids make bad choices.
  18. muttmeister

    muttmeister Well-Known Member

    I try to stick mostly to local charities where the money stays in the community. I am also a sucker for anything animal related.
    The other two I give to regularly are the Shriners and the Salvation Army (hadn't heard about the homosexual thing but, as you say, even if it's true I think they do a lot of good).
  19. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Our local childrens' shelter; gifts at Christmas, the Jammie Drive, socks, underwear, etc.

    Our town's animal shelter; food, treats, blankets, etc.

    Our local no-kill shelter; donations through Facebook (look for Save-a-Dog and Save-a-Cat) , attending their holiday party, etc.
  20. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    We've always donated to St. Jude's.
    We are also involved in the Epilepsy Foundation, now. Did you know that November is Epilepsy Awareness Month?

    We do a lot of local charities....the women's shelter, food pantry and when there's a driver for a local child or family. The local ones really hit home.

    We don't have much to give this year either. It's unfortunate that so many people are so needy this year, but there is just not enough people that are able to give as they have in the past.