There’s something about the end of a tax year that spurs a flurry of charitable giving.
If you’re in the giving mood, consider a donation to military nonprofit. Our service members give so much to our country every year, and would certainly appreciate your support.
Check with your local base to determine area needs. If you’d rather support a nonprofit with nationwide reach, check out these four outstanding organizations:
MISSION: Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
Seeking to fill the gaps left by traditional non-profits, Operation Homefront connects military families with emergency funds for auto repair, baby items, medical expenses, dental care, and lots of other expenses.
Since its inception in 2002, Operation Homefront has provided more than $128 million in benefits to military families. Nationally, $.94 of every dollar donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs, according to Charity Navigator.
Armed Services YMCA
MISSION: The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is designed to make military life easier.
Your neighborhood YMCA probably features a pool and a gym. Your neighborhood Armed Services YMCA is a bit different.
ASYMCA strives to make military life easier. In pursuit of that goal, most ASYMCAs skip the fitness focus. Instead, they deliver essential social services to active duty service members and their families at little or no cost.
The list of available social services is awe-inspiring: childcare, hospital assistance, spouse support services, food services, deployment support, youth development, computer training classes, counseling, wounded warrior support and more.
Homes for Our Troops
MISSION: We are strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans we serve.
Through donations of money, materials, and labor, Homes for Our Troops provides free homes to disabled post-9/11 veterans. Homes for Our Troops is approved by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, and has earned enthusiastic support from Charity Watch and Charity Navigator.
The Mission Continues
MISSION: The Mission Continues challenges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America. It’s not a charity. It’s a challenge.
In case you can’t tell from their mission statement, The Mission Continues is certainly not your traditional nonprofit.
The Mission Continues places veterans in community service “fellowships”. Fellows serve for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization, and receive a cost-of-living stipend.
The ultimate goal? Help veterans transition to the civilian workforce. Through fellowships, veterans develop professional skills, continue serving their communities, and identify job opportunities.
What Nonprofits Do You Support?
Who’s doing good work in your area? What military nonprofits do you support?
Let us know in the comment section below, and thanks for supporting our military!