William Thien

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Since it is the holidays I want to recommend some organizations that I regularly donate to as it is that time of year. These are some outstanding organizations. In no particular order, I recommend The USO, and an organization that helps disabled veterans, DAV, Disabled American Veterans, an organization dedicated to wildlife conservation and in particular to saving endangered species of cranes, The International Crane Foundation, and the National Audubon Society, dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and the restoration of natural ecosystems.

Click on any one of the aforementioned links highlighted in blue and you will see a place where you can donate online right on the home page.

Both the International Crane Foundation and chapters of The Audubon Society also need volunteers at local chapters and in the community. I recommend that you contact them if you are looking to volunteer as well as donate. I volunteer with The International Crane Foundation and at one of the local Audubon chapters during the summer. It’s a lot of fun!

Donations to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) are well spent paying for things like transportation for wounded military personnel to rehabilitation appointments at The VA Hospital and other related services. Donations to The USO help provide military personnel with many amenities such as phone cards and entertainment during deployment and travel.

There is one other outstanding organization I wanted to recommend in case you are looking for a place to help out this holiday season and that is Homes for our Troops. Homes for Our Troops uses your donations and your volunteered time to build specially adapted homes for our severely injured veterans. Now that veterans are returning from the battlefield with severe injuries, many need a place to live. Donating to Homes for our Troops helps provide wounded soldiers with new, accessible living spaces all around the country.

In 2011 I volunteered my time on a Homes for our Troops build. I am not a skilled carpenter or laborer, but that didn’t matter. I helped lift packs of shingles up to the roofing company that volunteered its time to put a new roof on a new house for a former marine. I carried lumber and helped straighten up the work site. There was always something to do. To donate or volunteer all you have to do is to visit Homes for our Troops and click on the Donate button. Or sign up to help with a Home in Progress. It is a great opportunity to show your support for those who have sacrificed so much for our country.

So click on one of the links above and make your donation today! It’s money well spent.

Copyright 2013 William Thien

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