This is the Captain speaking to discuss life!
I’ve mentioned before that I try to give 10% of my net income to charities but haven’t delved into the specifics much besides this post.
It is time for another update!
The longest running charity that I give to each month is Plan International USA!
I have been donating $60 per month since July 2012!
Perhaps the funniest story of how I chose a charity to fund, I was actually solicited.
I absolutely LOVE door-to-door sales people/ solicitors.
Girl scouts are of course my favorite, because seriously who can say no to thin mint deliciousness, but I enjoy talking to anyone who has the courage to knock on my door because they usually have interesting stories.
In this instance, I was living on a 3rd floor apartment (no elevator) and had just got home from work when I hear a knock on the door.
An absolutely EXHAUSTED looking girl about my age is at the door and asks if I would be interested in hearing about this organization: Plan International. Obviously, she and her teammate have been up and down the stairs knocking on everyone’s door in the complex.
I invite them in, give them water, they gave their whole spiel, and I was hooked.
Plan International is an organization that works world-wide to help communities in need, specifically in developing countries. Their specific targets are the children of these areas, helping them get the education and health care they need and helping them to get out of poverty.
From their website:
Our vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity.
Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of vulnerable children in developing countries by:
- Enabling children, their families and their communities to meet basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies;
- Fostering relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries; and
- Promoting the rights and interests of the world’s children.
Plan’s work is made possible thanks to nearly 1,100,000 people in 21 donor countries who support us by sponsoring a child as well as through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, grants, and strategic partnerships with other organizations.
Since 2012, I have been sponsoring a young boy in the Philippians. Through the continuous updates from Plan, I have had the opportunity to write to him and to see him grow through the years.
Each month, my money goes to work in his community making sure there is water to drink, food to eat, shelter for everyone, and so much more.
Since joining, I have seen so much good being done, and I have no desire to stop anytime soon.
If you have been looking for a group to donate to, for any reason. I highly advise Plan International USA and encourage you to check out their website.
Until next time, avast ye scoundrels!
Photo Credit: World Wildlife Fund