30 DoBH – 9

Day 09 — When the cashier gives me this amount of money for change I know it’s too much money to dump in the charity bucket…

Bigger than a $5 bill. Yes, I get yelled at by my husband. BUT I am usually shopping at my local Commissary (military grocery store) anyways, so any pocket money goes to the baggers anyways, since they work solely for tips. So it’s pretty common for whatever cash I have to disappear, one way or another.

Below I’ve listed a few military charities, simply because they hit so close to home, as I am a military child, and a military spouse. Please support the troops!

10 Top-Notch Charities
At Charity Navigator we believe that high-performing charities excel in three areas: (1) financial, (2) accountability & transparency and (3) results. We expanded our rating system in September 2011 from one that solely looked at financial indicators to one that also includes metrics of accountability & transparency. These ten charities not only earn our highest 4-star rating for their Financial Health, but they also earn 4-stars in Accountability & Transparency. This tells us that these 10 charities adhere to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and that they execute their missions in a fiscally responsible way.
Rank Charity Overall Score
1 Matthew 25: Ministries 69.96
2 MAP International 69.94
3 Direct Relief International 69.92
4 Medical Teams International 69.87
5 Bay Area Food Bank 69.83
6 Northern Illinois Food Bank 69.80
7 San Francisco Food Bank 69.78
8 Food Bank of the Rockies 69.73
9 Mid-South Food Bank 69.71
10 Houston Food Bank 69.71

Some top rated MILITARY centered charities:

USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization, and is not a part of the federal government. Since 1941, the USO mission has remained the same: to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to service members and their families. The USO currently operates more than 135 centers worldwide, including ten mobile canteens located in the continental United States and overseas. Overseas centers are located in Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Qatar, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guam, and Kuwait. Service members and their families visit USO centers more than 6.9 million times each year. Services include free Internet and e-mail access, libraries and reading rooms, housing assistance, family crisis counseling, support groups, game rooms and nursery facilities.

Air Force Aid Society
Incorporated in 1942, The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force. AFAS to help relieve financial distress of Air Force members and their families and to assist them in financing their higher education goals. Its three-pronged charter promotes the Air Force mission by providing worldwide emergency assistance to members and their families, sponsoring educational assistance programs, and offering a variety of base community enhancement programs that impact member/family welfare. In 2008 over 45,000 Air Force members and their families were helped with more than $24 million in assistance.

Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops, founded in 2004, is strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to their country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries. We assist severely injured servicemen and women and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and then coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility. The finished home is then given to the veteran. All services provided by Homes for Our Troops are at no cost to the veterans we serve.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) was founded in 1980 to provide support and assistance to the U. S. military’s special operations community, which consist Army Special Forces (Green Berets), the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Navy Small Boat Teams, Navy SEALs, Air Force Combat Controllers, Air Force rotary and fixed wing squadrons, and Marine Corps special operations personnel. SOWF’s mission includes two major aspects in support of special operations personnel: providing a full college education to the surviving children of those who lose their lives while serving in the U.S. military special operations community, and providing immediate financial assistance and support to ensure that severely wounded personnel are able to have their loved ones at their bedside during recovery.

Armed Services YMCA
The mission of the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), on behalf of the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Associations of the United States of America, is to put Christian principles into practice through educational, recreational, social and religious programs and services for military personnel, both single and married and their family members. The mission is carried out in cooperation with the military. For 150 years, the Armed Services YMCA has been serving our Troops and their Families. Whether they are single, married, Active, Guard or Reserve, it’s all about them and providing them a quality of life commensurate with their service to the Nation. Today, in close partnership with senior military leaders, the focus of our low/no-cost programs and services is on the young, Junior Enlisted Troops and Families, as they are the ones most in need and at greatest risk.

National Military Family Association
National Military Family Association is the only national organization that for more than 40 years has represented officer and enlisted families of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Service. We help those seeking resources for: themselves and combat-weary service members returning home from war with fragile mental heath, for optimistic-but-anxious children separated from parents during deployments, for spouses forging ahead with educations to build better lives for their families or to prepare for the unthinkable, for widows seeking information about benefits available to them as they cope with their losses, and for proud parents of single service members. We identify and work with others to resolve emerging military family-related issues.

Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home. Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers in 30 chapters nationwide. Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided critical assistance to more than 105,000 military families in need. Some of our most outstanding accomplishments are: more than 5 million dollars provided to military families in crises; goods and services valued at more than 6.5 million dollars to assist military families; and an excess of 20,000 care packages delivered to soldiers abroad with an additional 2,500 packages delivered to military families at home.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
As the founders of The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund works to preserve the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to promote healing and to educate about the impact of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was initially conceived with one overriding purpose — to bring long overdue honor and recognition to the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in Vietnam. Today, the Memorial has transcended its role as a national symbol of reconciliation and stands as a living history lesson. The Memorial is unique in its ability to inspire exploration and reflection about this critical time in our nation’s past, with a wiser eye toward the future. More than 80,000 items have been left at The Wall by visitors since its dedication in 1982.

Fisher House Foundation
The Fisher House Foundation program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 10,000 families, and have made available nearly 2.5 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990.

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  1. Great answer. I did not know they work for tips alone. Terrible.

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  2. That’s only for the Commissary, it’s usually spouses and kiddos, so not a bad thing. They help you out to your car, and most people tip about $5 or so, so I think they do pretty well.

    Most baggers, say at Albertson’s make an hourly wage, and aren’t supposed to accept tips. -speaking from experience-

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  3. Wow! I learned a thing or two about the Military. It’s amazing to learn also that they work/earn from tips. Just, just amazing 🙂

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  4. Minor thing, but yea, I kinda live and breathe military, lol.

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