Charitable Count: May

In the country, many jobs are seasonal.  This could be because weather dictates when you can build things or work out doors.  Or, it could be related to farming, which follows the sequence of the seasons.  Before construction and farm seasons start, many handmen are looking for work.  Late winter, we hired a local crew to do a few tasks for us.  We could tell that they were looking for more work, so we came up with a few more projects to keep them employed for a few more days.  This obviously does not fit the 501c non-profit organization concept.  But, was this charitable?

Whom have you helped keep the cash flowing because you knew they needed some help at that time?

Month:                                                         J    F   M    A   M

Alzheimer’s Association                            –     –     –     –     1
American Diabetes Association               1     1     –     1     –
American Farmland Trust                         1     1     –     1     –
American Friends Service Committee    –     –     –      1     –
American Horticultural Society               1     –     2     1    1
American Indian College Fund                 1     1     2     –     –
American Indian Education Fund             1     –     –     –     –
American Red Cross                                    1     –     –     –     –
American Rivers
Americans United (for Separation
Of Church & State)                                     1     –     –     –      –
Amnesty International                              –     –     –     –      –
Appalachian Trail Conservancy               –     –     –     1      –
Arbor Day Foundation                              3     –    –     –      –
Archeaeological Conservancy                  –     –     2     –     –
Archaeological Institute of America      –     –      1     –     –
Arthritis Foundation                                 –     –     –     1     –
Audubon Society                                        –     1     –     –     –
Berea College Fund                                    –     –     1     –     –
Care                                                              –     1     1     –     –
CATO Institute                                           –     –     –     1     –
Civil War Trust                                           –     1     3    –     3
Colonial Williamsburg                              1     1     1    1     1
Common Cause                                           –     –     –     1     –
Compassion & Choices                              1     –     1     –     1
Congressman Paul Ryan                           1     1     –      –     –
Doctors without Borders                          –     1     1     1     1
Drug Policy Alliance                                  1     –     –      –     –
Easter Seals                                                 1     –     –     –      –
Feeding America                                        3    2     2     1     2
FINCA                                                           –     1     1     1     1
First National Development
Institute                                                       –     –     1      –      –
Food First                                                    –     –     –     1      –
Ford’s Theatre                                            1     –     –      –      –
Friends of the Library (Hardy Co.)          –     –     –     1      –
George W Bush Pres. Center                   –     1     –      –      –
Gettysburg  Foundation                           –     1     1      1     1
Green America                                           1     2    –      –     1
Green Peace                                                1     –     2     1     1
Habitat For Humanity                             1     –    1       2     –
Heritage Foundation                                –     1     –      –      –
International Rescue Committee           –     1     –      –     1
Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center       –     –     –      1      –
League of Women Voters                        –     –     1      –     1
March of Dimes                                         –     –     1     –     –
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation       –     –     1    –     –
Marquette University                               –     –     1    –      –
Massanutten Regional Library               –     –     1     –     –
Mayo Clinic                                                –     –     1     –      –
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center                                                          –     1     2    –     –
Mount Vernon                                            1     –     1    –     1
NARAL Pro-Choise America                   –     1     –     1     –
NRA                                                             1     –     –     1     –
National Museum of the American
Indian                                                          –     1     –     –     2
National Museum of Women in
the Arts                                                       –     1     –     –     –
National WASP-WWII Museum             1     –     1     –     1
National Parks Conservation Ass.          1     –     –     2     –
National Park Foundation                       –     1     1     –     –
National Republican Senatorial
Committee                                                  –      –     1    –      –
National Trust for Historic Preservation    –     –     1      –
National WWII Museum                          –     1     –     –      –
Native American Rights Fund                 –     –     –     1      –
Natural Resource Defense Council         –     2     –     1     –
Nature Conservancy                                  1     4     2    1     4
New York University                                –     –     –      1     –
Oxfam                                                          1     1     1     1     1
PFLAG                                                         –     –     –      1     –
Partners for the Future                            –     –     –      –     1
Planned Parenthood                                 2     –     1      –     2
Population Connection                             –     1     1      1     –
Potomac Conservancy                               –     –     1      –     –
Project Hope                                              1     –     –       –     –
Prosperity PAC (Paul Ryan)                     –     1    –       –     –
Raese for Senate Committee                   –     –     1       –     –
Rainforest Alliance                                    1     –     –      –      –
Red Tail Squadron (WWII)                      1     –     –      –     –
Republican National Committee             –     1     –      –     –
Reagan Ranch                                             –     –     –     –     1
Ronald Reagan Pres. Foundation            1     –     –      1     –
Romeny for President                               1     1     2     1     1
St Jude Children’s Research
Hospital                                                       –     –     1     –     –
Salvation Army                                           –     –     2     1     1
Save the Children                                      –     –     1      –     –
SJSU Alumni Association                         1     –     –     –     –
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival        –     –     –      2     –
Sierra Club                                                  –     –     1     –     –

The Shakespeare Theatre                         1     –     –     –     –
Smithsonian Institution                           –     1     1     1     1
Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History
And Culture                                                1     –      –     –     –
Southern Poverty Law Center                 2     2     3    2     2
Special Olympics                                        –     1     1      –     –
Technoserve                                               –     –     1      –     –
The Trust for Public Land                         –     –     –     –     1
Unicef                                                           1     1     –      1    –
Union of Concerned Scientists                 –     –     1      –    –
United Farm Workers                               –     –     –      1    –
USO                                                               –     –     –     1     –
WV Humanities Counsel                           –     –     1      1     1
WV Public Broadcasting                           2     1     –      –     2
Woodland Owner’s Assoc. of WV            –     1     –       –     –
WMRA/WEMC (NPR)                              1     1     1      1     1
World Vision                                               –     1     –      –     –
Wounded Warrior Project                        1     –     –      –     –
Xerces Society                                             –     –     –      –     1

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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10 Responses to Charitable Count: May

  1. walkingsmall says:

    That’s quite a list, but I was most impressed with your first example. A typical win-win situation – you get some help and someone else gets some wages. It’s almost like another example of your writing on ‘the barter system.’

    • hermitsdoor says:

      A barter system is a little tricker on paying the taxes though, as no one exchanges cash.

      • walkingsmall says:

        … so you’re saying the barter system is better, right?

      • hermitsdoor says:

        Let’s just say that bartering is more immediate and direct. Any time that you exchange your time, expertise, and energy into money, and then exchange the money back into someone else’s time, expertise, and energy, the money handlers and government have ways of extracting a few coins from your supply.

  2. Charlie Larson says:

    What does 2 – 1 – 2 mean? For planned parenthood do you contribute in Jan, March & May? All tax payers contribute to the organization that provides abortions to all interested women. My hope is that the government would stop giving money to Planned Parenthood.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      For clarification: 1) the numbers represent how many times each of these organizations sent us a letter requesting donations, not whether I responded or not. The “dashes” represent months with no solicitations. This allows the reader to track which organizations request donations only once or occasionally, and those which make multiple requests (annually or monthly). 2) From what I have come across, Planned Parenthood does not perform abortions. If a woman requests an abortion, Planned Parenthood refers them to an MD or clinic which performs this procedure. I suspect that this is as good as performing the procedure to some people’s thinking.

  3. Mother Suzanna says:

    Whom do I employee to keep the cash flow going? My dear Teresa, who for many years during this economic downturn has been the sole bread winner because her husband is in construction, which there has been very little of here in the Silicon Valley. When we moved to this smaller home, the Vicar’s father said he thought “we” could do without Teresa. I looked him square in the eye and said, “Do you want to clean the bathrooms or the kitchen?” That’s the last I’ve heard on that topic!

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Often when hiring someone to do a task which I could do (such as law mowing), but prefer to not have to do, I also consider how the cash flow their direction is more important to them than me. As the Vicar mentions, that money in our wallets is often extra or a minor inconvenience to not have for us, but a boon for the other person.

  4. The Vicar says:

    The Nature Conservancy seems to be in the lead. I hope their junk mail is printed on recycled paper.

    I have a friend that is an ex-felon. It’s not easy finding work when 14 years in state prison shows up on your resume. Over the past four years we’ve spent a lot of time talking, praying and encouraging one another. He has an uncanny knack for needing the exact amount of money I happen to have in my pocket on a given day. I know that the Hermit would consider that a coincidence, one possibility among many. I choose to believe that God has blessed me with the resources, as if to say “you have the money, what will you choose to do with it?” Sometimes it’s a sacrifice, but I never regret deferring my wants for a friends needs.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      We give to others in many ways. Your loyalty, time, and willingness to have a relationship with someone whom society shuns is as much charity as the cash, which is our culture’s symbol of exchange.

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