My apologies, I thought I had already sent his out earlier in the month.
The region is currently using a 6-month rotation for regional charities, to give members more time with the featured charities, and to allow us to offer several different options simultaneously during that time period.
Note that any domain-level organized group volunteering, with a focus on direct impact on one’s local community, will be eligible for regional prestige matching for this entire 6-month period, in addition to the three sponsored charities below
For the period of January-June 2019, the Southwest Region will be featuring the three following charities:
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation http://www.searchdogfoundation.org/ (Training and providing search dogs to firefighters and first responders, to rescue people trapped in disaster wreckage)
National Alliance on Mental Illness https://www.nami.org/ (National education, support and advocacy mental health organization)
Clean Water Fund http://www.cleanwaterfund.org/ (National grassroots environmental leadership program focused on state/federal water and toxics policies)
Per the Membership Handbook, from January 1st-June 30th 2019, for any donations you make to these charities, you will earn 1 point of Regional prestige for every $3 donated, or 10 points of Regional prestige for every hour of time donated volunteering. (Note that volunteering time is also eligible for VIP!)
Donation options are listed below for each charity, but regardless of option or charity selected, please send a copy of your receipts (or photographic proof of donation) to email@example.com and copy firstname.lastname@example.org. To help ensure things are tracked and reported properly, please include in your email subject line: Jan-Jun 2019 Charity (Name of Charity) (Month of Donation)
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation http://www.searchdogfoundation.org/ This California-based organization provides professional training and trained canines to firefighters at no cost to the fire departments:
OUR MISSION IS TO STRENGTHEN DISASTER RESPONSE IN AMERICA BY RESCUING AND RECRUITING DOGS AND PARTNERING THEM WITH FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS TO FIND PEOPLE BURIED ALIVE IN THE WRECKAGE OF DISASTERS.
Direct monetary donations can be made to National Disaster Search Dog Foundation at https://donate.searchdogfoundation.org/1170 or using any of the other donation options on their website
You can also donate goods or volunteer time with any local firefighter, first-responder or disaster response organizations.
National Alliance on Mental Illness https://www.nami.org/ This group is the largest grass-roots mental health organization. They provide education, direct support, training and advocacy for a variety of mental health related topics, and related causes. Offering free mental health information and support to those in need.
Direct monetary donations can be me to NAMI through their website at https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Donate
You can also go to https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved to view options for goods donation, volunteering time, or other ways to get involved or offer support. You can also donate goods or volunteer time with local non-profit mental health organizations.
Clean Water Fund http://www.cleanwaterfund.org/ A national organization focused on ensuring cleaner and safer water, cleaner air, and protection from toxic pollution in our homes, neighborhoods and workplaces. Working to support and strengthen state and federal water and toxics policies and laws.
Direct monetary donations can be made to Clean Water Fund through their website through their donate button https://org.salsalabs.com/o/2155/donate_page/donate-to-clean-water-fund.
You can also donate goods or volunteer time with local non-profit groups focused on water conservation, clean-up or related topics.
Members are encouraged to forward this email to your domain lists for further distribution.
SW ARC Charities