Do you volunteer your time or donate money to any charitable organizations? Which ones, and why?
Yeah. I give to my church, but I literally cannot afford to tithe.
I give time as well, which I think makes up for not tithing.
I also donate, when possible, to the Community Relief Fund of United Way (which supports people in economic crisis) in the hope that I will never need to use their services.
I buy food for and donate money to Oregon Food Bank (especially the outlet through our church.)
I buy food for and/or donate money to the West Women's Hotel, a shelter for women.
I give to Portland Rescue Mission (https://portlandrescuemission.org/home) and its sister charity which is another shelter for women.
I give to OSPIRG but they're not a charity.
I give to Salvation Army sometimes.
I do NOT give to Goodwill. The CEO makes an obscene amount off the top and no longer runs the company to support the principles under which they were organized.
I give soda cans and bottles to a boy scout troop because my godsons are members of it, and otherwise would not because I don't agree with the national policies of bigotry and requirement of religious conformity. (I also buy the occasional box of Samoas from girl scouts.)
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Church because it's necessary to give time and treasure to support my community of believers.
PRM because they need it. They serve the homeless and they run in the red too often. All the others should be obvious - it is my duty and my honor to help other people when I am able.