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Welcome to the third installment in our 10-part Charity Blog Series. Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, once said that "the nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten." It's a quote that came to mind when writing about this next charity, Homes for Our Troops. Founded in 2004, the Massachusetts-based charity has committed to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans all across the country. Over 40 homes have already been built and 20+ more are in the build phase (see the project map), each one designed to meet the specific needs and challenges of its wounded American Hero occupant.
The cool thing about Homes for Our Troops is that it gives builders, businesses and individual volunteers a way to contribute beyond the customary donation. Licensed professionals can volunteer their service on a nearby HFOT home to go up; businesses--like manufacturers or distributors--can donate building materials; and individuals can sign on to coordinate food and fundraising for each home building project. Of course if your inclination is to make a financial contribution, donations are taken as well.
Not surprisingly, the Charity Navigator lists Homes for Our Troops as one of the fastest growing charities.