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Boys Town began when Father Edward Joseph Flanagan developed a lifelong interest in helping young people while he was ministering to the homeless folk of Omaha, Nebraska. Intent with aiding young individuals into growing into responsible members of society, Father Flanagan started Boys Town. In fact, the non-profit organization was known before as Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home. Originally an orphanage, the organization today is dedicated towards caring for children and their families, operating out of a headquarters in Boys Town, Nebraska.

Since it began in 1917, Boys Town has grown to extend its services across the US, with locations in California, Nevada, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Central Florida, South Florida, North Florida, New England, New York, and Washington, DC. The organization has different facilities, including a Hall of History to highlight Boys Town history and the Leon Myers Stamp Center which features historical stamp exhibits and sells stamps that have been donated in order to support programs by Boys Town.

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The United Service Organizations (USO) is a non-profit org with the aim of providing programs, services, and even live entertainment to US troops and their families. Founded in 1941, the USO has been working with the Department of Defense while at the same time heavily relying on goods, funds, and services from individual and corporate donors as well as private contributions. And though congressionally chartered, the USO is not classified as a government agency. There are more than 160 centers all over the world and each one is focused on lifting the spirits of troops and their families. This translates to a staff of about 300 individuals and over 44,000 volunteers working together to bring smiles to men and women in uniform.

Considering a USO center “home away from home” started during the Second World War, starting the tradition of entertaining troops that persist today. Those who helped out with the organization thought of their involvement as one of the many ways by which they can support the war effort, with close to 1.5 million Americans pitching in to help in one way or another. The effort was disbanded in 1947 but it was back to regular programming in 1950 when the Korean War broke out. Some USO centers were also situated right in the middle of combat zones during the Vietnam War. Live performances referred to as Camp Shows became so popular at the time that even Hollywood celebrities would come in to perform for the troops.

Today, the USO has a presence in 14 countries around the world, including the US. Guided by the motto “Until Every One Comes Home”, the organization remains steadfast in its effort to uplift the spirits of troops and their families. Until everyone comes home, the USO will be around. In 2011, eight million visitors were recorded for all USO centers.

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Touted as one of the biggest international development and relief foundations in the US, the Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) was established by Robert Andrew Hingson. Back when it all began though, the foundation was known as Brother’s Keeper. A Nigerian medical student pointed out that they didn’t need a keeper, but are instead in need of a brother. This was in 1958 and the point was deeply understood, prompting the foundation to change its name to what it goes by today.

The BBF was primarily dedicate to providing immunization to the neediest countries all over the world and this goal has been realized, with the foundation immunizing more than 10 million people just within 1958 to 1980. Through the leadership of Robert Andrew Hingson, the BBF grew and started offering other kinds of aid possible. When Hingson retired in 1981, his legacy and vision was passed on to his son, Luke. At the end of 2012, BBF recorded total revenues amounting to $296 million.

 

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Relief Services started out in 1943 when Catholic bishops from the United States decided to help out survivors of the Second World War in Europe. Since then, the organization has grown to reach over 100 million people across the globe from 91 countries. Guided by the Catholic spirit that promotes the sacredness of life, CRS aims to assist disadvantaged and impoverished people from all over the world regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion. In the US, CRS taps into the faithful to push them to apply their beliefs in their lives to exist in solidarity with the sufferers and the poor of the world.

Motivated by Jesus’ example, CRS strives to ease suffering, foster justice and charity, and provide assistance for developments. All these though are guided by a set of principles that the organization holds itself accountable to. As the official humanitarian agency of the US Catholic community for international efforts, CRS is managed by a board of directors, whose members are mostly bishops chosen by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and lay men and women. In the interest of the organization’s strict standards of transparency, accountability, and efficiency, it must be noted that 93% of expenses are directly related to CRS programs.

CRS helps people from all walks of life and this willingness to welcome everyone extends to the internal structures of the organization where people of different religions are employed. By being part of professional associations, staff members are able to acquire needed technological advances and information that would greatly help those in the care of the organization. Where CRS does not have operations, many of its staff members personally work with coalitions to widen the reach of services so help gets to where it is needed. CRS operates out of a headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, with about 5,000 employees all over the world.

 

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AmeriCares is a non-profit organization focused on providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief initiatives to people around the world. It started in 1982  but the events that led to its inception happened in 1975 when Robert Macauley pitched in to help rescue Vietnamese orphans when the US jet carrying them crashed. A third of the children had already died while the survivors were awaiting rescue. Unfortunately, the US government declared that they just didn’t have enough resources to immediately rescue the children in need. Macauley acted on his own, mortgaging his home to charter a Boeing 474 and rescue the orphans. In 48 hours, the survivors safely arrived in California.

Since then, AmeriCares has been organizing emergency response teams to be dispatched to areas where aid to survivors is required. Some of the major disasters that the organization has been a part of include: the Chernobyl disaster (1986), the Rwandan Genocide (1994), September 11 attacks (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2006), Japan earthquake and tsunami (2011), and Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines (2012).

 

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Habitat for Humanity International, more commonly known as Habitat for Humanity, is an international non-profit organization founded in 1976. With the aim of creating “simple, decent, and affordable” housing, Habitat for Humanity has been able to address concerns over poverty housing across the globe. While the organization operates out of headquarters in Americus, Georgia and Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity has five area offices around the world: US and Canada; Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe and Central Asia; Asia-Pacific, and Africa and the Middle East. Community-level offices act in behalf of and in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.

The creation of Habitat for Humanity International is credited to Millard and Linda Fuller, rooted in a concept that was formed in Koinonia Farm, a small Christian community founded in 1942 outside of Americus. The Fullers went to Koinonia in 1965 to begin their Christian life after leaving a life of success and riches, and it was there that the couple developed the idea for “partnership housing.” Partnership housing was aimed at addressing the needs of those seeking adequate shelter while working alongside volunteers to make simple but very decent houses. Costs for building houses didn’t come with interest and loans were financed through what is known as “The Fund for Humanity.” The Fund for Humanity was a revolving fund that puts together payments from homeowners, no-interest loans from supporters, and money collected from fundraising activities.

After Habitat for Humanity started building homes in Koinonia, the Fullers decided to bring their idea to developing countries in 1973. It was in 1976 when Habitat for Humanity International was truly born, when an organization was formed after the fullers met with some supporters. Today, the organization has helped repair or build over 800,000 homes around the world, serving over four million people in various areas. Through Habitat for Humanity, hundreds and thousands of low-income families were able to have decent homes of their own, a dream that would have remained as such if not for the efforts of the organization.

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World Relief Charities is a non-profit charitable organization that has a vision and mission revolving around the commitment to bring dignity and importance to war veterans and their families through providing what they deserve the most: sufficient healthcare services, a high standard of life, and assistance in times of need. The organization aims to provide housing, employment, and healthcare assistance. They help in shouldering hospitalization and rehabilitation costs, as well as assist during emergency relief. They also initiate and host programs and services in disaster prone locations worldwide. Furthermore, they help cancer patients in their financial and healthcare needs.

World Relief Charities is made of a team of volunteers that is committed to bringing and making a difference to today’s world, particularly in the benefit of the veterans. By maximizing their resources and network, they ensure that the less fortunate finds relief and assistance when they need it. Through their sustainable and holistic pro-poor programs and advocacies, they continue to give their fellowmen a better and life.

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To establish a solid support group in the promotion of healthy lungs, Professor Sir Malcolm Green together with a group of lung specialists in the United Kingdom founded the British Lung Foundation in 1984. This British charity also lends out a helping hand for those who are afflicted with lung diseases.

With the help of strong talents, the organization seeks to conquer lung disease in the 21st century. Through their Breathe Easy program, they are able to provide a strong network of support for the foundation. This network is consists of 200 support groups across the country and 22,000 who through regular meetings and over the phone assistance are able to aid those who are in dire need of assistance. They also provide a scheme where victims of lung diseases are able to contact people in the same situation. By so doing, they are able to provide a solid support group for those who are struck by diseases of the lungs. Through poster campaigns, advertisements and various events, they are able to raise public awareness of lung diseases. Their propaganda is also geared towards maintaining the threats of lung diseases as part of the agenda at Westminster and in any other political chambers in Wales, Scotland and in Northern Ireland.

Statistically speaking, there’s one in every five persons in the United Kingdom who is suffering from any form of lung disease. This is apart from those who are already suffering from lung cancer and those who are in danger because of smoking. With these figures, the British Lung Foundation seeks to become a shoulder to lean on and aid in fighting against lung disease.

As a charitable organization focused on vanquishing lung diseases, they fund various researches to fight against this affliction. One of the breakthroughs their research team has made is the discovery of one of the genes involved in lung cancer. They have also discovered that Vitamin C is a major component for healthy lungs. 

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The learning and skills sector in England is raised and improved through various courses that are offered for free. There are several institutions that offer these types of assistance to those who are interested to further develop their skills and learning. The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is one of these organizations.

Created to raise standards and achievement in the learning and skills sector in England, LSIS is a non-profit registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Their services and products which are offered for free are tailored to the unique support needed by those who enroll in their programs. They work with various providers to provide students the much needed knowledge to reach their goals and aspirations. LSIS is the organization behind the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Fee Awards, a new scheme to support trainee teachers.

Sadly, the operations of the organization have been put to an end last July 2013. The funding provided by the BIS was cut off starting August 2013 which outright stopped the grants they give out to providers, the conferences, training and delivered free courses. 

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CAFOD is an acronym for an institution that serves as an international aid agency that is working across the globe to help emerging countries alleviates their poverty. It stands for Catholic Aid For Overseas Development. Founded in 1962, the organization started out as the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development.

This charitable institution is rooted in gospel values and Christian faith. It was created to raise awareness of the causes of poverty, promote long-term development to poverty stricken countries, speak in behalf of the poor, respond to emergencies and promote social justice. In addition, they also provide short-term relief to the hungry and needy. CAFOD is a sponsor of the new Las Casas Insitute. Its funding comes from public donations, the British Government and the Catholic community in Wales and in England.

Considered as one of the largest charitable institution in Great Britain, the group is part of the British Overseas Aid Group and the DEC Disasters Emergency Committee. They are also a component of the Caritas International Federation, an organization with presence in over 200 countries and territories across the globe and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Everyone working for the organization is inspired by the teachings of the bible and spreads hope to the world while freeing those in poverty and injustice from oppression and marginalization. Its short term assistance involves the response to disaster stricken countries, providing shelter to the homeless and giving food and water to the needy. Their long-term aid involves the education and healthcare, livelihood and improvement of income, providing better shelter and making food and farming methods available.

CAFOD has over 500 partners overseas and in the UK. Other than their corporate office in the UK, they also have satellite divisions in Niger, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Bolivia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Rwanda, and Nicaragua. They also have staff that is based in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and in Indonesia.