Nonprofits That Inspire Us“There’s no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” -Margaret J. WheatleyA house in and of itself is not an emotional thing. But by attaching the concept of family, safety, and happiness to it, houses become bigger than the bits and pieces they’re made of. Likewise, we aim to integrate our business with a number of nonprofits that we believe in in an effort to make our work about more than just the loans we help finance. But this article isn’t about us. It’s about the nonprofits that make our mission of giving back possible. From aiding disabled veterans to supporting children in the developing world, the following organizations put their time, energy, and resources into maintaining what are often life-saving operations for the people they serve. Following active duty in the military, many veterans have trouble adjusting to life as civilians. On top of it all, they may require medical attention or help claiming their benefits. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a social welfare organization created by the U.S. congress in 1920 to help disabled military veterans get access to essential services, from medical needs to stable employment. 30 million people are currently victims of sexual trafficking. Two million are children. Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) works with governments in countries from Cambodia to the United States to rescue human trafficking victims and prosecute offenders. Upon rescue, they also collaborate with aftercare centers and social workers to help rehabilitate and care for affected individuals. Hunger and food insecurity affects 1 in 9 Americans and 11 million children. As a result of unemployment, rising living costs, and stagnant wages, many people cannot afford to feed their families, but do not qualify for federal nutrition programs. Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger-relief organization, with thousands of members and volunteers working across all 50 states. In parts of the developing world, as many as 75% of children cannot read, even after spending several years in school. This affects children negatively beyond their schooling by impairing their ability to maintain good health and hygiene, support their families, speak out against inequality, and contribute to the communities they’re part of. Pencils of Promise (PoP) is a non-profit organization that works to build schools and education programs for children in these areas.Read more about our involvement with these nonprofits here.