Posted by SDRyan on January 28, 2000 at 09:40:02:
As you can tell from the responses, there is no shortage of places to give. There are several ways that you can begin checking your local community. You can search the internet for the area you suggest, as many agencies nowadays are embracing this like other organizations. Also, check the yellow pages under social service organizations for your community - the United Way (and similar organizations) also have fairly extensive directories. You can then call to either visit or get their literature/financial data sent to you to help in your decision. I am not sure where you live, but you could also contact your local university’s school of social work - who often know of innovative community programs. I recently conducted a workshop on Budgeting & Finance for local small non-profits and church-based organizations which ran the range of issues. Many of the organizations’ efforts are laudible, but no one outside of their small community knows of their existence - thus the need to connect with local groups.
For example, I would love the opportunity to work with members of the REI community to mutually work on neighborhood building issues - which could be beneficial for both you as an investor, and the many families currently living in the neighborhood. That type of goodwill goes a long way to establishing yourself as a community leader (who do you think people will contact when selling their home). As a social worker, I know many good families (who can and will pay) who are in need of homes and others wanting to sell; however, for ethical reasons I cannot do REI with them. The possibilities of collaborations such as this are endless, and beneficial for all parties. I hope this provides some areas to look and consider.