“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” — Proverbs 31:8-9
In society, adults and children live on a poverty level that many do not see. In Central Texas, Chandra and I have formed our volunteer soldiers to support projects working with low income children and communities on health, nutrition, correct food, and issues such as hygiene with needs to supply items such as tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss, soap, gloves, hats, food, and other items poverty stricken communities desperately need. Giving is not a financial donation all the time. Volunteering is giving. Spending time with the elderly is worth more than buying them a jacket. Mentoring an impoverished child who has no guidance will teach him more than a lifetime of wandering. Giving comes in many forms. In a 2013 article from philanthropy.com, the title read:
“Helping the Poor Is No Longer a Priority for Today’s Nonprofits”
These shocking points discussed non profits today:
“In the last decade or so, nonprofits have stopped caring about the plight of the poor.”
“Back in the 1980s and 1990s, nonprofits joined together when cuts in social-safety-net programs were proposed.”
“A wide range of health and education institutions, women’s groups, consumer and civic organizations, and charities that aided the elderly made fighting poverty one of their major program priorities. They worked in tandem with organizations…”
“But most nonprofits continue to remain satisfied in pursuing their more-narrow agendas… They show little concern about the ravages brought on the country by income inequality, homelessness, hunger, and unemployment. Their executives are rewarded by their insensitive boards only for the work they do on their narrow agendas. The indifference of political leadership to matters of poverty only reinforces the negligence of nonprofits.”
“It is an embarrassment to our country that the nonprofit organizations created to serve society, let alone the political system, are so little concerned about economic inequity and social justice. How did nonprofits lose their sense of decency?“
My wife and I have sponsored the poor, the elderly, the disabled, disabled soldiers, and many others. We funded any cause that we found needy out of our own pockets for years before we even formed the Vandry Hope Foundation.
Photo: Chandra reading a Christmas story after our sponsoring dinner, food packs, blankets, socks, and Christmas gifts to children at Booker T. Washington Terraces, Austin Texas.
Philanthropy is an agenda to do better, not to profit better or take advantage better.
Photo: Thank you letter from City of Austin Housing Authority to William and Chandra for food, clothing to children
Please give to our Foundation so that we may also help others. You can make a difference!
— William Vandry, President VHF
December 2015 William and Chandra sponsor East side Austin needy children and families
December 2014 Montopolis area impoverished children