Charity of the week
For 25 years, Heart to Heart International (hearttoheart.org) has been a first responder to disasters all over the world, dispatching medical teams and supplies to earthquake victims in Haiti, Ebola victims in West Africa, and typhoon victims in the Philippines. The organization also responds to disasters in the U.S., with medical teams, medicines, and supplies ready to roll out on short notice. This week, Heart to Heart deployed its Mobile Medical Unit and Disaster Response Team to the areas of Florida hardest hit by Hurricane Irma. It is also operating free medical clinics in the Houston area to help those left homeless or injured by Hurricane Harvey. Besides its disaster assistance, Heart to Heart runs a “Health in the Heartland” initiative, which mobilizes local and out-of-state volunteer doctors to operate medical clinics in nine underserved locations in Missouri.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating.