The political thread mentioned something interesting regarding funding and volunteering at soup kitchens and charities. We volunteer at least once a year at a local soup kitchen that is run by our church. As for donations, I had sent contributions to the united way in the past, but once I looked into some of the organizations that they distribute money to, I realized that it was in conflict with my religious beliefs, so now I donate directly to individual organizations that believe what I believe.
What about you? Do you volunteer time, money, or both? How do you decide where to donate?