For over 32 years, Thomas Allen Disselkamp has served as an electrical engineer and product development specialist at 3M Company in Minnesota. In addition to volunteer work at an Animal Humane Society facility, Tom Disselkamp sponsors two children outside of the United States through the nonprofit group Unbound.
Unbound, formerly known as the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, is a sponsorship-driven humanitarian organization that serves impoverished youth and elderly populations in over 21 nations worldwide. Founded in 1981 and based in Kansas City, Missouri, Unbound delivers food, clean water, clothing, school supplies, and medical assistance to people living in extreme poverty, regardless of their religious background or affiliations.
Unbound operates on the basis of private donations. Over the years, it has developed a global network of almost 270,000 sponsors, both individuals and organizations, whose support ($30 per month) enables Unbound to assist nearly 300,000 children and elderly people. Charity Navigator gives Unbound a 4-star rating, and it is endorsed by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. Roughly 94 percent of all sponsor contributions go toward program services abroad.
Thomas Disselkamp finds this particularly rewarding because he gets to know the recipients of his sponsorship more personally through written correspondence and photos.