Think Food For The Poor (FFP) and disaster relief immediately springs to mind.
In recent years, the 30-year-old organisation has added the focus of education and the chairman of FFP Jamaica, Andrew Mahfood, explained the push.
"By emphasising education, we are also emphasising sustainability," he said.
"We want to take our service to this cohort of our population, to even greater heights and renewed intensity," Mahfood said.
In 2013, over 300 students across the island benefited from J$5 million in back-to-school grants. In June 2012, the organisation also undertook to build 50 basic schools in 50 months. So far, they have succeeded in completing 17 schools, Bannister Basic School in St Catherine, being one of the latest. It was opened on Thursday, October 31.
St Margaret's Real Success Basic School, located on Wildman Street, in central Kingston, was the first school to be completed.
Principal of the institution, Merna Jackson, noted that the school's building was dilapidated for years, which hampered the children's learning.
"When it rained, the building would flood, and not only that, the walls, windows and doors kept falling apart randomly," she said.
The new building, dedicated in September 2012, is structurally sound and brightly painted.
"This provides an ambience to promote holistic development for the children," she said. "Four children can sit around one desk comfortably, and this kind of seating promotes group working."
She said this was important as it helped build children socially and taught leadership qualities and language skills.
Last month, FFP launched its 30th anniversary school-furniture campaign, asking for donations to help purchase 15,000 student desks and chairs to address a chronic shortage of furniture.
The charitable organisation last year distributed J$1.3 billion worth of school furniture and supplies and close to 40 schools have received help this year.
"The truth is, in our 30 years, FFP has basically been flying solo in raising funds to purchase school furniture," he said. "We want to change that."
Over 4,200 schools benefit from FFP school-feeding programmes and the organisation also continues sponsoring 21 children's homes under the Angels of Hope Programme, which caters to approximately 1,000 children.
Since 2006, FFP has improved sanitation in a total of 62 schools. Of the latest initiative, Mahfood said each desk and chair set costs US$20 (approximately J$2,000). A 40-foot container can carry 1,100 desks and chairs, so they are seeking US$22,000 at a time.
"And US$22,000 is not a lot of money for some of our great private-sector organisations, the great foundations of these organisations, and our civil and other entities," he said.
Persons can make donations on line at: foodforthepoor.org/schoolfurniture. Persons may also send their commitments to firstname.lastname@example.org and deposit their donations to NCB St Jago Shopping Centre branch, account number47-1043885. Those wishing to make US dollar donations should lodge to the NCB St Jago Shopping Centre branch, Account Number 47-4335267.