Using Your Phone for the Greater Good

By: Gina Mason

Just ask Apple….”There’s an app for that”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szrsfeyLzyg

For those of you who are interested in helping others, but have a limited amount of time to get involved…”there’s an app for that.” No really, I’m not kidding there are now MANY apps for just that.  

As you all know, technology have evolved rapidly over the last couple years. To keep up with the technology-driven/phone-obsessed times, some app developers had a brilliant idea to make donating or helping a cause literally as easy as picking up your phone (as if it wasn’t basically glued to your hand already). Now, instead of browsing aimlessly on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you can now donate directly to a great cause in a matter of seconds. No matter your time, economic situation or wireless carrier, there is an app to give back for everyone.

Here a few great apps that make giving back simple and rewarding.

Donate a Photo

For those of you who love to take “selfies” or post scenic photos on Instagram, Donate a Photo is a great app for you. Johnson & Johnson created this app in “hopes to raise more awareness for the causes that need help and connect people to nonprofits, helping everyone make an even bigger difference.” For each photo that you send, Johnson & Johnson will donate one dollar to one of 16 trusted charities. Some of the causes include Operation Smile, Keep America Beautiful, American Academy of Pediatrics, Sight for Kids, World Wildlife Fund, Save the Children and Safe Kids Worldwide, to name a few.  As of right now, there have been 135, 728 photos donated toward a number of causes and the impact has been incredible (40,000 mothers help moms keep their babies HIV-free, 9,000 children have been protected from bullying, 14 public parks have been restored). Users can donate up to one photo a day to the cause of their choice. The photos are only used by Johnson & Johnson to raise awareness and inspire others. For those of you who are weary of sending in photos, there is an option to keep your photos private and Johnson & Johnson promises that the photos will not be used for any commercial purposes.

For more information, visit:  http://www.donateaphoto.com

Charity Miles

If getting in better shape and helping others was on your New Year’s resolution for 2014, then Charity Miles is the perfect app for you. Not only does Charity Miles track your running/biking/exercise progress, but it also donates 10 cents per mile for bikers and 25 cents per mile for runners/walkers toward one of their trusted charities. What better what to stay motivated than to know that each mile you walk/run or bike makes the world a better place? Some of the charities include Autism Speaks, Feeding America, Wounded Warrior Project and Stand Up to Cancer, to name a few. All you have to do is download the app and get moving. The best part of the app is that it doesn’t cost you anything to participate (except calories). All of the money that is donated to the charities comes from directly from participating corporate sponsors who pledge per mile.  So get out there to get healthy and make someone happy!

For more information, visit: www.charitymiles.com

Instead

Starbucks addicts beware! I know suggesting to give up your daily cup of coffee may be shocking at first, but what if I said it was for a good cause? Although three dollars doesn’t seem like much at the time, it can make a huge difference to a charity. The minds behind Instead created an app that encourages users to make micro-donations to a charity of choice by decreasing consumption. The app suggests that users make simple trade-offs (by conserving a cup of coffee or sandwich) and donating that small amount you would have spent it to a worthy cause instead. There are three to five dollar increments in which you can donate and the app has great reminders of how a seemingly small amount can make such a big impact for others. One example from the app is to, “drink water three times [instead of buying bottled water] and provide clean water for three years.”

For more information, visit: www.instead.com

Volunteer Match

If you are looking to physically volunteer your time but don’t know where to start, download the volunteer match app to find an organization that needs you help. Volunteer Match is an incredible organization that connects people who are willing to help to nonprofits that are looking for volunteers. You can search the volunteer opportunities by your specific interests and learn more about the charities in your region all through your phone. With over 96,000 participating organizations in the US, there are volunteer opportunities for everyone, everywhere. Since Volunteer Match’s inception in 1998, they have referred over seven million people to charities.

For more information, visit: www.volunteermatch.org/volunteers/services/iphoneapp.jsp

Here at indra public relations, we are advocates for getting involved with nonprofit organizations. Whether you are donating time or money, every little bit counts and will make a difference. If we can all come to together for the greater good then the world can be a much better place.

We welcome any and all comments. As always, if you like what you read be social and share.

 

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