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Alison Lee

We’re Happy to Help

3 Apps That Support Charity   

Doing good just got easier.  Here are three great apps on the iTunes market that allow you to go about your daily lives while donating proceeds to various charities.  All you have to do is simply download them!

1) Charity Miles

It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete or not.  If you can walk, you’re good to go.  By opening the app, you automatically become sponsored by one of the many charities that has partnered with Charity Miles.  With the support from Habitat for Humanity, DoSomething.org, UN Foundation’s Girl Up, and a myriad of other organizations, Charity Miles has grown to be a million dollar sponsorship tool that tracks the distance you walk, run, or bike, and donates the earnings to the charity of your choice.  By going about your life with the simple addition of this app, you can help build up someone else’s.  I don’t think there’s a better motivation out there for exercising.

2) Donate-A-Photo

In my opinion, there are two kinds of people in this world: the people who are outwardly public about their love for Instagram, and those who lie about their love for Instagram.  Donate-A-Photo—lucky for us—is another platform on which users can upload and share their photos, but also raises $1 for each photo uploaded.   Johnson & Johnson donates a dollar to a cause you want to support, whether it’s helping a girl in Liberia go back to school or providing an eye exam for a child.  So go ahead and feel good about snapping away those selfies! Just make sure you’re uploading them to Donate-A-Photo.

3) Feedie

Do you eat? Do you snap pictures of your food? Well, great! All foodies are welcome to check into a “Feedie Welcome” restaurant, take a photo of a meal, and share it on the app for the participating restaurant to make a donation to the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing meals for the impoverished.

It’s no doubt that technology and social media have unlocked a new era for global engagement.  The existence of these simple apps allows us to have so many more opportunities to be actively engaged in volunteerism.  It doesn’t matter if it’s half a mile that you log, or twenty photos that you share.  It’s the active and reoccurring thought to remember the importance of giving back, no matter how big or small the contribution.

Happy app-ing!

– Alison Lee



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