How To Give Back to Your Community Without Leaving Your Couch

November 27, 2014

10:00 am

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what you’re thankful for. It is also a time to give back to your community or to support a cause that you care about. You can volunteer at your local homeless shelter or even help out a family in need. But for some people, organizing the time to help a charity can be challenging. Thanks to technology, you can now give back to your favorite cause from the comfort of your couch.

Here are some apps you can use to give back:


GiveMob spotlights a different nonprofit organization every day, helping users make charitable contributions of $5 or $10 via text-to-donate. Organizations showcased on the app span a number of charitable causes and are domestic and international in focus. The app also encourages users to share their favorite campaigns with their network through social media.


2. Feedie

Feedie is an app by The Lunchbox Fund that transforms your passion for sharing food photos into actually sharing food with those who need it. Users just need to sign up using Facebook or Twitter and visit a participating restaurant.
Use Feedie to take a photo of your meal and post it, and then the restaurant makes a donation to The Lunchbox Fund—a non-profit organization that provides daily meals to schoolchildren in South Africa.

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3. Instead

Instead is an app that reminds you to give small donations that make a big impact. Suggesting increments of $3 or $5, instead will inspire you to give back, without the breaking the bank. The app writes motivational messages, pointing out that drinking water instead of a beverage today will save enough money to provide somebody clean water for a year.

4. HandUp

HandUp is direct giving for homeless people and others in need in your neighborhood. Your donations are redeemed for basic needs like food, clothing, and medical care through our partner organizations.

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5. Tab for a Cause

Tab For A Cause  will take your browser’s blank canvases and transform them into a way to donate to charity. Each time you click “new tab” in Chrome or Firefox, the site populates a page with blogs about a certain cause.  So far, 3,000 people have used the app, and Tab For a Cause has donated about $4,000 to charities.

6. iCukoo

iCukoo is an alarm clock that lets you donate to your favorite charity as you press snooze. It incorporates donating into your daily routine whilst getting you up in the morning. You set the iCukoo alarm, select your favorite charity and decide how much each snooze is worth. As you snooze, the apps takes note and donates to the charity.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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