Howdy and Happy Tuesday! I know you all have big hearts, but not always enough time to give back to your community as you might like. Fortunately, there are TONS of businesses and organizations that make giving back a whole lot easier. Today I’m sharing five super easy and awesome ways that you can make the world a better place right meow. Check ’em out below and share other favorites in the comments.
1. Sign up to be an organ donor. If you live in the US, you can sign up to be an organ donor right here. According to the website, you could save up to eight lives! I just signed up — join me!
2. Need glasses? Buy one, give one.
Smart Buy Glasses has a really neat program where they donate glasses to people in need for each pair sold. They work with several non-profit partners around the globe to provide people in Ghana, Indonesia, and other countries with the gift of sight. So far, they’ve sent over 2 million dollars worth of glasses to people with impaired vision. They also sell just about any glasses and sunglasses you can imagine (including popular brands), so if you’re looking for new shades, why wouldn’t you buy them from a company that is making a difference? 😉
3. Loan money to people around the world. Kiva is an awesome organization where people in need can sign up to receive loans in order to achieve their dreams. These borrowers are all varied, from people who need help starting a farm to others who can’t afford to restock their shops. You can loan as little as $5 and there’s almost a 99% reimbursement rate, so you’ll most likely get your money back (to fund other projects, of course!). 🙂
4. Like to exercise? Now you can donate to charity while you do it!
There’s a really neat app called Charity Miles which tracks your distance as you run or bike and donates money to a charity of your choice for each mile you complete. It’s that simple — no money out of your pocket, just plain ol’ giving back. Hows that for motivation to get your exercise on?
5. Need a bag? Check out Better Life Bags. I love when organizations help people learn skills to become self-sufficient. Better Life Bags does just that. Hailing from Detroit, they employ women (mostly first-generation immigrants) who otherwise couldn’t get jobs and pay them fair living wages to make their products. They also teach sewing to a group of women (from Bangladesh), to help them learn skills so that they can get jobs, too. How awesome is that?
Have you heard of these ways to give back? Are there any others out there that you love? Share ’em below!
p.s. There are only THREE spots left for the OC Blogger Brunch happening in a couple weeks. All of our profits from the event will go to charity, so you’ll be giving back just by being there! 🙂