These days, almost everyone owns a smartphone. So why not utilise the piece of technology you have in your pocket and support a good cause?
Perhaps you would love to give back to charity but don’t have the time or money to give up. Luckily, with the technology of today, you don’t need either of those things. We have rounded up the six best apps which support charity and help make giving back to the community easier than ever before.
Donate a Photo:
Our smartphones are used on a daily basis to take multiple snaps. Fortunately, Johnson & Johnson have created an app which turns that action into a charitable do-gooding. Perhaps one of our favourite charitable apps, Donate a Photo allows you to simply upload a picture and Johnson & Johnson will reward you with a $1 donation to a charity of your choice, and there’s plenty of charities to choose from. Pretty neat huh? Since it’s launch in 2013, a total of 4.19M photos have been donated. So what are you waiting for! Get snapping and donate to a charity.
Best bit: Each photo you upload will earn you a donation and help to inspire others to share their own memories, and best of all it’s free.
Thinking of You:
Have you ever wanted to donate to a charity but had no cash on you? Well, Thinking of You combines strength of thought with ease of mobile donation. In an increasingly busy and cashless society, it can sometimes be hard to donate to charity. Working alongside the best charities and supported by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), the app is the social donation network. Thinking of you allows you to donate to a good cause on behalf of friends, create fundraising events and ‘in memory of’ campaigns or simply ‘direct donate’ to your favourite charity, all through a few easy clicks on your smartphone.
Best bit: The app combines the act of giving and strength of the words ‘Thinking of You’ in a thoughtful and quick way. Oh, and it’s free to download!
Be My Eyes:
By capturing the power of technology, Be My Eyes was designed to help individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The app effectively uses the camera on your smartphone to assist people with poor or no vision with everyday tasks. These tasks range from checking if the lights are on to helping with a website that is not accessible to a blind individual. The app works by pairing a sighted volunteer with a blind or low-vision user through a video call. Be My Eyes will notify volunteers of a call all depending on their language and timezone. If they are free to answer, individuals will then be able to communicate through audio connection and a live video feed.
Best bit: The app connects sighted volunteers with blind or low-vision individuals who need visual assistance. It is free and is offered in more than 180 different languages.
Simply by using your smartphone, you can help to support dementia research. GameChanger is a research project led by the University of Oxford and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. More than 520,000 people in the UK have dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease and this figure is set to rise. All you need to do is play fun, free brain games for 5 minutes every day for a month! To join GameChanger, simply complete the registration form found on their website and download the Mezurio smartphone app. So what are you waiting for, why not use your smartphone to help make a difference to the field of dementia research.
Best bit: It allows you to support research which could prevent, slow down, or even stop the progression of dementia. All through playing fun, free ‘brain games’ for five minutes each day for a month.
Share The Meal:
The United Nations World Food Programme created ShareTheMeal, an app with the initiative to help address world hunger. The app allows you to simply tap on your smartphone to ‘Share The Meal’ and donate $0.50 – which is what it costs to feed a child for one day. ShareTheMeal is full of fun, community-based features which give you the option to join a team, take on various fundraising challenges or take part in The Table, of where you can donate and learn more about a family in need. You can even use ShareTheMeal’s Camera Giving highlight to spread the word and add a #ShareTheMeal filter to snaps of your food.
Best bit: ShareTheMeal is packed with fun, community-focused features whilst allowing you to make small donations to help fight world hunger.
Make your movements count with Charity Miles. For every mile you walk/run/or move, you can help to earn money for a charity of your choice from the apps corporate sponsorship pool. The app allows you to log all types of movement, including running and walking to dancing and biking. The longer or farther you move, the bigger the donation: so amp up the intensity of your workout! Some of the charities you can choose from include Stand Up To Cancer, Alzheimer’s Association, WWF, Save The Children and Autism Speaks.
Best bit: Corporate companies make the donations on your behalf and allows you to get fit whilst helping to earn money for your chosen charity. Oh, and it’s free!
We hope our list of the best charity apps will help you to easily and quickly give back to the community. In a society that is glued to our smartphones, we often forget that these pieces of technology can also be integrated with our love for supporting good causes.
Are there any charitable apps you’ve come across that aren’t on our list?