Charity begins at home, but in the age of Internet and mobile technologies, it begins right on your smartphone. I recently came across a few apps that are catering to social responsibility in many ways. From helping collect donations to assisting in locating volunteers, these apps are a vital tool in promoting social causes and in helping people do good for their societies.
Touch To Give is an iPhone app that lets you make a free donation to your favorite causes simply through a touch. Developed by GreaterGood Network, the app allows you to help in providing hunger relief, funding breast cancer research, and feeding sheltered animals. The user simply has to tap a button on the app once a day to support the causes.
The app donates 100 percent of the revenue from sponsors’ ads to the causes. To help the causes further, users can share the app with others over social networks to encourage more people to use it.
Touch To Give is freely available to download on the iTunes App Store.
Volunteering and community service is a great way to fulfill your social responsibility. With the All for Good mobile app, you can find and participate in service opportunities near you.
The Android app allows you to search for opportunities posted by local and national organizations and find those that fit your time and match your interests. With over 150,000 service opportunities, All for Good is the largest database of its kind.
If you are part of a nonprofit organization and are looking for volunteers, you can also post your opportunity on All for Good’s Website.
This app is targeted primarily at a US audience, but it does allow postings of opportunities in other parts of the world.
Ever wondered if you could do something useful in the little time slots you get while sitting at the airport, commuting to work, waiting at the dentist, or being stuck in traffic? Sparked gives you a chance to “microvolunteer” through its app by performing tasks posted by nonprofit organizations.
The app lets you choose from a variety of tasks that you can perform instantly on your smartphone. It caters to a range of causes, including the environment, poverty, animals, civil rights, health, and even religion. There’s a broad spectrum of skills users can have to volunteer, including designing, marketing, research, blogging, fundraising, and copywriting.
Nonprofit organizations can put up challenges to attract volunteers. Sparked even engages corporations to collaborate through employee volunteering programs.
With a network of thousands of volunteers and hundreds of challenges posted each day, Sparked has certainly utilized the power of crowdsourcing in a highly effective way.
Smartphone apps like these are certainly ingenious ways of doing social good and have given a new meaning to charity. Using these apps just might make the world around us a better place.
— Taimoor Zubair works as a software engineer at a leading BPO solutions company in Pakistan.