The Gift of Time
Apps that make volunteering easier
April is National Volunteer Month, a designation created to honor those who donate their time and to encourage others to do the same. But even if you’re inspired to get out there and help your community, finding opportunities that fit your lifestyle, schedule and passions is not always simple. Which is why we put together the below list of apps and tools that can help make giving back easier. Whether you’re building your community-service resume or looking for positive bonding time with friends, these apps will steer you in the right direction.
Micro-Volunteering: Be My Eyes
You can make a big difference in a matter of minutes using Be My Eyes. The app connects the visually impaired with a network for more than 490,000 volunteers worldwide who read aloud labels, describe pictures and more. Be My Eyes uses live video chat so there’s the added bonus of providing real time, one-on-one assistance. And there’s flexibility: you can sign on whenever you have a free moment and are available.
Action as Currency: Give2Charity
Give2Charity flips the notion of volunteering on its head: Rather than donating your time to a specific charity, the app asks you to take a series of surveys based on your location to earn points. Those points are then converted into monthly cash donations to 10 charities tackling issues like homelessness, hunger and childhood diseases.
Nationwide Network: Reward Volunteers
Reward Volunteers helps you find service opportunities in your area, connect with other volunteers and track your service hours. There’s also the chance to win prizes each month based on the number of hours you’ve logged.
Selfies as Service: Donate a Photo
Share your selfies and usies on social to raise money for your favorite nonprofit. For every selfie you submit through its Donate a Photo app, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to the nonprofit of your choice.
Now that you know where to start, share your National Volunteer Month pics with us using #TheBridgeATT. We’d love to see how you’re giving back.