Easy Ways To Make A Difference: Spin to Donate $1 to Save The Children

Here is an easy way to make a difference that will only take a couple of seconds. Frigidaire is having a Make Time For Change spin contest and they will donate $1 to Save the Children when you spin. Easy as that.

Get Paid $25 To Do Good

Now here is something that you can scream far and wide to all your friends and they will love you for it. Not only are you helping a great cause, you end up getting paid $25 to do it for about 5 minutes work. How can you beat something like that?

If you haven’t done so already and you live in the US, you can get a free $25 Kiva gift certificate (the $25 will eventually become yours to do with as you want, so you are actually getting paid $25 to do good) to make a microloan of your own to any entrepreneur on the Kiva site.

Think MTV and Kiva have teamed up to make this special offer. You need to do the following steps to qualify:

1. Create a Think.mtv.com account (it takes less than 5 minutes)

2. Once you have created and confirmed your account, go to Kiva’s profile

3. Click the green “Support this Organization” button in the top left hand box on the page. If you scroll down, you can also learn a little more about this offer.

4. Wait. You will receive a message in your Think MTV Inbox (not your email, so don’t forget) within 1-3 business days in about a week (confirmed that this offer is still valid). The email will contain the $25 Kiva certificate and explain how to redeem it to give a loan to the entrepreneur of your choice.

5. Comment here. Let us know that you received the certificate and who you made a loan to in the comments so we can add another 10 cents to fund a microloan.

Once you make the microloan, it will be paid back over the period of time indicated on the loan (usually between 4 and 18 months). Once it has been paid back you can decide whether to keep the $25 and move it to your bank account or reloan it to another Kiva entrepreneur.

If you enjoyed this post and would like to learn about other ways you can help others without spending a lot of time or money of your own, please consider signing up for free updates which will add another 25 cents toward a microloan. Thank you to all that have told friends or family and I hope that you will continue to do so. It’s greatly appreciated.

**Special thanks to Ron who pointed out this offer in the comments**

What You Can Do In Under 5 Minutes

In the last 4 minutes and 38 seconds before writing this post I was able to do the following without it costing me a cent:

  • I offset 1 pound of carbon emissions or roughly the equivalent amount to taking hot shower.
  • I saved 7.4 sq. ft. of American Prairie.
  • I helped to fund the airing of a public service announcement protesting Canada’s baby seal hunt.
  • I generated a donation to help save our oceans.
  • I helped support 11,314.29 sq.ft of Jaguar habitat.
  • I donated enough to feed an orange to a hungry primate.
  • I donated enough to fund 41 minutes to provide a child with medical care and education for 30 days.
  • I helped prevent one litter of unwanted kittens.
  • I helped generate 3 letters of support to stop violence against women.
  • I helped to eliminate environmental causes of breast cancer.
  • I gave the value of 1.1 cups of food to the hungry.
  • I helped fund a free mammogram to help a woman in need.
  • I helped fund healthcare for a child in need.
  • I helped fund the tools needed to attain literacy for a child in need.
  • I helped protect 11.4 square feet of rainforest.
  • I gave the value of .6 bowls of food to rescued animals.
  • I gave 10 pieces of kibble to a dog in an animal shelter.
  • I gave 10 pieces of kibble to a cat in an animal shelter.
  • I gave 20 grains of rice to help feed the poor.
  • I gave 10 cents to help fund a microloan.

Don’t believe me? Here is how I did it and how you can do it too. Feel free to get out your stop watch because I bet you can probably do it even quicker than I did if you want.

1. Go to the Care2.com free click to donate global warming and click the “reduce 1 pound of carbon” button. Once finished, click on the tab for “rainforest” above. Click through and then move onto the other tabs: seals, oceans, big cats, primates, children, pets, stop violence and breast cancer.

2. Go to the The Hunger Site and click the “click here to give – it’s free” button. Once finished, click on the tab for “breast cancer” above. Click through and then move onto the other tabs: child health, literacy, rainforest and animal rescue.

3. Go to Free Kibble and answer the question. When finished, click the “click here to feed cats too!” link and answer that question as well.

4. Go to Free Rice and answer a question (you must get it correct — you can also stay longer and donate a whole lot more rice if you have extra time as well).

5. Come back here and leave a comment as to how long it took you to make all the free donations.

If you can complete those 5 steps, then you will have given similar amounts as I have listed above and the entire process should take somewhere about 5 minutes to complete. Pretty darn good way to spend five minutes when you have the free time.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider signing up for the rss feed which will add another 25 cents toward a microloan. Also feel free to spread the word and tell friends or family who you believe may also enjoy this blog. It’s greatly appreciated.

Give to Fund the Fight Against Breast Cancer

breastcancersiteHere’s an oldie but goody that you may have forgotten about. By simply clicking on a button, you can help fund mammograms for women that aren’t able to afford them at The Breast Cancer Site.

When you click on the button, a host of sponsors will appear and the 100% of the amount they paid will go toward funding the mammograms. It’s a simple click that takes less than 5 seconds so the only reason not to do it is because you forget.

When you have a free few seconds (like now), go to The Breast Cancer Site and click on the button. In the time it takes for you to click a mouse, you will have done good for the day and you can’t beat that. Once you have, feel free to come back here and leave a comment about what you think of these click sites or your thoughts about breast cancer. Each comment will add 10 cents to the growing total for microloans we fund.

I truly appreciate that you felt it was worth the time to visit my blog and do good today. If you enjoy this blog, please sign up for the rss feed which will add another 25 cents toward a microloan. Also feel free to spread the word and tell friends or family who may also enjoy it.

Use Your Computer’s Idle Time To Do Good

boincThere are probably times when you leave your computer for some reason, but believe you are going to be back quickly and decide it’s not worth the time or effort to turn it off. When you return, you probably find your screen saver running.

If someone told you that you could use your computer’s idle time to do good such as cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars or do other types of scientific research, would you? That is exactly what Boinc projects allow you to do.

Basically, there are certain things in science that need huge amounts of computing power to solve and that can cost tremendous amounts of money. The idea of using the unused computing power of regular computers helps solve this issue. While each computer would be doing very small calculations, with thousands upon thousands of computers all doing it together, huge calculations can be rendered without the cost of a super computer.

There are 25 current projects to choose from and you can help out on multiple projects if you want. I personal have my computer set to help out on the malaria control, SETI space and climate prediction projects, but there are also many other worthy projects on the list. All you need to do is download the Boinc software to your computer (takes a few minutes) and once it has been installed and is running, it allows you to choose the projects you want to help out with.

When you have a few free minutes, download the Boinc software and set up your computer to help out when it has spare resources to give. Then leave a comment to let us know which of the projects you chose, what you think about the entire project or any questions you might have about it. Of course, each comment also adds 10 cents to the microloans being funded here.

If you enjoyed this post or the blog in general, please sign up for the rss feed (and add another 25 cents toward a microloan) and take the time to tell others who may also enjoy it – doing good is something that anyone can do for little to no money and the more that are willing to participate, the faster we can fund these microloans.

Give the Wonder of Your Favorite Books

bookcrossingI’m sure that most of you reading this have a bookshelf at home with books that have been sitting there not touched for over a year. Instead of keeping them cooped up in your house, set them free so that others can read and share the same wonders that you found in the books.

The concept is quite easy. You simply register the book at the Book Crossings website and then leave the book someplace where another person can find it. As the site says:

Leave it on a park bench, a coffee shop, at a hotel on vacation. Share it with a friend or tuck it onto a bookshelf at the gym — anywhere it might find a new reader! What happens next is up to fate, and we never know where our books might travel. Track the book’s journey around the world as it is passed on from person to person.

When someone finds the book, they can enter in the Book Crossing ID to learn about the history of where the book has been and add to it if they wish. Book Crossings currently has over 700,000 members and over 5 million books registered.

There have been so many times when I have been in a situation where I was stuck trying to figure out the correct thing for me to do when I have picked up a book and it has helped to crystalize the points that had previously all been a jumble. No matter what the book, when you read one you almost always take something new and positive away from it.

When you have a few minutes of free time, choose at least one book from your bookshelf, register it at Book Crossings and then set it free to the world. After choosing, let us know what book(s) you chose, if there was any particular reason that you chose that book and where you plan to leave it — then you can also comment here as the book makes its way from person to person. Of course, ever comment also adds 10 cents to help fund another microloan.

If you enjoyed this post or the blog in general, please sign up for the rss feed (and add another 25 cents toward a microloan) and take the time to tell others who may also enjoy it – doing good is something that anyone can do for little to no money and the more that are willing to participate, the faster we can fund these microloans.

Give Free Rice

Help end world hungerI’m guessing that most of you are aware, or at least have heard, of the Free Rice website — but it’s certainly worth mentioning here as an easy way to do good that doesn’t cost you a dime. Basically, you are given a vocabulary word and four possible meanings to choose from. If you click on the correct meaning, 20 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program. You can play as many times as you want and the more answers you get correct, the more difficult the vocabulary questions become.

The site has become so popular that it has actually expanded beyond vocabulary and now there are numerous quizzes you can take to give free rice. These include Famous Paintings, Chemical Symbols, English Grammar, English Vocabulary, Identifying Countries on the Map, World Capitals, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Basic Math (Pre-Algebra) and Multiplication Table. There should be something that can grab your interest while you help feed those less fortunate than yourself.

The site gives away over 100 million grains of rice most days and has given away over 56 billion grains since the site was started. It is a great way to waste 15 minutes or whenever you have a bit of free time.

When you have a chance, go to Free Rice and see how many vocabulary words you can get correctly in a row. I just managed 56 which donated over 1000 grains of rice (it doesn’t matter if it’s only one — that’s 20 free grains of rice that will go to feed someone). When your finished, come back here and leave a comment on how many in a row you were able to do, the concept about free rice or anything else about helping stop hunger. Each comment will add 10 cents to fund a microloan.

If you enjoyed this post or the blog in general, please take the time to tell others that may also enjoy it – it’s most appreciated and the more people comment and enjoy doing good, the faster we can fund these microloans.

Give Free Kibble for Dogs


FreeKibble.com
Doing good isn’t limited to other people. With the current economic mess we’re in these days, one of the biggest sufferers are the pets. People that lose their jobs can’t afford to keep their pet or lose their house and have no place to keep their pet. Many of these pets end up being abandoned and find themselves in local animal shelters.

You can help feed some of these dogs by visiting the site Free Kibble where you are given a daily question. It doesn’t matter if you answer the question correctly or not, you will donate 10 pieces of kibble to a animal shelter just by trying to answer. They have already donated over 66 million pieces of kibble, but the shelters could always use more and they have sponsors that are willing to donate as much as everyone can generate.

Simply follow the link to Free Kibble and try answering the question. If you like the idea, bookmark the page so you can go back and help out on a daily basis and pass it on to your friends so more people can help out. When you’re finished, come back here and leave your thoughts on the website, the issue of pets being abandoned in hard economic times or pets in general. Each comment will add another 10 cents toward a microloan.

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