Using smart phone apps for social good is an easy way to give back to nonprofits and to make a difference. Here are 10 apps for social good: Donate a Photo Add a photo each day using this app and Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to a cause of your choice. Some examples of… [Continue Reading]

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This is a sponsored post by Seventh Generation. All opinions are my own. We are bombarded with toxins, poisonous substances, in our homes, in our water, in the air and in the products we use every day. Seventh Generation is working to reform a law will protect us against toxins. Along with this brand we… [Continue Reading]

Fight Toxins

Those of us who write about social good on our blogs or share on social media want others to take part in this effort. We also want to help out causes that are important to us. I have found websites for social good that help you achieve this purpose. Causes – Share and discover social… [Continue Reading]

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I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating. Kohl’s Spring Fashion is here. As well as waiting for weather and season change, I’m waiting to update my clothing. Kohl’s is my go-to store for fashion. I love their large… [Continue Reading]

Kohl's Spring Fashion

Walking through the mall one day I was greeted by a woman in a white dress and big black bow tie. Holding out a tray of chocolate treats to tantalize me. It worked. I mean I stop for free chocolate but I was in for a surprise. This was no ordinary food of the gods.… [Continue Reading]

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10 Apps for Social Good #socialgood

Using smart phone apps for social good is an easy way to give back to nonprofits and to make a difference. Here are 10 apps for social good:

apps for social good

  1. Donate a Photo Add a photo each day using this app and Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to a cause of your choice. Some examples of the nonprofits are Shot Life, Save the Children and Water.org. You can take a photo or use one from your camera roll. This is such a simple way to help others. (iPhone and Android)
  2. Charity Miles This is one of the most popular social good apps as it has won the SXSW Dewey Wilburne Interactive Award and is in the running for a Webby Award. You choose a nonprofit, turn on the app and run, walk, ride a bike or even go roller skating. Using the built in GPS on your phone, Charity Miles measures how far you’ve gone. Donations are 25 cents per mile for walking or running and 10 cents for biking. (iPhone and Android)
  3. Feedie Take and share photos of food to donate one meal to the Lunchbox Fund. The problems with this app is that you have to dine at participating restaurants of which there are very few and you have to take the time to share on Foursquare, Twitter, etc.  (iPhone only)
  4. Instead  Do something such as packing a lunch instead of dining out or brewing your own coffee instead of buying a cup. With each action, you can make donation to a charity of your choice based on what you’ve given up (iPhone and Android)
  5. One Today  Learn about nonprofits through this app. Make a $1 donation per day to the featured charity. Share your favorite nonprofits’ project on social media channels with the purpose of bringing attention and bringing in more donations. No need to donate daily. It’s your choice. (Android only)
  6. Give a Heart to Charity Another app where you can make a donation to a nonprofit of your choice, which are listed by category. Want to earn money to donate, play the Hearts game. There are not many nonprofits included, but you can email a suggestion directly from the app. (iPhone and Android)
  7. Shoparoo A fundraising app, designate a school and take a photo of a grocery store receipt. Depending on the amount you’ve spent Shoparoo donates money to your school. Schools do need to sign up to collect funds. This can also be used for some nonprofits. (iPhone and Android
  8. Transfair USA Fair Trade Finder App Allows you to find and share fair trade products. Unfortunately there are very negative reviews for this app. Perhaps we can get in touch with the developers to fix the bugs in this app. (Android)
  9. Power Sleep App  Set your alarm while you sleep and donate data to the Samsung Austria and the University of Vienna’s Faculty of Life Sciences. They use it to research Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. (Android)
  10. Mobile Giving Foundation  Although not an app, this organization assists nonprofits to accept donations via smartphones. They are actually”a link between a charitable giving campaign, the wireless industry and the 280 million wireless users in the US.” On their website, you can find a long list of nonprofits, their keywords and codes to make donations via text.

Social good apps are a way to help nonprofits by making donations and bringing awareness to their causes. Websites for social good work as well.

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Fight Toxins with Seventh Generation #FightToxins

This is a sponsored post by Seventh Generation. All opinions are my own.

We are bombarded with toxins, poisonous substances, in our homes, in our water, in the air and in the products we use every day. Seventh Generation is working to reform a law will protect us against toxins. Along with this brand we can get involved with their work to fight toxins.

Seventh Generation is a green company whose products are environmentally safe, are made with plant based ingredients and are never tested on animals. They foster a community to influence customers and other brands to be kind to the earth and to people. Their work to reform Toxic Substances Control Act, the Toxin Freedom Fighters is a perfect example of Seventh Generation’s mission.

Fight Toxins

The TSCA was passed in 1976 but has never been updated. Even though we can agree that toxins are dangerous to our health and to our environment, this “broken law” allows chemicals to be used and abused. Even the Environmental Protection Agency can do almost nothing to stop this, whether these toxins are known to cause cancer for example. Testing for the safety of chemicals and disclosure of toxins are other issues that are left unenforceable.

Seventh Generation is working to reform the TSCA with a goal of 100, 00 signatures on their petition. I have already signed it because of what I’ve learned from Seventh Generation and from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Fight Toxins

As a young person, I wasn’t aware of how toxins affected me. I knew a bit about pollution because of Earth Day. During my first pregnancy, about 28 years ago I only knew that I couldn’t drink alcohol, smoke or do drugs. Later on I began to learn more about chemicals in food. The first I can remember is one of the red dyes. But when my daughter was born 15 years ago more information was being reported. Some plastic toys and bottles contained BPA, laundry detergents contained numerous toxins (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) and pesticides were dangerous to our health.

I worry about the future of my daughters and my grandson. What harm have toxins already done to them? What will continue to happen to the earth because of the use of dangerous toxins? I don’t know, but I want a way to stop the damage and to allow people to make decisions based on knowledge they have a right to know.

Reforming the Toxics Substance Control Act will help fight toxins. Won’t you help? Educate others, sign and share the petition and stay updated.

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18 Websites for Social Good #socialgood

Those of us who write about social good on our blogs or share on social media want others to take part in this effort. We also want to help out causes that are important to us. I have found websites for social good that help you achieve this purpose. Causes – Share and discover social […]

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I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating. Kohl’s Spring Fashion is here. As well as waiting for weather and season change, I’m waiting to update my clothing. Kohl’s is my go-to store for fashion. I love their large […]

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Walking through the mall one day I was greeted by a woman in a white dress and big black bow tie. Holding out a tray of chocolate treats to tantalize me. It worked. I mean I stop for free chocolate but I was in for a surprise. This was no ordinary food of the gods. […]

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