If you walk or run for fitness, consider signing up for Charity Miles (www.charitymiles.org). This app matches your workout distance into fundraisers for a charity that you select from a list of available charities. It lists a number of corporate sponsors who donate money to charities based on the number of miles you and other Charity Miles app members have run or walked. Simply download the app on your smart phone, and the GPS portion of the phone tracks the distance that you walk or run. Charity Miles was begun in 2012 by a man named Gene Gurkoff. So far, over 40 million miles have been tracked through the app, resulting in more than $2.5 million donated to over 30 charities, such as the ASPCA, Stand Up to Cancer, World Wildlife Fund, and many more. The app is sponsored by major corporations like Johnson & Johnson, Humana and Chobani. If you are like me, and would like to do more good in the world, but are limited in your capability, Charity Miles gives you the opportunity to help while getting healthy. Bikers earn 10 cents per mile, walkers and runners earn 25 cents per mile. Pretty good, huh?
Going through some really old blog posts of mine (from a previous site), I rediscovered DonorsChoose.org (www.donorschoose.org). This site is an educational clearinghouse of sorts. Teachers from all over the United States post their needs. DonorsChoose lists teachers and classrooms from all over. The teachers describe their need and tell you what they hope to accomplish. This organization was started by a Bronx teacher, Charles Best in order to get books for his students to read. There is no minimum or maximum donation amount. You can give as little as $1! All donations are tax-deductible. Check it out. Education is an investment in our future.
I apologize if this post is a little disjointed. My cousin passed away unexpectedly yesterday, and I am still trying to process the news. Even though we grew up 700 miles apart, our families spent a lot of time together, and we enjoyed good times and closeness that I will always miss. Rest in peace, Mark.
“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”
Henri Frederick Amiel