Along with the novel coronavirus, the world is grappling with its social issues such as poverty, hunger, unemployment, etc., that have only heightened in the pandemic. Following the surge in Covid cases, many initiatives were put in place. These charities and NGOs ensured that those in need were provided with food, safety, shelter and care.
In trying times like these, it may be daunting to think that you might not be helping enough, simply because you can’t donate or don’t have the resources to help. This is a misconception. You can still do your bit and reach out to those in need even if you cannot donate.
There are several ways in which you can be helpful by sharing meals, donating rice and kibbles, taking quizzes, volunteering and more. Here is a list of ways you can support good causes if you cannot donate.
Quiz That Donates Free Rice, An Initiative by the UN / WFP
Freerice is a fun website and mobile application which allows its players to make a difference and get smarter, just by playing a multiple choice game. For every question you answer correctly, the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) donates ten grains of rice to change lives, support and save people around the globe. Freerice offers exciting categories of multiple-choice questions games, such as Art & Culture, Languages, Geography, History, Maths, Science, Sustainable Development Goals, etc. Their new categories include Earth Science, Current Events, Biology and more!
In this trivia game launched in 2007, payments are represented by grains of rice so, by playing Freerice, you generate the money that pays for this rice donated worldwide. Since 2010, it has had great success in raising more than 210 billion grains of rice, in cash equivalent USD 1.41 million (INR 10,48,26,450.00) for people in need. Join this educational trivia game’s community of 500,000 players from around the world and support its great initiative!
Click to Donate
The Rainforest Site by Greater Good makes an effort to preserve habitat and save wildlife. When you select its “Click to Give” link or view sponsor ads, their sponsors provide for or support the cause. You may also purchase from their store, or make a direct donation to one of the many remarkable programs they highlight and support.
The simplest way to make a difference is by hitting the “Click to Give” link. These clicks on the website’s “Click to Give” have raised the value of 175,788 acres of protected habitat.
Click here to support conservation efforts and the preservation of wildlife habitat!
Signing petitions is one of the quickest and easiest ways to help or support a good cause and trigger action. Care2 is one such community that connects activists from around the world to over 45-million like-minded individuals working towards progress and a lasting impact. It stands with humanitarians, animal lovers, feminists and “people who love to do the right thing.”
Sign Petitions on Care2 HERE.
Donate Free Kibble by Playing a Quiz
Mimi Ausland, the then eleven-year-old from Oregon, US, launched Freekibble in 2008. She wanted to feed the homeless pets at her local shelter and with that in mind, Freekibble was created.
Freekibble is an interactive site where you can answer a fun trivia question about animals and for every answer – answered correctly or incorrectly, it donates pet food to shelter animals. Since its inception, Freekibble has donated the value of over 5,276,995,868 pieces of kibble to hungry dogs and cats!
You can help positively impact the lives of animals in need and those who work so hard to take care of them by just answering a brief trivia question.
Click here to help feed and care for hungry cats and dogs in animal shelters.
Online Quizzes for Charity
BeanBeanBean is another online quiz that donates to help fight hunger each time you get a question right. The number of digital beans collected by players without an adblocker is converted into a dollar amount and donated to a charity. The variety of quizzes you can take include What Is This, Times Tables, English Vocab, World Capitals, etc.
BeanBeanBean focuses on donating to US-based food banks, natural disaster relief efforts, and other assorted charities.
Click Here to donate beans to fight hunger!
App to Donate While Running
Charity Miles is a free Android and Apple app that helps you turn a morning jog or a weekend hike into a fundraiser for a good cause. You can choose from a variety of charities after you have created an account.
Charity Miles lets you log any type of movement- you can run, walk, bike and even dance! For every mile you move, you help earn money for your choice of charity from their corporate sponsorship pool. Move for the causes you feel most passionate about and be a changemaker in any way that fits your lifestyle.
App to Share Your Meal With Hungry Underprivileged Individuals Anywhere in the World
Share The Meal, a charity app is an initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that lets you feed a hungry child for a day with USD 0.80 (INR 59.48) by a simple tap on your phone! Donations from this app support various World Food Programme operations ranging from resilience building and school feeding programmes to providing food assistance in emergencies.
ShareTheMeal is the world’s first app against global hunger and, each year, WFP reaches more than 86 million people with food assistance in around 83 countries. Ever since its launch in 2015, it has helped provide aid to some of the largest food crises in the world including Yemen, Syria and Nigeria.
Click to Give to the Hunger Site by GreaterGood
You can get involved in the fight against hunger merely by hitting on the “Click to Give” link on The Hunger Site by the GreaterGood website. When you select this link, their sponsors provide food and support for the hungry. They have already raised the value of 747,233,368 cups of food. You may use this link as many as eight times a day (once every three hours) during this pandemic.
Click to Give to the Breast Cancer Site by GreaterGood
The Breast Cancer Site by GreaterGood has successfully raised the value of 28,473 mammograms to help women who are fighting cancer. This was achieved with the help of its sponsors who fund mammograms and support for women in need when you click on the website’s free “Click to Give” link.
Click to Give to the Animal Rescue Site by GreaterGood
The sponsors of The Animal Rescue Site by GreaterGood provide food and supplies for shelter pets when visitors click on the “Click to Give” link on its website. It has so far raised 840,002,213 bowls of food.
Find Volunteering Opportunities Near You, Online as Well on Idealist
Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, as well as, locate opportunities and supporters to help make a difference. Started in 1995, it is a nonprofit organization based in New York. It helps to take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.
You can find volunteering opportunities near you on the Idealist website. In case you prefer online volunteering, it also helps you locate virtual volunteering opportunities.