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Giving Back without Breaking the Bank

Dr. Seuss once said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

While the quote itself is short, it gets straight to the point in saying that nothing in this world is going to change unless we fight and stand up for our beliefs. Giving to charities, no matter how small the effort or amount of money you put in, can be one of the most satisfying things in this world. However, it can be hard to find small ways to give back.

Here are three apps that will help you give back without breaking the bank:

One Today:

One Today is an app that was created by Google in order to help people give to charities in small but meaningful ways. The app simply asks you to donate one dollar a day to your choice of pre-selected charities such as Star of the Sea FoundationAnchal ProjectAmerican Cancer SocietyA Heart for AnimalsThe Nature ConservancyKiva, and Heifer International. Google thoroughly researches all of these charities in order to make sure that your money is in good hands.

According to the app’s description, One Today is “one easy way to better the world. Today [the app] makes it easy to support the nonprofit causes you care about and allows you to see how one deed can equal a better tomorrow.” You will also receive a “real-world photo, short story, and simple explanation of what your dollars” are being spent toward. The app allows you to donate one dollar or more, and will also help you “double your impact by inspiring others to match your donations.” After all, “generosity is contagious. So, share your projects and spread random acts of kindness by paying it forward.”

One Today is free for download and available on Android devices.


ShareTheMeal is a great app that allows you to fight global hunger by donating 50 cents to feed one child for one day. You can use the app when you sit down for a meal or any time of the day. The app is sponsored by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), which is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.

According to their website, “Each year, WFP reaches 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries. WFP is 100% voluntarily funded, so every donation counts. WFP’s administrative costs are among the lowest in the non-profit sector – with 90 percent of donations going directly to WFP operations that are building a world with zero hunger.”

ShareTheMeal is free for download and available on iOS and Android devices.

My Life as a Refugee:

My Life as a Refugee is an app that was created to help you learn more about refugees, their lives, and the conflicts they face every day. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) created this app in order to bring more awareness to the program and the people it supports.

According to the app’s description, My Life as a Refugee uses stories “based on real-life experiences of families torn apart by conflict or persecution. Every minute, eight people are forced to flee war, persecution, or terror. If conflict threatened your family, what would you do? Players face a series of tough decisions and chance events in these true-to-life quests to try to survive, reach safety, reunite with loved ones, and rebuild their lives. The app features three stories whose characters who are separated from their families while fleeing persecution or armed conflict.”

My Life as a Refugee is free and available for download on iOS and Android devices.

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