I love apps where I feel I am giving something back. I also like walking approximately 3-5 miles every day with my dogs. There are two apps that combine my love for walking my dogs with being able to give something back.
The first app is Charity Miles where you are a corporate sponsored athlete. The app is easy to use. You simply choose a charity from among a long list of charities such as the The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Wounded Warrior Project, etc. Then choose between one of the activities which are walking, running, and biking. The app keeps track of the distance and the amount earned per mile for that charity. Some of the corporate sponsors include Humama, Timex, Kenneth Cole, and Johnson & Johnson.
Another great app I like is the Wolftrax Take Your Walk for a Dog. With this app, you choose a local animal organization to support. I have chosen the Houston ASPCA. Again, the app keeps track of the distance.
Now, there is a new app that allows citizens in New York City to help the homeless. This is an awesome idea. Eleanor Goldberg described the app in the Huffington Post as follows:
When a New Yorker spots a homeless person who needs help, she can promptly pull up the WeShelter app and unlock a donation from a corporate sponsor, which supports the group’s local partner nonprofits. The passerby can also go one step further and contact 311 through the app, connecting with an outreach operator to get help for that specific person, according to the organization’s website.