As someone who loves both social media and making a difference in our world, I am always in awe with what ideas people create to combine these two passions of mine.

First, I was introduced to Charity Miles. This mobile application allows walkers, runners, and bikers to track their personal mileage and donate their miles to the charity of their choice. For each mile that you walk or run, 25¢ is donated; for each mile that you bike, 10¢ is donated. My friend Chris implemented a competition throughout the state of Indiana, encouraging universities to raise more miles than their competitors. While I’m proud to say that Ball State was the Charity Miles Challenge champion, I’m even prouder to say that my involvement didn’t stop there. Thrilled by the idea of being able to make a difference from my own pocket, I continued to utilize Charity Miles and was eventually featured in their Spotlight On blog after my friend Aaron and I challenged the CM community to a #September70 #selfchallenge. And to think- all of this involvement and interaction with various charities in our world was stemmed by one simple app.

Now, I’ve discovered a new app that allows me to reach out and help others. (Don’t worry, CM! I’m still using you- especially after your most recent update.) Started by Johnson&Johnson, Donate a Photo allows you to, well, donate your photos to various causes. While their cause list may be smaller, their impact is just as mighty. For each photo donated, J&J donates $1 to the cause that you have selected. They’ll even stamp your photo for you, proudly showing the world what cause you chose to support that day.

You now have an excuse to take that embarrassing selfie!

I could advocate for these apps all day and all night, but that’s not going to do much of anything. What will do something, however, is you downloading either one of these apps, using them, and making a difference in our world. So go. Help a child go to school. Protect a child from bullying. Provide support to the Special Olympics. Stand Up 2 Cancer by walking a mile or two. It doesn’t matter how you help the world, it only matters that you help.

And I quote: “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.”


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