As of this year, there are over 2.8 million apps for Android users and about 2.2 million apps for Apple iOS users. Whether you are using the App Store or the Google Play store, you can’t help but notice the large number of replicated applications from astrology apps to credit score tracking apps. There are literally thousands of budgeting apps and there over one hundred different period trackers.
That being said, out of all these apps, there are only a handful that promote or aid in the social good. Not to say ‘a handful’ as in a few, but in the context of the millions of apps available. A few of my favorites are Share the Meal, CharityBox, and One Today.
Share The Meal is a project from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that allows their users to donate with the click of a button to help fight world hunger. CharityBox, on the other hand, allows you to search within the app and donate to a charity of your choosing. Finally, One Today focuses on current projects of non-profit organizations, giving their users the opportunity to donate the project of the day.
Our phones are a major part of our lives from the moment we wake up to the alarm on our phone, to what we read on our phone before we go to bed, and everything in between. Using our phones to make simple, yet meaningful contributions to the world we live, on a local or global level, is a great opportunity that more people should engage in and support.