Five free and easy ways to make the world a better place

Giving back to the world as a student can seem daunting. With a busy schedule and tight budget, it may not seem feasible to volunteer or donate to charity. Here are five easy ways you can help the world without leaving your room or spending a dime.

1. Ecosia

Set your default search engine to Ecosia. Ecosia functions just like Google, but uses the income generated by search ads to plant trees around the world. After a quick setup, you too can begin contributing to the over 41 million trees already planted, just by indulging your curiosity. https://www.ecosia.org

2. Freerice

Got a few minutes to spare before class starts? Need something to do instead of writing that paper? Hop on over to Freerice and play a few rounds. A quiz game connected to the United Nation’s World Food Programme, Freerice donates 10 grains of rice for every correct answer. So, what are you waiting for? Pick a subject and start feeding the world. www.freerice.org

3. AmazonSmile

Chances are you already shop on Amazon, but do you use AmazonSmile? By shopping through AmazonSmile, .5 percent of your purchase will be donated to the charity or organization of your choosing. With a broad list to choose from, you have the ability to make a difference on the national or local level. https://smile.amazon.com

4. Care2

On Care2, all it takes is one click to generate donations towards causes such as animal rescue, breast cancer or the environment. You can click once per day for each cause, and it only takes around five minutes. https://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/

5. Häagen-Dazs®

Alright, so this one costs a little, but when you can eat ice cream while saving bees, it’s totally worth it. One-third of Häagen-Dazs® flavors contain honey. When you purchase one of these flavors, part of the proceeds go toward pollinator education, research and solutions. To date, they’ve donated over $1 million and established their own pollinator habitat. For a complete list of bee-friendly flavors visit: https://www.haagendazs.us/save-the-honey-bees/

 

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