Random Apps of Kindness

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Random Apps of Kindness

Seven apps to help you help make the world a better place

Social media lets us connect in ways we couldn’t have dreamed possible 20 years ago. One of the great benefits of today’s technology: We learn that we have lots in common with people a world away, even people we might never hope to meet in person. So it’s no surprise that companies are now making apps that help us tie into that shared sense of humanity. The following seven apps are doing just that.

Charity Miles

Charity Miles

A 2014 Webby Award winner, Charity Miles allows runners and walkers to gain corporate sponsors that help them earn up to 25 cents for charity for every mile traversed (10 cents for each mile biked). The charities involved include Feeding America, the Nature Conservancy, Every Mother Counts, and the Wounded Warrior Project. (Free, iOS and Android)

Donate a Photo

Donate a Photo

Created by Johnson & Johnson, Donate a Photo is a terrific app for shutterbugs — your photos themselves become a donation. For every photo shared through the Donate a Photo app, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to the user’s chosen cause, such as Operation Smile or Save the Children.(Free, iOS and Android)

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

With Sinecure Industries’ Acts of Kindness, what you see is what you get: 300 ideas to donate, volunteer, or join up to make the world a better place. Once you settle on an act of kindness you want to do, there’s an option to post your good deeds on Twitter so as to inspire others. Putting their money where their mouth is, Sinecure Industries has pledged 25 percent of all ad revenue directly to Goodwill. (Free, iOS)

Karmic

Karmic

Based on the philosophy that whatever you do comes back to you, Karmic assigns you a random good deed, inspirational quote, or charitable event in which you can participate. Complete the good deed to receive points that are used to brighten the home screen of the app with color or movement. If you sit it out for a while, the home screen begins to fade. The app offers meditation exercises and reminders to smile as bonus features. (Free, iOS)

iDo Good Deeds

iDo Good Deeds

Developed by Coconut Island Apps, this app contains over 250 good deeds separated by category: Community, Friends and Family, Strangers, Kids, Planet, and Animals. Once you’ve completed an assigned good deed, use the CONQUERED stamp to move on. Watch out — racking up those CONQUERED stamps may be addictive.  ($1.99, iOS)

Give2Charity

Give 2 Charity

Make an impact simply by carrying your phone. After downloading the app and allowing it to measure your device data—including location and web activity—you can earn points that are redeemable for donation to one of several causes, including Make-A-Wish, the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and the Salvation Army.  (Free, iOS and Android)

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Somebody

Developed by author Miranda July, Somebody is half messaging service app, half performance art experiment. How it works: the user sends a message not directly to his or her friend but to the Somebody user who happens to be closest, geographically, to said friend. That person is then trusted to deliver the message face-to-face. It’s a novel way of making social media not only more social, but more human. Following a glitchy debut last summer, Somebody was rebuilt and brought out again this past April.  (Free, iOS and Android)