Monday, November 25, 2013

Charity Miles and My Wounded Warrior Project run

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I have been admiring the app "Charity Miles" from a distance for a while now.  Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea, authors of Run Like A Mother, have been participating and posting their runs on Twitter.  I even downloaded the app myself a few weeks ago, but kept forgetting to use it.

Charity Miles is a company that links investors with athletes--bikers, runners,and walkers--to raise money for charities.  Bikers earn 10 cents per mile and walkers/runners earn 25 cents per mile, all donated to the charity of their choice.  The charity must be one already partnered with the company, but there is a wide variety of options.  Some of the supported charities include:
  • Autism Speaks
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Partnership for A Healthier America
  • Pencils of Promise
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • the World Food Programme
  • Girl Up:  United Nations Foundation
  • Stand Up To Cancer
  • Feeding America
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Every Mother Counts
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • and MANY more!
The process is simple.  Download the app.  Choose whether you will be biking, walking, or running.  Select your charity.  (You may choose a different charity each time.)  Go!  The app uses you phone's GPS to calculate your miles.  (If you want music, you need to start that before opening your Charity Miles app!)

The company requires you to post your activity to Facebook or Twitter before they will donate your earnings.  It raises awareness of the app AND the sponsor, so it's really a win-win.  I mean, I raised an entire $2.50 for the Wounded Warrior Project during my long run on Sunday =)

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