By: Andrew Edwards
As stay-at-home orders continue across the nation, people are finding themselves new ways to stay busy and sane. One activity that many have incorporated into their new routines is a daily walk. Of course, getting outside for a walk is great for your cardiovascular fitness and overall health, but did you know it can be great for raising money for charity too? Here’s how:
Charity Miles is a free, legitimate mobile fitness app available for download by both Apple and Android users. Via your phone’s internal
pedometer and GPS, the app tracks your daily exercise and movements, everything from walking to running to cycling, and even dancing. Before you get moving though, the app will ask you to select a charity of your choice for which you would like to exercise and raise money for. Charity Miles features over 40 causes you can support including Wounded Warrior Project, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude, Feeding America, and many more.
Once you’ve selected the charity you would like to raise money for, all you’ve got to do is get to walking like you normally would! Make sure that 1) you have your phone with you (in your pocket or attached to your body) while you are exercising and 2) your location services are turned to “Always” so that Charity Miles can track your movement whether you have the app open or not.
You may find yourself asking, “Where is this charity money coming from?”. Fair question. Here are the places funds will be coming from as you raise money for the charity of your choice with each mile you walk, run, or cycle:
1) the app’s corporate sponsorship fund (Charity Miles typically contributes up to 50% of sponsorship fees to its sponsorship fund
– Charity Miles does NOT share your data with its sponsors)
2) the charity’s corporate sponsors
3) pledges and donations from friends and family (people you know can pledge a certain amount of money per mile of activity you complete to the charity you are supporting)
4) Employee Empowerment Program (Your employer can choose a charity to support or support the charity you have selected for yourself)
Charity Miles also ramps up the fun by allowing you to create Teams. Invite your friends, family, and coworkers to join your Team – this allows you to track each other’s’ progress and see who is climbing up the leaderboard logging the most miles of activity.
Walking, running, and cycling are incredible ways to keep up with your personal health during this time of uncertainty. As you continue to enjoy the ways in which that exercise serves you, consider checking out Charity Miles for ways in which you will be able to serve others as well.
A recent graduate of the University of Georgia, Andrew joins the Network 1 team in 2019 as a key member of the Sales and Marketing Team. Andrew earned a Certificate in New Media during his time at UGA where he was able to hone in on his creative abilities, which he now deploys within Network 1’s marketing efforts.
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