By Danielle Gorman
Can I just start by saying “Oh my goodness”? This Pokémon Go craze is mind-boggling! Who would’ve thought that a bunch of millennials would want to go outside and catch virtual animals on their smartphones? (Actually, it sounds exactly like something millennials would go crazy for)
Either way, it doesn’t matter if you’re a lover or a hater of the Pokémon Go app. You have to admit it has its pros. The first of which is getting a lazy generation off their backsides and outside on a scavenger hunt that takes them to popular and important spots in their towns. Another pro is that while you’re off your backside you can use certain apps to turn the miles you walk into money for charity. (Plus, they’re all free!)
Their tagline is “Every mile matters!” The goal of Charity Miles is for you to become healthier from the exercise of running while helping to fun local charities. Thanks to technology you can run a 5K for breast cancer anytime you want, without having to wait for local events to be set up. So download the app, pick your charity, and start running—and don’t forget to catch some Pokémon on the way.
Walk for a Dog
(Also known as Woof Trax, which is actually the same of the developer of the app)
You know you should walk the dog. Everyone from your spouse to your mom keeps bugging you about how chubby you and Fido are getting. Until today, exercise wasn’t motivation enough to get you going—but thanks to Pokémon Go, you can grab the leash and go! Like Charity Miles, you pick an animal shelter (either near you or in a place that has special meaning to you) and the miles you walk with your dog will help raise money for the animals in that shelter. Win-win!
Another great app that helps animal shelters, ResQwalk is set up in a different and unique way. ResQwalk has a certain amount of money that they donate each month to a variety of shelters and charities. What you get to do is decide where you would like the money to go. So you walk the miles, with your trusty pet in tow, and the more miles you walk the more you can decide where the money is donated.
I’m sure there are other apps that help donate to charity, so if I’ve missed any of the biggies please let us know!
And even if you’re not a player of Pokémon Go, or you’re a hermit and don’t want to leave the house, find other ways to give back and do service. I often think that the rising generations are more selfish than the last ones (and I can say that, because I’m a part of the rising generations—don’t bite my head off!) so we need to put a stronger emphasis on helping others and spend less time worrying about ourselves.
So whether you’re tutoring Syrian refugees, or volunteering at the Humane Society, find a way to give back to the world that has given so much to you. Make me proud, millennials!