5 Great Ways to Give Back
By: Sarah Javier, Executive Director | June 27, 2018
As a member of the Young Friends of the APA I spend time pitching in to the help out the adoption center as often as I can. However, like many people, a full-time job and responsibility to family and friends can leave me scratching my head wondering if there are enough hours in the day to make a real impact helping our furry friends.
This is why I was so excited to learn about a ton of different ways that anyone can help give back to the APA. And the best part? Most of these programs earn money for the APA just for doing the things you already do. Little things such as shopping online or walking your dog can all build up to make a big difference.
Here are a few tips for true pet lovers who want to go the extra mile to support the APA.
In 2017 Facebook made it easier than ever for you to raise money for your favorite charity. This feature called, Facebook Fundraisers, allow users to raise money for a nonprofit organization of their choosing without ever leaving the social media platform.
You can create a Birthday Fundraiser or create an every-day campaign. You just select from one of the 750,000 non-profits on Facebook, set a goal amount, and enter a custom message. Your friends will see the post and a prompt to donate.
Each time someone donates they are prompted to share and invite their friends to contribute as well. Fundraiser posts and shares include a donation button that makes it easy to donate right from the News Feed.
Learn more about creating your own fundraiser here.
Something as simple as searching the web can also donate funds to the APA. The website Goodsearch donates approximately 1 cent to the APA every time you use their search engine. Doesn’t sound like much? Just think about how many times you hit ‘enter’ on your search engine every day. Multiply that by 30 days, and you are talking about feeding a pet in need for over a month.
Personally, I chose to set Goodsearch as my default search engine. It is remarkably satisfying to watch your donation tick up as you go about the work day.
To sign up, visit goodsearch.com, click ‘Sign In’ in the upper right-hand corner and finally click ‘Join Now’. Select the APA under ‘Animal Protective Association of Missouri’ and you’re good to search.
Walk for a Dog
Possibly my favorite way to help the APA is simply by taking my dog for a walk!
The company WoofTrax developed the app, Walk for a Dog, to help raise money for shelters across the country. If you have an Android or iPhone just search for the app, Walk for a Dog, and download. Select “APA Animal Protective Association of Missouri”. Just make sure to open the app and hit “start walking” before leaving for your walk.
The more walkers, and walks, that an organization has exponentially increases the share of donations they receive. The best way to make sure you maximize donations to the APA is to use the app every time you take Fido for a walk, and to encourage your friends and family as well!
Another easy way some of your shopping purchases can make a difference at the APA is to make your Amazon purchases with Amazon Smile. All together, Amazon has donated nearly $55 million for various charities through Amazon Smile. Even better, Amazon Smile can be used by any Amazon customer. You do not have to be an Amazon Prime member to be part of the program.
How do you enroll in Amazon Smile? Instead of navigating to amazon.com to make your purchase, instead visit http://smile.amazon.com. The website will prompt you to select your charity, type “Animal Protective Association of Missouri” and viola! A portion of each of your future purchases will now be donated to the APA. Remember to save smile.amazon.com in your bookmarks tab. Any purchases made under the regular amazon.com link will not count towards the APA.
The APA is always looking for donated items such as sheets, towels, rags and shredded paper. However, as I am sure you can imagine, running a first-class adoption center takes a lot of specialized resources. In fact, there are many helpful items to donate that you wouldn’t have thought of. For example, educational materials, office supplies, and raffle items for special events are all critical to helping the APA function.
There are two places to find the important items that you can donate to help the APA. On the APA Website is a list of items that the APA is constantly in need of. Additionally, the APA maintains an Amazon Wishlist which contains more specialized or hot ticket items.
Next time you are cleaning out your office, kitchen or garage make sure to head over to the APA’s wishlist first before loading up the trash can.
And So Much More…
Despite all the detail in this article, there are tons more ways that you can help the APA beyond what I just mentioned. Of course, monetary donations or time volunteered are always appreciated, and much needed. Any way that you are able to show your support for the APA goes a long way towards connecting homeless pets in St. Louis to happy, loving families.
Other ways to donate include:
- Honoring or Memorializing a friend, family member or pet
- Purchasing a nametag displayed outside the APA
- Attending APA and Young Friends of the APA events
- Check to see if your company offers a matching gift for donations
- Set up a reoccurring, planned giving, program
- Earn money through using eBay with eBay Giving Works
- Donate your used cell phone
- Donate an old car or automobile
Also stay tuned for an update next month on the Schnucks Community Card which will show how you can generate some serious cash with your grocery spending.
If you are looking for any information about these or other ways to help the APA, don’t hesitate to reach out! Give the APA a call at 314.645.4610 and ask for Patti, extension 123.
Many thanks to guest blogger and APA Young Friends member, Paul VandenElzen! We appreciate you!