While donating your time and money to your favourite charities are great ways to support the causes you care about, you may be unaware of other opportunities to make a difference. As an example, did you know that you can use your social media accounts to raise the profiles of your favourite charities? Keep reading to discover six simple ways to use social media on a day to bay basis, to support your favourite causes.
1. Follow Your Favourite Charities
By following your favourite charities on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, you can keep up to date with their latest campaigns. As an example, charities often release information about limited edition merchandise on their social media accounts, which you may be interested in purchasing, either for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family member. Also keep a look out for posts about volunteer opportunities.
2. Share The Causes with Your Social Media Network
If you read about a campaign you’d like to support but don’t have any spare cash to do so, you can still support it by sharing a link to the charity’s Facebook post or Tweet, with your social media network. Remember, for a charity to thrive it needs exposure as well as donations. Even if you’re not comfortable posting a link about a campaign on your Facebook page you can still make a difference by “liking” the campaign’s Facebook page and status updates.
3. Use Your Social Media Accounts to Share Petitions .
Petition focused sites such as Care2.com allow users from around the world to not only sign international petitions but to share the petitions they care about, with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Reddit with just one mouse click.Whether you’re passionate about animal welfare, women’s rights, politics or the environment you’ll find a plethora of large scale petitions that have the power to effect government policies and bring about change.
4. Vote for your Favourite Charities
Regular competitions are held by businesses looking to give back to the community by distributing large cash funds to deserving charities and organizations who could benefit from a cash injection. There is just one catch, for an organization to be picked, they need to collect votes from their supporters and finish a competition in either first, second or third place.
If you know of a deserving small to medium sized charity, who needs a bit of extra exposure and could benefit from a cash injection, you can also put forward an anonymous or public nomination and use your social media accounts to help your chosen charity collect votes.
5. Film a YouTube Vlog about Your Favourite Causes
If you own a YouTube account with a decent amount of subscribers, consider filming and uploading a video where you give your followers a brief introduction to your favourite charities and the reasons why you support them. Alternatively, consider contacting one of your favourite charities to see whether you could vlog during a day volunteering or to get permission to interview one of their staff members and vlog a tour of their premises.
6. Sign up for a Fun Run and use Social Media to Collect Sponsors
Over the last few years, there has been in an increase in popularity of fun runs which support a chosen charity or organization. If you’re a keen runner or walker consider signing up for a fun run which supports a cause you’re passionate about and then sharing a link to your sponsor page on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram. You may even be interested in inviting some of your friends and family members to sign up and run with you.
7. Create a Facebook Event to Invite Your Friends to Volunteer With You
Whether you’re contemplating joining a local community effort to clear rubbish from the beach or plan to collect books and toys for underprivileged children, why not create a Facebook event page and tag friends who you think may be interested in joining you? The beauty of Facebook events, is that you get to choose the individuals who you know are interested in the same causes you are and can avoid sending an invite to friends who may not share your passion for a particular cause.
So what are you waiting for? There are countless ways to use your social media accounts, to support the causes and charities you care about and to make an impact on the world.