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Spotlight on Website: Greater Good January 12, 2014

Here’s a free website that allows you to help others, no account required. Greater Good is a site entirely dedicated to money donations for, well, the greater good. It sells fair trade items and donates percentages of your purchases to great causes. Each day they have a different project- today’s was getting 24 children to a hospital by way of donations and free-clicks-to-donate. In the past, Greater Good has done a lot of good with their clicks. Greater Good

Here are some of their click-to-donate successes.

They have:

  • provided 6 months of care to an orphaned moose
  • sent an orphan to school for 5 months
  • given a sea lion food for a month
  • matched 5 veterans with pets that will help them
  • fed 4,000 seniors
  • donated toys to children in the developing world
  • built ‘castles’ for shelter cats

And many more! Want to get in on the action? All you have to do is check out  Greater Good. It has many sub-sites such as The Hunger Site, The Literacy Site, The Animal Rescue Site and The Breast Cancer Site, all dedicated to the special causes that their names suggest.

With just one click, you can do things like:

  • give free food to an animal shelter
  • give a woman with breast cancer a mammogram
  • donate a book to a child in need
  • fight hunger and poverty every day
  • save land in a forest
  • help wildlife

And it’s freeAll you have to do is click a simple button. I love free click websites, because it’s so easy and you can do it every day. Free clicks are a great way to help whatever cause you want, like breast cancer help, encouraging literacy, or feeding the homeless. I have enormous respect for the donors who give the food/books/mammograms/etc when anyone clicks.

You can also sign up for a daily reminder. Each day, they will send you a email telling you to click the free buttons.

Don’t forget to click at care2.com as well! We’ve made a previous post about it.

greatergood.com

thehungersite.greatergood.com

Ceej

 

Spotlight on Website: New Moon Girls June 30, 2013

This is a rather different spotlight than we’ve had previously, but it goes with the theme of inner beauty from my previous post. New Moon is a fun, feminist website where girls pre-teen+ can safely connect and have fun, all while boosting their confidence and sharing their creativity. New Moon also presents a bimonthly magazine  with articles by girls and featuring their artwork and writing. It’s fun, but best of all, it’s activism- New Moon has worked extensively on changing Barbie’s unrealistic figure, which helps promote eating disorders, and de-color-coding Target’s sexist, stereotypical blue-and-pink toy aisles. The website, newmoon.com, requires a paid subscription, but it’s definitely worth it for girls. They’ll make friends, learn to promote feminism and equality, and show their creative side doing it. Plus, there’s nothing better to boost your confidence and happiness than having your work published in the magazine. The message boards have sections for debates, roleplays, condolences for those grieving, and there’s even two whole message boards dedicated to changing the world, which is awesome! New Moon is great and helps promote inner beauty. I’m a member of the Girls Editorial Board (I work on the magazine), and I love the whole thing. If you are a teenage girl, join New Moon today! If you’re not, tell the young females you know. :3

 

Ceej

 

Spotlight on Website: Sevenly Clothing May 14, 2013

Filed under: Human Rights,Spotlight on Website — mochi @ 3:28 am

Not only does Sevenly have some of the most beautiful and unique clothing I’ve ever seen, each week, they donate a portion of their money to a different cause. They also offer natural baby products made of organic muslin, and send email updates on which causes are coming up next, or what’s on sale. While I’ve being subscribed for a small while, I’ve seen this company cover deadly diseases, disabled children, brain damage, sex trafficking, and cleft palate disorders. They sell artful and awesome clothing that donates to a good cause. Buy now and don’t forget to follow the Sevenly blog!

http://blog.sevenly.org/tagged/sevenly

http://www.sevenly.org/

Enjoy your clothing. Next time I won’t be late with the post!

 

Spotlight on Website: Common Dreams May 5, 2013

Filed under: Spotlight on Website — mochi @ 9:41 pm
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Oh my gosh. It has been so long. I’m sorry for depriving you all of your spotlights! This was supposed to be a weekly thing, and then it turned into…

Well. commondreams.org is a non-profit newscenter lot like Bonsai in the way that it wants to take steps towards ‘building a progressive community’, as stated on the homepage. The authors  write articles about hot topics and share facts and opinions about what’s going on today in the world. While I may not share their opinions all the time, the Bonsai staff members, and everyone, are all entitled to their own opinion, and what makes our community so great is that we all accept each other and make compromises. This is definitely one of the big parts of building a progressive community- accepting others and being open minded. Common Dreams defines the news it puts out as being dependable, something you can rely on every day. It’s certainly interesting, and it gives insight into topics that you might not know very much about.

 

Common Dreams

You can find out more about Common Dreams at http://www.commondreams.org/about-us or simply commondreams.org

Let’s all educate ourselves and work together and build a progressive world community.

Ceej

 

Pickles’ Spotlight on Website: Free Kibble March 19, 2013

Filed under: Animals,Spotlight on Website — mochi @ 4:11 pm
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Hi! This is Pickles  from www.purrfectlypickles.blogspot.com
Have you ever wanted to feed neglected strays and shelter animals? Who wouldn’t?
But, it’s just such a hassle! From going to the store to pick up food, the driving all the to the nearest shelter which could be an hour away, in the end, it almost doesn’t seem worth it.
But, there’s a way that you can feed stray cats and dogs- with a simple click and a bit of thinking.
Introducing FreeKibble and FreeKibbleKat, the websites that feed the animals for you. All you have to do is answer a daily trivia question, and they will donate 10 pieces of kibble! It doesn’t matter I you get it wrong or right, the animals still get the food.
Isn’t it great?! You help an animal in need AND score some cool cat/dog facts at the same time.
Like previous website spotlights posts here on Bonsai, FreeKibble is all about helping.
So what are you waiting for?
Do it today, tomorrow, and everyday!
Here are the links: www.freekibblekat.com and www.freekibble.com
Trivia ArchivesMeow On,
Pickles
Guest Poster on Bonsai
 

Spotlight on Website: Care2 March 6, 2013

Sorry I haven’t been posting these! I always forget which week it is. Anyway, today I’m going to share a website I think you should all join:
care2.com

Care2 makes a really big difference. If you check the homepage and scroll down a bit, you can see their most recent successes- they’ve gotten congress to pass an act about violence against women, canceled the oil drilling plans of a major company, and gotten Obama to talk to the Supreme Court about gay marriage. They’re really making the world a better place, and you can easily help them!
Here are some of the cool things you can do on Care2…

Sign and start petitions
Post entries and news stories
Discuss with the community
Send free ecards
Click to donate
Redeem ‘butterfly credits’

One of the great things about Care2 is that everything I mentioned above is completely free! When you click to donate, sponsors are notified of your clicking and they will put in the money for you to save big cats, give food to a needy child, support wolves, or whatever section of the site you click on. With 11 or 12 categories you can click on once a day, you can make a difference that grows with each click. I’ve only been clicking for 6 or 7 days and already, I’ve:
Supported 7 days of child sponsorship
Preserved 51.8 square feet of rainforest
Protected 2 acres of large cat habitat
Protected 700 square feet of ocean
Donated 6 meals for rescued primates
Offset 6 days of computer energy use (offsetting reduces the energy, so offsetting a day’s computer use is like not using the computer at all)
Supported 6 days of wolf adoption
And more!

Look what you can do by simply clicking a button every day! Forgot? You can sign up for an email that reminds you. It only takes about five-ten minutes to start making an impact.

Petitions and clicks aren’t all Care2 does, however. They alert you of big news stories, and even more important, smaller ones you may not have known of. They also give you other ways to take action and links to projects. Taking action on Care2, like participating on the petition site or discussion boards, results in points they call butterfly credits. You can use butterfly credits to buy gifts for the world- completely free! All the paying is done by sponsors. From the time they began, as a community, the Care2 members have:
Offset 58,229 pounds of carbon
Provided 40,739 days of safe water for poor people
Given 6,138 weeks of clean cooking
Planted 24,883 trees
Given snacks to 6,714 seals
And a whole lot more. This is just the first page of things.
Care2 TreesThere’s a sale on trees- only half the number of credits!

This summer I am starting a project I want you all to be part of. I want to plant as many trees as possible, as a collective online community. And Care2 butterfly donations will count! This project isn’t starting until this summer so remember to follow us and you will be notified immediately of when your tree donations will count.

Please, pretty pretty please join Care2, because it makes a huge difference.
Ceej, Vice President of Bonsai

 

Spotlight on Website: Free Rice! February 23, 2013

Filed under: Feeding the Hungry,Spotlight on Website — mochi @ 9:37 am
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Hi again everybody! (And thanks to the new followers who signed up to receive this in their email! All readers- if you haven’t already, go do so now, and share it with your friends!)

This week’s website for my Spotlight on Website feature is: freerice.com!

FreeRice is a website where you can answer trivia questions to feed the hungry. For every correct question you answer, ten grains of rice is added to your queue by generous sponsors. It’s fast and easy- in less than 10 minutes I donated 300 grains of rice, and by the time I finish this post I estimate I’ll have around 800.

Even better, they don’t take off grains if you fail a word. Instead, they give it to you again- improving your vocabulary, and the health of your needier fellows.

Please use FreeRice.com as much as possible and tell us what you do about feeding the hungry!
(There! 1000 in less than 25 minutes!)
Ceej, Vice President of Bonsai

 

 
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