give until your fingers hurt..

One nice thing about the internet is it offers opportunities to help others, even if you don’t have the money to donate. One of my new favorite sites is called “Free Rice” and it not only enables you to donate free food (the rice) but it lets you build your vocabulary at the same time.

free rice donation

The basic idea is you are presented with a word and four possible meanings. When you pick the correct meaning, the site donates 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. Now, by itself 20 grains of rice isn’t a lot. But the idea is the more you play and the more other people play, the bigger the donation. So when you have a few free minutes during the day, such as when you’re on IM or Twitter or something like that, pull up the site and play a few rounds. You learn and people get to eat.

To quote Martha Stewart…”It’s a good thing.”

While you’re at it, here are some of my other favorite daily visits where all you have to do is click a button and the advertisers sponsor the donations:

The Breast Cancer Site The Hunger Site The Child Health Site
The Literacy Site The Rainforest Site The Animal Rescue Site

Are there any I’m missing that are faves of yours? Let me know in the comments. Otherwise, get to clicking already… LOL

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Comments: 3

  1. Chris July 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Yo! My name is Chris and I’m reaching out to world-conscious blogs. I noticed that you blogged about free rice, and I’m working with a small startup called Avanoo that is developing a similar concept. By going to our site ( and putting one of many badges on your blog, every time someone clicks that badge, a dollar is donated by a corporate sponsor to the non-profit!

    We’re still in beta, but we wanted to spread the word as much as possible. If you can help us show others how, together, bloggers and web users can raise funds and awareness for good causes by using our collective power, I’d really appreciate it. Maybe you’ll even blog about us!

    Thanks for your time,

    Chris Paik
    Outreach Coordinator
    Avanoo, Inc.

  2. Badsheep June 2, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Love this site. Already donated 1000 grains in 5 minutes. Nice to know my vocabulary is not so bad.

  3. ba April 19, 2008 at 10:48 am