I’m that person. The one who comes home after shopping or dining out and goes to the website specified on my receipt to complete the brief survey for a chance to win a $XXXX shopping spree. I’ve never won. Not one red cent.
But I recently found a way to ensure that someone wins when I do a survey. Every time I complete a brief questionnaire at SurveyMonkeyContribute, fifty cents goes to the charity of my choice.
In the week that I’ve been a member, I’ve completed four surveys. My email inbox is not flooded with survey requests (appropriate surveys are selected for me based on a few basic questions I answered during the registration process) so I don’t feel hassled and harassed. I haven’t done a survey that cost me more than two minutes of my time.
So far, I’ve earned $2.00 for Special Olympics. It’s not a ton of money. But it is $2.00 more than they would have had if I hadn’t done the surveys. It’s a project that I can easily continue for the foreseeable future. It’s a project you could undertake if you have internet access, a few spare minutes a few times a week, and a desire to help others. If your $2.00 and his $2.00 and her $2.00 joined my $2.00, we could really begin to make a difference.
In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
In an attempt to overwrite all the negative feelings I have about April, I have made a pledge to complete 26 random acts of kindness this month. Reporting on these acts is the theme of my participation in this year’s April A to Z Challenge. If what you read here inspires you to commit your own RAoKs this month, please share what you’ve done in the comments. Together, we can rewrite April’s legacy!
If you’d like to check out how some other bloggers are responding to the A to Z Challenge, click here. Beware, there are 2187 participants at the time of this posting…I accept no responsibility for the hours you are likely to lose once you start browsing! 🙂