And not just because they created COINS to give out! Which they did!! ;)
It’s a project here in DC called “Breadcoin“, and they’ve pretty much created their own currency which can be redeemed for food at local merchants for those in need.
The idea is that the more these coins spread the more people get helped, and since the “help” comes in forms of tokens vs cash (which many people are hesitant to give out for a number of reasons) – it’ll only spur The Good doing even further.
They’ve already got about 2,800 of these breadcoins in circulation, and hopefully after reading this we’ll be able to get even more flowing! ;) So please pass this far and wide if you like their idea!!
(They also have a few circulating around Portland, OR too, but would love to get other cities involved and make this a more *national* thing – which would be super cool if we could help with!)
Here’s a great article from The Washington Post that goes into it a bit more: ‘Breadcoin’ is a new currency in D.C. for people in need. And then here’s a short video on them:
(They also grant small business loans to participating merchants, and allow them to pay back the loans using the very same breadcoins that got spent there! Pretty cool circle of life!)
As many of you know I used to SUCK at giving back – at least financially – but a couple years ago I experimented with a new way of thinking and it totally changed my habits.
I decided to *automate* my giving just like you do with financial goals, and now every month I consistently support all the organizations I love without having to think about it any more! It’s amazing! ;)
And I started simply with $20/mo. Something almost everyone can part with.
Breadcoin will now mark my 6th charity on the list (as soon as I can convince them to set up automatic Paypal subscriptions! Something I wish all organizations had!), and I only hope to continue adding to it every time I stumble across another place that warms my heart so.
Here are a few of the other organizations I’m proud to support:
- TheGoodCemeterian.org – A two-person historical preservation team that restores tombstones and then shares the stories behind the people they honor. (Check out the before and afters on their Instagram page – it’s incredible!)
- SundaraFund.org – An organization that recycles old hotel soap into new soap for underserved places in our world that don’t have access to any – or even know what soap IS?! (Did you know poor hygiene is responsible for 1 out of every 9 child deaths worldwide? More than AIDS, measles and malaria combined!)
- 516project.org — A Christian-based construction ministry that’s helped over 50 families last year get new roofs, wheelchair ramps, bathroom remodels, new paint jobs, yard clean up, and other house-related maintenance.
They each get $20/month along with two other charities, and as you can see I have a soft spot for the smaller mom & pop type organizations :)
I always just feel like your money can make a bigger impact there in the early stages, as well as any other advice or motivational support you can give them! It’s not easy gettting these bad boys off the ground, and especially so when they’re your *side* projects and you still have a day job to attend to!
At any rate, just wanted to give you the heads up about this new org in case it inspires you too in some way, or if you had any interest in supporting or sharing their story as well.
You can learn more about them on their website here (soon to be revamped): breadcoin.org
Or reach out to them directly here if you have anything to pass along: breadcoin.org/contact-us
If you have any organizations close to YOUR OWN heart, I’d love to hear about those too! Share ’em below in the comments so we can all see and learn more!
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!