My oldest daughter is almost seven years old and I want to begin teaching her about giving back. We already do it in small ways- with her outgrown clothes, or toys she doesn’t play with anymore (or has too many of). Of course some things get passed down to her sisters but others we choose to donate. When I’m packing things up she always asks now, “Are these going to other kids?”.
It’s important to me that all my kids know they are a part of something bigger and that it’s always good to help others. Members Unite is a website where the members all contribute to, as little as $5/month, and then choose which charity to donate the collective funds to. There’s also a small $25 annual membership fee (just over $2/mo.) which goes to cover operating expenses. (keep reading to the end of the post though for a special discount for my readers)
They choose nine diverse projects for the members to vote and discuss which ones they want to see funded for that month. Each week it continues to get narrowed down based on member ratings and voting until the final project is chosen at the end of the month.
The nine different projects to choose from this month ranged from passing out 1,000 balloons in Central Park to planting 5,000 trees in Brazil. I went through each project with my seven year old and explained them each simply so she could understand them, telling her how each project would help others.
My daughter was instantly drawn to the ones that involved kids… it was something she could relate to. So out of nine she narrowed it down to two:
- Give Infants a Lease on Life- providing 20 infants in Guatemala with milk for 500 days – over a year’s worth of sustenance.
More than half of Guatemalan children younger than age 5 don’t get the food they need–the highest malnutrition statistics in Latin America and among the highest rates in the world.
- Take Education on the Road- funding tutors for 30 homeless children in Los Angeles for a year.
Around 1.6 million children are homeless in the United States—that’s 1 out of every 50 children—and in California, families with young children make up 40% of the homeless population.
It made me so very proud of my daughter for thinking of other kids and wanting to help them. She said she wanted the babies to have the food they needed to grow and she wanted the kids to be able to learn just like her even though they couldn’t go to school.
Now that we have our favorite two, we can follow along week by week (and continue to vote) to hopefully get one of the projects funded. You can get in on voting and helping those in need yourself by joining Members Unite. Make it a family discussion and vote on the projects together.
>> For a limited time, Members Unite is offering my community a 50% off discount on the annual membership fee of $25! Use code WELOVEMOMS when you sign up!
If you sign up please let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear which project you hope gets funded!