By Cheryl Mahoney
Love and charity. I can’t actually think off the top of my head of a famous quote or a Bible phrase where those two are combined (if you know of one, let me know!) but they do seem to be concepts that go hand-in-hand. And I recently happened across a story about a fun new way to combine the two.
I found this article about WeClick. It’s a speed-dating service, with a philanthropic twist. It works basically like the usual run of speed-dating–set in a cafe somewhere, singles move among tables to have five minute chats with potential soulmates. But here’s the key: at least ten percent of the registration fee goes to charity. There’s a different charity each time, advertised before-hand. At their first event, the entire proceeds went to Heifers International, with the tag line “get social, give goats.” Two concepts that you’re less likely to see together…
One thing I love about this is that it’s a perfect example of taking something people already do, and turning it towards a socially conscious purpose. No one has to change their lifestyle or give anything up or make a space in their budget to give to charity–it’s happening as part of something they’re already doing. And that can be so powerful. I also love what an innovative idea this is–and it’s just sheer fun too!
Now, I admit, if you don’t happen to be a single in Maine, this is probably not something you’re actually going to do–though if it becomes a widespread idea, remember that you heard about it here first. So this is a little less relevant than some of the stories we’ve posted here, but just for the enjoyability factor I thought it would be worth sharing anyway. And if you do happen to be a single in Maine, then maybe you should try it out. Love and charity might not be the only ones that end up hand-in-hand. 😉