A Guest Blog Post,  by Kristie Price

Student Loans & Saltines
I was broke. I was a freshman in college paying for textbooks, laundry, phone calls, and saltine crackers. A few quarters were the difference between clean clothes or my roommate’s febreze. When a nonprofit came asking for money all I could think about was how I was going to be paying student loans into retirement. Where was the money going to come from?

Photo by kristiepricephotography.com

To Help or Not to Help
One day I was at an assembly hearing about the problem of HIV/AIDS in Africa. I couldn’t say no. I couldn’t decide not to help.

When you have the information about what’s happening around you and you’re smart enough to know that even a little bit can make a big difference—I mean you’re in college for goodness sake—well, you do something.

It wasn’t a lot at first. I sponsored a child whose family had been affected by the AIDS epidemic. Somehow I found an extra $20 every month. I figured I could ration the saltines and a few quarters and help someone else who might not have the luxury of febreze or even clean water. I made a conscious choice to help—to be involved.

Making a GlobalMojo Team
These days, giving doesn’t have to be a solo gig. My small donation isn’t much on its own, but when I combine it with a few others it adds up. That’s why I’m a fan of creating a team through GlobalMojo.

I pick a cause and with a few clicks, invite friends and family to join. My cause? Northwest Harvest Why? In 2010, one in seven households in Washington State struggled to provide enough food for their family. This matters to me.

Now, each time a friend joins my team, my impact increases by 5%. When I first started using GlobalMojo, 25% of the revenue I generated was donated to Northwest Harvest. When my sister decided to team up, it became 30%. Add another teammate like my college roommate? They’ll make it 35%.

So, when I surf the web I might raise $5 for Northwest Harvest. But when a team of 10 does exactly the same thing they’ll make some significant change. Suddenly, helping a nonprofit becomes easier and student loans less daunting.

We get to decide to help, we make a difference, and everyone gets to eat.

Trust me, it doesn’t take a college degree to figure this one out.