Volunteering isn’t always easy for most folks. Though many of us like to help others, volunteering can require time and commitment. And given our busy schedules, we can sometimes put it on the back burner. However, after my most recent volunteer experience, I’ve discovered that there is a very easy way to give back to others, and it’s called TangoTab.
Last Saturday was the first time that I had volunteered in over a year. The last time I volunteered was in Los Angeles with a program for kids with special needs. It was great and I had a good time, but unfortunately, things came up and never returned to give back again. Busy jobs, two moves, and a new career arose in my life, but in all honesty, that’s an excuse. There were weekends when I laid on the couch and did nothing all day — then there were times when I talked about volunteering but didn’t make a commitment to actually do just that.
That’s not to say that I didn’t give back to others in different ways. I’m a bleeding heart for the homeless and I give food and money when I can to those that ask. Still, there’s always more that I can do – and isn’t that true for us all?
Last weekend, my friend invited me to a volunteer event with TangoTab. It was a fairly easy event to be involved with — show up with sandwich making supplies and help make sandwiches for a few hours. When she invited me to the event, it seemed like a sign. Just a few days before I had been discussing with another friend how I wanted to volunteer more. It seemed the world had answered with a volunteer opportunity so I jumped on it.
Granted, I had to wake up early on a Saturday morning, but it was worth it. I, along with about 200 other people, worked for two hours to make sandwiches that will go to feeding those in need — from the homeless in homeless shelters to children in summer programs whose only meal that day might be the sandwich that I helped make. A simple sandwich could help feed someone that’s hungry, making my lack of sleep totally worth it.
And yet, it wasn’t the volunteering that actually made the biggest impact with me. It was learning about the host of the event — TangoTab.
In 2011, Andre Angel visited a food charity close to his home. He was so impacted by the experience — seeing persons of all ages relying on such places to eat — that he was inspired to create TangoTab.
So what is TangoTab? In simple terms, it’s the easiest way for YOU to help feed the hungry.
TangoTab is an app that allows users to give back to others who are need. It works like this: When you go to one of the restaurants in the TangoTab app, you check-in at the restaurant, the restaurant donates a portion to TangoTab, and then TangoTab donates that money to a local food bank. It’s that simple. You can actually help feed the needy by simply checking into a restaurant that you were already going to visit.
See Mr. Angel did the math. There’s 50 million people going hungry each day, and there’s over 1 billion meals dined out each week. On average, people in Texas dine out 13 times a week! If each person checked in with the TangoTab app, it could effectively feed those millions of people, 17 million of which are children. They’ve already fed over 1 million people. It’s a genius idea! We can actually feed the world — by using a simple app.
So what restaurants can you go to and use TangoTab with? A lot! They have local restaurants that partner with them as well as large chain restaurants and brands like Starbucks, Chipotle, Nobu, and Subway. Don’t let those daily Starbucks lattes go to waste! That coffee run can actually mean more than just satisfying your caffeine addiction.
I know it’s not easy to take the time out of your busy life to schedule a volunteer shift at your local food charity. And even if it was, how likely are you to do that — once a year? And that’s okay. It’s not something to be ashamed of. We could all do better in the volunteering department.
However, TangoTab does not take time out of your day! It takes you downloading a simple app and just checking in. You don’t even have to spend any more money than you originally planed to spend. Giving back can be super simple, so don’t miss the opportunity to do so.
Now go download TangoTab.
(Currently, TangoTab is only in 7 areas across the U.S. — DFW, OKC, NYC, Austin, San Diego, Bay Area, and Houston — however, they are expanding to other cities this year. If you wish to see them in your city, you can request it on their website.)