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Finding Green innovative ideas and charities to support in your local community

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When going green, it's easy to get lost in all the multiple facets, programs, names, and organizations. Just searching your city name and "eco-friendly" on the internet could return hundreds of thousands of hits as new organizations and non-profits are form on a daily basis. How does one shuffle through it all? The easiest way is to build a network of specific sites to check on a monthly basis.
The best place to start would be your city’s website. On the city’s site, search their website to see if they have any green programs or events. This can often lead to a site dedicated to a specific event and who is hosting the event. Pay attention to if these events are reoccurring and if they are hosted by the same group each time.
This main step can sometimes lead to specific businesses or past events. Even this can be helpful. Researching past events can lead to other businesses and other new events. Also, researching specific businesses will take time but it will give an idea as to how you want to focus your first “green” steps and whether you want to focus on community events and volunteering, food and local markets, shopping smarter and only with specific businesses, or just by donating money.
When researching businesses, you can sometimes stumble on to new ideas and new programs offered to benefit your community. One such opportunity for beginners may be, AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon but is supposed to provide an automatic way for consumers to support their favorite charities (if that charity has registered with AmazonSmile) while letting consumers enjoy the same selection of products, prices, and other features as on Amazon.com. The difference being that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice, but some exclusions and rules do apply. Check the website out and see if this is something you can dedicate a little extra time to.

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