New app allows online shoppers to support the fight against homelessness in Ireland 1 month ago

New app allows online shoppers to support the fight against homelessness in Ireland

Online giants such as ASOS, Amazon and Hotels.com are amongst 1,200 retailers already on board.

Irish consumers can now help in the fight against homelessness in Ireland while shopping online following the launch of a mobile app by GiveBack.ie this week.

Having already launched a browser extension earlier this year, GiveBack.ie has now launched a mobile app for iOS and Android, which will make a donation to an Irish homeless charity on behalf of consumers.

Once downloaded, the app ensures that whenever someone makes an online purchase from any of the 1,200 retail partners, between 1-10% of the purchase price goes straight to Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH), who provide nightly outreach, support and family advocacy services to homeless people in Dublin.

ASOS, Amazon, Hotels.com are amongst the 1,200 retail partners who have signed up to the initiative and the contribution to the charity comes at no extra cost to the consumer; all they have to do to help out is shop online as usual using the giveback.ie app or browser extension.

All money raised goes to ICHH and a full list of participating retailers is available here.

The browser extension is currently available to download on giveback.ie, while the app will gradually be rolled out to users in the coming days; you can sign up here (iOS) and here (Android) and a link will be sent via email to download the app.

Speaking about the potential impact of the GiveBack apps, co-founder of GiveBack.ie James Gallagher said:

“We walk past homeless people every day and feel powerless to truly help, at least beyond simple gestures such as stopping to have a chat or sparing some change.

“With GiveBack.ie, we are empowering people to become part of the solution. Downloading our app may be a small step, but if everyone took this simple action we could make ending homelessness a reality.”

Anthony Flynn, CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless Anthony Flynn, added:

“We are so proud to be a part of the GiveBack.ie app launch as we work together to end street homelessness in Ireland.

“The best part is it doesn’t cost the consumer anything, the retailer will give between 1-10% of your total spend to GiveBack.ie. Homeless Services has become an industry which sustains and maintains homelessness when what we need is solutions.”