Ever since Tzu Chi USA took root in the United States in 1989, our network of volunteers and community partners have found myriad ways to break boundaries and exceed expectations when it’s come to offering compassion and relief to those who suffer. As Tzu Chi USA proudly celebrates its 30th year of service, we are excited to expand our work to mobile platforms with our first-ever app, Tzu Chi Connect.
In the digital age, we have more ways to connect than ever, and with Tzu Chi Connect, there are even more ways to give than ever. It will feature a few key functions.
With Small Change, Make a Huge Difference
Our signature bamboo banks are stepping into the 21st century. With the help of 30 housewives, who saved change from daily groceries in bamboo containers, Dharma Master Cheng Yen gathered the necessary funds she needed to begin Tzu Chi in 1966. Since then, we’ve served countless people across the globe, bringing compassion and relief to the forefront of the modern world. Tzu Chi Connect presents us with our next step: the Save Spare Change feature (currently available in the US only).
Once you link your credit card or bank account, all purchases you make can be rounded up and donated to our initiatives through Save Spare Change. It’s a safe and secure way of making nominal yet frequent contributions that add up over time.
What’s more, you can track your contributions history through reports- easily accessed with a few taps- allowing you to monitor your activity and watch what you give grow.
Customize Your Compassion
Once you download the app via the App Store or Google Play, you’ll get to select the causes to which you feel the most connected. Want to help communities recover through disaster relief, more people to enjoy good health and well-being, or support initiatives that help us reach zero hunger? Now you can, among so much more.
You’ll then see specific projects we’re working on and the solutions we’re providing to families in need. You decide what to donate to, at what amount, and when you want.
Not sure what you’d want to support? No problem. We’ll suggest projects we think you’ll find interesting plus those that are time-sensitive and may need extra attention.
Tell Your Story
Moreover, you’ll be able to share your Tzu Chi experience via Tzu Chi Connect. No matter how you’ve joined hands with us- whether as a short or long-term volunteer, a care recipient, or a community partner- you’ll be able to share the details of your experience and stories that will inspire everyone across our global community.
See Our Progress in Real-Time
Plus, we’ll share videos where you can get real-time updates on the progress of the projects we do and our latest news. It’s a great way to see the people and communities whose lives are changing thanks to your generosity and understand what a difference your contributions make.
We’re excited to start our 30s on such a bright and energizing note. Here’s to a new step forward, more connected than ever!