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The Online Shopper’s Guide to For-a-Cause Quarantine Shops

The quarantine period, as I like to look at it, has been one big bake sale for all those trying their hand at baking sweet and savory treats. If you’re like me, then you probably know five friends of yours who’ve tried their hand at baking and other businesses!

Alongside these freshly opened stores, however, are a myriad of donation drives all for different beneficiaries and, well, maybe you were once torn between buying yourself something nice and donating some money to those who really need it. It’s a sad decision to make sometimes, but what if I told you that there’s a way to get some treats and score brownie points from the universe?

For the foodie:

KinaBOOKasan’s Project EduCAKE

Instagram: @kinabookasan

KinaBOOKasan is a literacy campaign in coordination with the Marikina City LGU run for the benefit of public school students within the area.

Project EduCAKE is an online bake sale done in partnership with The Initiative PH’s Project Lumad, a donation drive for the Bakwit school students in the University of the Philippines – Diliman to help them get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers hungry for some baked munchies have a wide array of bakeshops to choose from when they order (Beyked, Batter Batter Whisk, and ANG Sarap, among others)!

You may place your orders at tinyurl.com/projecteducake!

The Taft Initiative’s Taft Express

Instagram: @thetaftinitiative

Facebook: www.facebook.com/taftinitiative

The Taft Initiative is a student-run volunteer organization aiming to ease the strain of the pandemic on marginalized communities along Taft Avenue. Aside from that, they also aim to preserve the rich culture and history of Taft Avenue for future generations.

One of their projects during this quarantine period is The Taft Express, an online delivery project that aims to maximize the profits of food establishments along Taft and provide jobs for voluntary drivers. Unlike conventional food delivery apps, The Taft Express assures its customers that full profit will go to the establishments and the drivers which, in the long run, would help them stabilize themselves financially as we trudge through the pandemic.

Orders may be placed at tinyurl.com/TaftExpressForm (and you’ll have a lot to choose from)!

For the thrift shopper:

The Initiative PH’s Ulap MNL

Instagram: @ulap.mnl

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The Initiative PH is a non-profit volunteer organization run by the youth that coordinates relief efforts to uplift marginalized communities in the Philippines.

As a means of funding their ongoing COVID initiatives, The Initiative PH launched its online shop, Ulap MNL, to sell old items collected from its members. Ulap MNL’s catalog includes books, bags, and shoes (and of course, clothes!) so there’s something for everyone! Admittedly, their catalog doesn’t have a lot of items, so maybe you could try your luck and shoot them a message to see if they’d be willing to take your items and put them up for sale for a good cause!

Roxann Vintage

Instagram: @roxann.vintage

Roxann Vintage is an online thrift store carrying carefully curated vintage and old-timey pieces of clothing. If you’re looking for pieces that give off Victorian vibes without the hefty price tag, you’re in luck!

Roxann Vintage allots 5% of its profit from regular sale items and 10% of its profit from items up for bidding to charities and beneficiaries around General Santos City and nearby areas. Prior to the pandemic, they even allowed those who lived within the area to tag along with them to give out the donations!

For the artsy:

Project Artivism

Facebook: www.facebook.com/proj.artivism

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Project Artivism is a non-profit organization that aims to bring artists—both traditional and non-traditional—together to channel their creativity and make art to further causes they believe in.

Project Artivism’s ongoing project has brought multiple artists together to take on commissions to earn enough money to support both local and international causes and charities, some of which are Project Lumad, Hatid Kapatid, and Hong Kong Free Press. For every donation, customers can request commissions from any of Artivism’s resident artists (and they’ve uploaded some sample works too so you can check which style fits your vibe)!

Maybe you’re looking for a new Twitter icon or a new wallpaper made just for you? Donations and commission orders may be placed at http://tinyurl.com/ArtivismOrders.

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