We know first hand that ARMY's capacity to do good is incredible. In fact, there's so much enthusiasm for charity and volunteer work that ARMYs have sent us requests for other projects they can participate in besides our monthly campaigns. Below is a list of side projects the One In An ARMY team has researched and created tutorials for. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
ShareTheMeal is a crowdfunding app that lets users donate to specific United Nations World Food Programme projects. In July 2018, One In An ARMY created a team on the app and started the #EatJinChallenge. Since then, the team has been featured as a top fundraiser and was even given a shout-out on #TeamTuesday. You can check out our past challenges by clicking on the links below. Donations are ongoing, so download the app for iOS or Android and follow our tutorial to start giving!
Freerice is an ad-supported website that lets you play games and earn grains of rice for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). It's also available for iOS and Android devices. Players select a category and take multiple choice quizzes. For every correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated to WFP.
One In An ARMY have been fans of Freerice since the end of 2018 and we issued our first call-out for ARMY players in May, 2019. As always, ARMY enthusiastically took up the call (occasionally causing a few hiccups along the way) and the BTS ARMY group has been #1 on the Leaderboard for Top Groups since September, 2019. One In An ARMY has facilitated several Freerice challenges (linked below) and encourages active participation regularly. If you'd like to create an account and help contribute rice to people in need, follow our sign-up instructions and get playing!
New for 2020, we now have an ARMY Freerice Leaderboard!
Info Threads and Statements
Every day, we are inspired by the enthusiasm we see in ARMY to bring a positive change in the world. Because we are such a huge fandom, even the smallest of efforts can have amazing results. ARMY's passion resonates with One In An ARMY, and so we try to launch campaigns which support organizations and projects that are making a tangible impact on people’s lives.
One In An ARMY is comprised of volunteers who work several months in advance to research and vet organizations that need support, set up campaigns, and carry them out, all while making sure that the entire process is trackable to maintain our transparency. Taking into account the time required to complete this process, we restrict ourselves to monthly campaigns. Also, because One In An ARMY is a charity-focused account, it is difficult and unusual for us to support any other type of activity. For more details on how we work, please visit the FAQ and read #16 #18 and #20.
We are completely aware that there are a lot of pressing issues in the world that demand everyone’s attention. As and when we get information on these issues, we investigate the projects run by other ARMY and support any that fit our sharing rules. For situations that demand our urgent attention, because we are not able to launch an immediate campaign, we work on crisis threads. Using these threads, we highlight organizations that are working on each specific cause. ARMY can direct their donations and support to these organizations. All the information for the threads, campaigns, and ARMY projects highlighted can be found on our socials.
However, even with the crisis threads, we are not able to take on all of the causes and the reasons why vary. Crisis threads, like any other campaign, need thorough research because the team has to search for the right organizations: they cannot be personal fundraisers, and must also fit our other guidelines. Sometimes, the resources are just not available to make the thread. On other occasions, we have no spare time or members because the team is already occupied with another campaign. Lastly, because there are always so many issues happening at the same time, we are not able to cover everything. Though we may not be able to get to all, it does not mean that we don’t consider these causes important or that we won't potentially cover them in the future. Instead, we work on whatever we are able to at any given point of time, depending on our volunteers' availability.
For up-to-date information, please visit our Crisis Carrd Directory which hosts information on how to donate to current crisis as well as crisis our team is already researching.
We also have a number of crisis threads we wrote before switching to the Carrd system:
Hashtag and retweet Project
Twitter is ARMY's playground, so it makes sense that ARMY has been super successful at hashtag sharing campaigns. Below is a list of 3rd party campaigns ARMY have helped to meet their fundraiser goal (please note that none of these projects were organized by One In An ARMY - we just shared info tweets!)
In December 2018, we decided to try something a little different. In addition to Seokjin's birthday campaign and bonus mission, we started a seasonal challenge called ARMY Share The Warmth. Instead of focusing on a specific non-profit, we challenged ARMY all over the world to connect with local homeless shelters, find out what items were in high demand, and then donate those items along with a pre-written note. The campaign is still ongoing – find out more on our website, on Twitter or by checking out #ARMYShareTheWarmth!
ARMY Doing Charity
One In An ARMY was by no means the first or only group of BTS fans to run charity projects. We try and share news of other ARMY projects whenever they come across our timeline, but in case you missed some, here's a masterlist of every ARMY charity project shared with us since December 2015!
If you're the type of person who prefers visuals, you can view our ARMY charity projects map! To view the map in full and sort projects by continent or year, click 'view larger map' in the top right corner. If you ran an ARMY charity project by yourself or with a fanbase and would like to add it to our map, please fill out this form. To learn more about how the map works, check out this thread.