UK Charity needs the help of Makers (link to Community Blog topic)

A few weeks ago, Kiteman posted this thread to the Community Blog forum. I am hoping that the thread can be moved over to the AT Group, but in the mean time I'm linking to it. If you are interested in assistive technology and in the UK, please consider contacting Remap.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


Group Charity Project

So, I had an idea for something that the entire instructables community could do to benefit the world:Have instructables HQ accept donations to go towards buying OLPCs for impoverished children. One laptop only costs $200, and so if each member donates a few dollars, we could easily raise enough for a bunch of laptops. I figure that it would be right up our alley (being so tech oriented) and would really help some people out as well. Hell, we could probably find a company that would match our donations! Plus, doing it as a group like this would allow us to see just how many laptops are donated...trust me when I say it makes you feel good to know that you were a part of something big. So, what do you think?

Posted by Weissensteinburg 10 years ago


UK Charity needs the help of Makers

I visited the Grand Henham Steam Rally today, and came across a stall with a clearly hand-made sign with individual letters moving back and forth on small cams.It was manned by a couple of chaps from the local "panel" of Remap.Remap is a very special charity, working through a nationwide network of dedicated volunteers. These inspiring people use their ingenuity and skills to help people with disabilities to achieve much-desired independence in some aspect of their lives, or to enjoy leisure opportunities previously closed to them.Remap's unique pieces of special equipment are tailor-made by volunteer experts and given free to the people who need them. Because, as well as being inventive and skilful, they also care about people in their local communities who have disabilities - even a combination of them - which mainstream services have not been able to counteract. Our volunteers think these people matter a great deal - enough to give their time and energies for free, taking the trouble to ensure that each item they make really suits the individual person concerned and does the job it is meant to do.Remap already has 85 panels across England, Wales and northern Ireland, and helps over 3000 people with disabilities each year. With your help this number can be greatly increased.The chaps I talked to said that Remap was "just a name", but they reckoned it stands for Real Engineers Make Anything Possible.The things they make are not rocket science, or even very complex. They are just sensible solutions for people who have unique needs. Like making a toilet seat with a smaller hole for a child lacking in the motor skills to balance on a narrow seat. Or adding extensions to tap-handles for arthritic pensioners. Or making custom hooks so that a woman who suffered a stroke could reach to close her windows. Or even just adding short extensions to the arms of a chair so that the user can get enough leverage to stand.They are a nation-wide charity, and need help everywhere. You can find a local panel or contact them centrally.If other areas are like my local panel, they especially need younger volunteers. The youngest member of the local panel here is in his early sixties, and they recently buried their (ex) oldest member, still Making at 84.RemapCase studiesHow to volunteerFind your local panelRemap in Scotland

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


What Did You Build Contest from UP

Here is a contest from Up railroad that might interest this community! Please enter your picture to help support charities.  sunshine~ http://www.up.com/whatdidyoubuild/index.shtml

Posted by sunshiine 3 years ago


Shaving me head for charity

I'm going to be shaving my head for charity, in order to microfinance third world countries. I was wondering if anyone on instructables would like to help by donation. I'll post before and after pictures on here once I get the amount of money we need (Which is about 1800 dollars, to buy a proper carpentry set for a man in Ghana.) I'm also working with people in my community to do this. You won't be scammed as you don't need to give me any money. Here's how it'll work: 1: Post here how much you'll donate 2: Go to KIVA.com and register an account 3: I will provide you with a link to the recipient 4: You will donate the money on a given day, at which point (when I see that the transaction is through) I will shave my head, pictures and all. 5: You may laugh at my discomfort.

Posted by A good name 9 years ago


Plasma Rifle Charity Auction

Hi there, i though i would post this here, as to draw attention, and also allow discussion.Due to making more and more items, i am running out of room.so, sadly, i am going to be selling my loved plasma rifle.You can see the construction and build quality here *Plasma Rifle -ible*All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Crimestoppers, who help out with a lot of anti-knife and gun crime over here in the UK, whom also happen to be having an anti-kife and gun week soon. the charity can be found here CrimestoppersI think the best way to sell this, is with a private auction. Basically, send me a private message, and the highest amount wins.The auction will end next saturday at 1.00am BST(note - if the private auction does not work, or for some reason not permitted i will then post the item on ebay)The rifle itself makes for a great conversation piece, to sit as part of your collection. Or for use in your latest indie film!Thanks for reading.Jakeps, this i also posted this topic under market place, but i wasn't sure wether that was the right place, or here.

Posted by gmjhowe 10 years ago


Free Shirts

This company is donating 1 million dollars and is giving out 1 million free shirts, they are paying for all of it with money that they make by selling spots on the shirts, but they are only going to send them if they make their goal of 1 million shirts.http://onemillionfreetshirts.com/getyourfreeshirt.html

Posted by shammallamaman 10 years ago


Free Rice

A lot of you probably already know about this, but I thought I would post it anyway.The site FreeRice.com is a fantastic charity site that helps fight world hunger through a game.I had heard of this a long time ago, but I never actually tried it until today. I researched a bit, and was very impressed by it, which is why I'm posting this.How it StartedFreeRice began on October 7, 2007. It was created by John Breen, a computer programmer from Bloomington, Indiana, who also created thehungersite.com, therainforestsite.com and Poverty.com. Breen invented the site, and typed in all 10,000 definitions, after observing his son study for the SAT.How it WorksVisitors to the website are presented with a word and four definitions. If a user selects the correct definition, FreeRice.com donates 20 grains of rice through the United Nations. Another word is then presented. Special graphics symbolizing 100 and 1,000 grains of rice are displayed on a graphical tally if the player's total reaches these numbers. Various landmarks are represented with different messages of encouragement such as: "You have donated 10,000 grains of rice. Wow! Now THAT is impressive!" after the 10,000th grain is donated, and after 20,000 grains, "You have donated 20,000 grains of rice. Wow! We're speechless!" After every ten thousand grains thereafter, the message "Wow! We're STILL speechless!" will appear. The last message of encouragement appears when you reach 100,000: "You have donated 100,000 grains of rice. May you have a lifetime of happiness..." and then the donation comes back at 0 grains.The difficulty of each displayed word is measured from 1 (easy) to 60 (very hard). The game begins with four introductory definitions to set an initial vocabulary level. From the fifth question onward, three consecutive correct responses raise the difficulty level by one. Every incorrect answer lowers the level by one. Users can play for as long as they wish. The game determines difficulty level dynamically by analyzing the results from all users' game play.A speaker icon has been added to each definition to provide an audio pronunciation of the word.How its possiblen exchange for advertisements on the website, various sponsors donate the money necessary to pay for the rice and other costs to run FreeRice. The donations are distributed by the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP), starting with Bangladesh in early 2008. By this time, the site's creator had given over $213,000 to the WFP which encourages people to visit FreeRice.com.For example, On 20 November the WFP launched a campaign to 'feed a child for Thanksgiving'.Has it Worked?One month after the inception of the viral marketing program, users had earned enough points for one billion grains of rice. The United Nation's World Food Programme stated that this amount could feed 50,000 people for one day. Thus, approximately 20,000 grains of rice provide enough caloric intake to sustain an adult for one day. Using this calculation, enough rice is donated to feed about 7,000 people daily. In its first six months of operation, FreeRice donated over 25 billion grains of rice.I think its a great cause, and truly a noble deed. So, when you're bored, instead of playing solitaire because you need something to do, why not help feed those who truly need something?By helping this cause, you are also helping yourself. Since the game consists of word definitions, you might be suprised

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago


USMC Vertical Marathon - 24th April 2010 - UPDATED - we did it

This may be of interest to some of you that climb and walk or love being outdoors. I'm a member of the University of Surrey Mountaineering Club. On April 24th we are planning to have our second ever Vertical Marathon, a charity event during which between 30-50 of us we will attempt to climb just over 26 miles.... UP! The event will be held at the newly opened Surrey Sports Park climbing wall where we will each have to climb about 80 of the 10m routes. We are raising money for the Mountain Rescue Council (MRC). In 2007 we raised £3995. This year we're aiming to hit £5000. The MRC was chosen because of the Club’s regular trips to mountainous areas and the USMC's recognition of the vital role fulfilled by the Mountain Rescue teams. It is hoped that the Vertical Marathon 2010 and similar challenges will encourage newcomers to the sport, raise awareness for the Mountain Rescue Council involved and put a smile on people’s faces. The MRC do a LOT of great work with very little funds, and not just for climbers. If you'd like to sponsor us, our just giving page is here. If you'd like to read a little more about how the money would be spent first, here is the MRC's page on how donations are spent. Thanks. Wish me/us luck!

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago


Charity Shops - A Bountiful Haven for Project Parts

I've been a member of Instructables for some time now, and browse the site daily, but I have never really engaged in the Community, So this is my First Community Post!I wanted to share with you a great source of Parts for all you projects, ideas, plans and schemes. Charity Shops! Any decent sized town or city will have at least one, if not several different charity shops which are almost all run by volunteers. These shops get hundreds of items donated to them each week, all of which have to be catalogued, tested, cleaned, priced and sold. Working as a volunteer in one of these shops not only helps a worthy charity, it can also give you experience in fixing/testing electronics and other items. And typically, you can have your pick of any items deemed unsuitable for sale, which would otherwise be binned. These shops are almost always desperate for Volunteers, and will be happy to have new people to help.Charity Shop - Do's and Don'tsDoHelp out because you want to help the charity, this is not just for freebies!Donate any of your old or unwanted items/clothes/books to the shop.Volunteer as many hours as you can.Get to know the other Volunteers, these are your coworkers, treat them with respect.Don'tExpect to take things, ask politely and ensure that is is OK with your supervisor.Take too much, take only what you need, this isn't a free for all.Be annoyed if nothing turns up in the first few weeks, You're helping a worthy charity, freebies are only an added bonus.Personally I work in Save the Children which has a local shop in my town. I typically worked for several hours on a Wednesday afternoon, as an initiative within my School. I also worked Saturday mornings, and ran collections whenever they were required. All of the other volunteers are really friendly, it is a great source for components for my projects, they have an extensive book selection, and I can use my two years experience there as Retail Experience for Job Applications. In my two years of Volunteering, I have been given/salvaged a lot of awesome things, but there are a few highlights:> Full Size Projector Screen - Almost New Condition, amazing for Movies/Games> Mini-Television - Given to me because they could not Sell it, Works perfectly, with all Cables> Numerous broken Electronic Toys - Great source of Components>Board Game Parts - Scrabble Tiles, Dice, Game Pieces - Great for Craft Projects/SparesI hope that you have found this information useful, and I hope that you go out and help a worthy charity near you.Best of Luck, Tj Cosgrove

Posted by cosgrove 9 years ago


Quilt-in for charity

Want to make beautiful quilts for charity? Host a quilt-in event! Author auntwrenny tells us how the Crafting for Charity Club holds a quilt-in every year, getting a bunch of crafters together to make quilts for groups in need.  This past year, they made an incredible 15 quilts in 12 hours, then distributed the quilts to homeless people in the Des Moines area. See the Instructable for suggestions on publicizing, organizing, and running your own quilt-in!  Auntwrenny covers everything from soliciting donations, setting up different quilt-making stations, great jobs for kids, and the importance of keeping your volunteers well-fed! Inspired?  Want to run your own event?  Have other great ideas for charitable crafting? Be sure to leave a question or comment on the Quilt-In Instructable! This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

Posted by canida 8 years ago


Donate Your RV

Hello Guys, Donating a recreational vehicle to charity helps an organization and can result in a tax benefit for you, the donor. The Internal Revenue Service allows taxpayers a deduction for donating vehicles, including RVs, to certain charities. Special rules, however, apply to these donations and can affect the amount of your deduction. Find a charity that is qualified to receive tax-deductible donations and that accepts RV donations. Many charities, including churches, youth clubs and homeless shelters, seek vehicle donations, either for their own use or for resale. Thanks a lot! Tim Boon http://www.carsforprostatecancer.org/

Posted by TimBoon 5 years ago


INSTRUCTABLE COMMUNITY! see if one of your instructables can help someone in a developing nation. Building for a good cause!

I saw this website called honeybee, Anyone who likes to solve problems using everyday things or inventing new things. Check this out This is a list of problems people have in developing nations they need help building constructing and recycling tools and machines to help them in there everyday lives, I have read them and i think the inscrutable community could really help there cause. take a look see if you made something that they need. http://www.sristi.org/hbnew/seeking_solution.php video about it http://www.ted.com/talks/anil_gupta_india_s_hidden_hotbeds_of_invention.html here's there about us   WHO ARE WE? Honey Bee Network is a crucible of like-minded individuals, innovators, farmers, scholars, academicians, policy makers, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). A Network having presence in more than seventy five countries, what has made Honey Bee Network tight knit and efficiently functional is its philosophy. Honey Bee signifies a philosophy of discourse, which is authentic, accountable and fair. The Network has been woven around three basic ideals. The Network believes that a knowledge system in order to become sustainable has to be both just and fair. Hence, while collecting knowledge from the knowledge holder, the Network has made it a norm to acknowledge the knowledge provider with name and reference, if otherwise not desired by the knowledge provider. This particular practice has come handy in protecting the IPR of the knowledge provider. In the second place, the source of knowledge i.e. in the case of Honey Bee Network, the traditional knowledge holders and grassroots innovators must be acknowledged, if otherwise desired so by the knowledge holders themselves. Finally, any proceed that accrues from the value addition of local traditional knowledge and innovation; a fair and reasonable share must go back to the knowledge holders. These have been the guiding principles of the Network, which are fundamental to the functioning of the network and constitute the major non-negotiable for the Network. WHAT ARE WE DOING? Over the last sixteen years or so, the Honey Bee Network has lived the very spirit of the philosophy that it holds so dearly. Moreover, the actions that have followed the philosophy have grown and matured over a period of time and their trajectory of maturation has been based upon the strong realization of the essence of the philosophy. ‘Honey Bee’ Newsletter, the creative mouthpiece of the network, is published in seven Indian languages (Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Oriya) other than English. The very logic tells that any documentation and dissemination of local and traditional knowledge and innovations in English, certainly connects us globally but alienates locally. Living out the concern, the regional language versions reach out to the thousands grassroots knowledge holders, who otherwise would have been alienated from the benefits of knowledge, they themselves contribute in the first place. Acknowledging the very source of the traditional knowledge, the Honey Bee Newsletter and its regional versions carry stories of the local ingenuity with the consent of the knowledge holder. Another source of acknowledging the local genius has been preparing the database of the traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations and Honey Bee Network, over the last twenty years has documented more than 1,00,000 ideas, innovations and traditional knowledge practices. Honey Bee, true to its metaphor, has been the source of pollination and cross-pollination of ideas, creativity and grassroots genius, without taking away the nectar from the flower for ever.

Posted by LoganMackey 8 years ago


I'm new please help- IR sensors and programming sounds

Hi,  I'm a product design student , trying to make a charity box, which has six slots on the top, depending on what slot the coin or notes go into it needs to make a different sound. I've attached a picture of my first soft model. Can anyone point me in the right direction of what I need to read/ buy to start making this model work? Thanks a bundle!  Ella

Posted by Agony Aunt Ella 5 years ago


check this out! big penny strcuture

This guy is LOADED. and bored. too much time on his hands.edit: see more at http://www.fincher.org/Misc/Pennies/Sent3b.shtmledit2: this guy was making this for charity NOT for himselfFrom Marcelo Bezos at pennypyramidproject.com.I recently built a World Record Penny Pyramid using over 289,000 pennies. I'm currently adding more coins to the pyramid in an attempt to reach the 1,000,000 penny mark by August of next year,Marcelo is raising money for a charity to raise awareness of Colorectal Cancer.

Posted by ich bin ein pyro 10 years ago


Bike Boat needs some help

Hi, fora raft race contest for charity i would like to design something like this:http://www.edenvillage.com/Pond%20and%20Grounds/bike_boat.jpgfor two people!It has to be made from bits that can be readily available and for not too much moneys because the more cash that goes into the build the less there will be for the charity organising the event.Just wondering if anyone had any ideas, mostly for building the wheels, as, i hope the frame can be made from a modified bike.Thanks

Posted by drummer ian 10 years ago


It's late for the contest, but...

There's a steampunk egg containing a pendant on ebay.Nice little item, and part of the proceeds go to charity, so I don't feel spammy advertising it.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


If you had $1,000,000

If you had $1,000,000 that you couldn't spend but had to give away (to a non-realitive) who or what would you give it to. Whether its a charity or a company or whatever be creative.

Posted by ThePregergater 5 years ago


Robotics Workshop, wed Sep 10, Manhattan NY

I'm teaching a robotics workshop for charity in manhattan on wednesday Sep 10th:http://newyork.going.com/event-381048;Robot_Building_Workshop_Learn_and_Build-Lee

Posted by leevonk 10 years ago


Firefox and Ebay etched MacBook

Check out this laser-etched MacBook that was auctioned for charity. Tetranitrate used our new Versa Laser to etch the Firefox and Ebay logos (as requested by the auction winner). More here on the Spread Firefox blog.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


£255 for a t-shirt??

Heads up on a really important ebay auction, ending in a few hours. The BBC are raising funds for their new wildlife charity with an auction of favours, trips out with the stars and unique items (such as the sofa from Springwatch). Go. Look. Spend.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


LED Floaties fundraiser

I've heard so much about LED floaties,throwies,and everything else. But, I was thinking this could be used at a community cookout or something like that as a fundraiser. People buy an LED item and release it. Money could go to charity or fund. Any thoughts?

Posted by ry25920 10 years ago


Long Distance Skateboarding

My name's Bam, my team and I created Skatefurther, a community for long distance skateboarders. We've managed to raise well over $20,000 for a range of charities so far. Interested? Check out the forums and get on a board!

Posted by Bam Bam 10 years ago


fastest raft

Hi ppl, im making a raft for a charity raft race and was wondering if anyone had some design ideas. I want it to be the fastest thing in the water and want to know how this can easily be achieve using fairly readily available materials? The raft will have to hold 2 people, and will probably be powered by pedalling. Any ideas?

Posted by drummer ian 10 years ago


Job suggestions for a 13 year old.

I was wondering what other jobs a 13 year old could do besides newspaper delivery? Because right now I am only getting paid $100 a month. Are there any other suggestions for a job that pays me enough money so I can give to charity and keep some for myself also?

Posted by Lemon-Duck 9 years ago


Bettering yourself everyday

What do you do as a Christian to better yourself everyday? give to charity? read your bible? pray to God? learn new skills? preach in his name? etc... there are many things we can do to praise God being yourself is a good way to praise God what are ways you better yourself? share instructables and experiences in this thread about all around bettering yourself and becoming more skilled.....

Posted by thaicares 7 years ago


Honus- Finalist

Honus is a finalist in the Laser Cutter Challenge for:How to make a Green Lantern ring-including a glowing version!This is a forum post created by Instructables on behalf of the finalist. Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Check out all the finalists in the master list or in theLaser Cutter Finalists Group! I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for being considered a finalist- this is a great site with a tremendous amount of knowledge, talent and inspiration for individuals like myself that want to create as well as learn from others. There were so many great entries (350!) in this contest that if you haven't perused the entire group, please do so- there's something for everyone! As for my own entry, after reading through it you may discover that the beauty of learning this mold and pattern making process is that you can then make all sorts of custom resin castings, which makes for some pretty cool projects like custom cases for electronics projects, custom resin cast jewelry or that special part you need to create for your own project. You're only really limited by your imagination!And since people ask "what would YOU do with a laser cutter?" this the proposal I came up with according to the original rules (I had posted this a while back in the forums)-It is important to me as it has to do with how I feel as a community we can have a really positive impact in the world not just by offering our instructables but by directly helping those in need and at the same time promoting ourselves and this site. I think it's a neat idea and while I'm sure there would need to be some tweaks here and there I believe the overall idea itself is sound.My idea would be to start a laser service- with a twist.Let's say someone posts an instructable in the laser group that requires the use of the laser for their project. I would provide that at a given cost based on the complexity of the job- let's just say $40. From that $40, 20% would go into a Paypal/bank account to be held seperately for a charity.Now let's say that person wants duplicates for themselves to sell on eBay or wherever. I would do this at a reduced cost, say $30. This is because the setup work has already been done. Now 25% of the money goes into the charity account.Now let's say that someone reads the original instructable and wants to create the item for themselves. It would cost them $40 but now $5 goes back to the creator of the instructable and still 20% goes into the charity account.When the charity account reaches $500 everyone that has posted an instructable in the laser group votes on where the money goes- it can be a school, Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, needy family, scholarship fund, etc. but it will have to be limited to a few choices during every voting session. The money is then donated in the name of Instructables.com -everyone that creates something here gets to see their projects create a direct impact on the world around them in the form of this charity donation.The original creator of the instructable also gets $5 every time their instructable is used to create a product that they designed!Well that's my idea- I know the rules concerning the contest have changed but I'm still going to do this anyway if I'm lucky enough to win. That's been my plan all along and I think it's something that benefits everyone and I'm sticking to it! :DThanks!!And for those interested, more of my instructables are here: https://www.instructables.com/tag/?limit%3Atype%3Ainstructable=on&sort;=none&q;=Honus

Posted by Honus 11 years ago


Another British Contribution to the World's Cultural Richness

For the clarification of our colonial readers, "pants" are what British people wear under "trousers". From the BBC: A South Tyneside man is claiming the world record for wearing the most pairs of underpants at the same time. Gary Craig from Whitburn put on 211 pairs - 11 more than the current official record of 200. The 51-year-old, who has dubbed himself the Geordie Pantsman, completed the task in 25 minutes. By the end, he said he looked like a "giant tennis ball". He began by putting on a pair of 40-inch underpants (size large) and finished with a 60-inch (size 4XL) pair. Speaking afterwards, he said: "It feels pretty sore at the minute but I'm just absolutely delighted. "I wanted to really crack it and give the Australians something to think about. I deliberately went one over the 10 just to make sure." He added: "The great thing was I had lots of people there to support me and that made a big difference. "I felt like if I'd had more pants I could have carried on." Mr Craig has so far raised about £3,000 for the St. Simon's Drop-in Centre for the unemployed and underprivileged in South Shields, as well as the Cancer Connections charity. Gary's own website, with link to donate to the charities concerned.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


World's Largest Guitar Pedalboard, 2009

What happens when you bring several guitarists and 147 stompboxes together?Well, you set a record, raise money for charity and probably create sonic chaos. Here's the flickr set.From the Tonefreq blog (despite the press release date, this record was set July 16, 09):Nashville, Tennessee - 6/10/09 Nashville radio personality Aljon Go throws a party to break last year's record of the world's largest pedal board and raise money for the National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Posted by gmoon 9 years ago


Is GoFundMe a good trusty crowdfunding site?

I just want to know if GoFundMe is safe? Is there any frauds that I should be aware of? I know your project will not be seen unless you share the link but I don't mind. I wanted to use Kickstarter but it's only in the US and you need to give a reward. Indiegogo can be used for charity causes but they Take $25 off the final amount for users out of the US. GoFundMe takes 0.30 Cents per donations so it might not be too good? Please let me know what you think. :)

Posted by Electrospark 3 years ago


Job Opportunity for Gardeners and DIY Projects

We are looking to hire instructables authors who specialize in gardening and DIY crafts!  Sure. It is nice to give to charity.  It is nice to share with the world.  But its also nice to take your wife out to a nice dinner now and then.  It is nice to be able to fill your gas tank.  It is nice to have nice things. Now, you can always take that do-it-yourself article you worked so hard on and post it someplace like Instructables.com. It will help people out, so it is kind of like giving to charity.  It is nice to give to charity. However, you could take that same article, post it at DIYG ( http://diygardener.net/), and get PAID FOR IT.  People can still read it for free on DIYG, so you are still helping them out.  Only now, you are helping your wallet out, too! Not only that, but if readers like your work-then you get a long term position as a paid blogger for the site. Sounds good doesnt it? Instructables is making excuses when asked about paying you. I have heard of everything from providing a community with free information to other watered down excuses. If you join the DIYG community you will not only be joining a great group of people, youll also have the opportunity to generate money for your next project by posting your guides. Doesnt that sound better than exchanging your work for nothing? It is a win win situation for you with DIYG. You sign up, you have a good time with us, you share your content, and you can get paid while having fun with us. There is nothing to lose here, but there is a whole lot to gain. You lose the frustration of complaining to site owners who dont have your interest at heart. Hey, if this site is going to make money off your work, you may as well get paid for it. You still get the satisfaction of sharing your content with others but you get paid for it this time! Stop giving your precious work away for FREE to a changing environment. Start earning some extra cash by becoming a part of the growing DIYG community. Come check out DIYG at http://diygardener.net, look around for a while.  If you like the place, you can add to it and at the same time we add to your bank account.   Feel free to contact us back at syncronox@gmail.com if you are interested in getting paid to write what you are passionate about!

Posted by syncronox 5 years ago


HELP?! I need some advice on chair restoration!

I have spotted this chair in a charity shop, I have been looking for a similar style to this for my flat to restore/up-cycle. I plan to either have the cushion restored or to recover in a soft furnishing for a different look However... I am a total novice to this kind of this so I was just wondering: 1. What I should pay for a chair like this, in this condition? 2. How much would it cost to reupholster both DIY & by a professional? 3. How much it would be worth when finished? Any help and advice given would be much appreciated, as I really am unsure! Thanks!

Posted by beccajames7 4 years ago


Woodworking question

Newbie here... I am new to this, and new to woodworking too. Having put up a few shelves lately to house my many books, I decided that a nice prectical hobby was what I needed, and now I am 50, I have a bit of cash to spend on some decent tools. I have in mind to make some small things at home, and intend to keep some for my own use and donate the rest to charity shops to raise funds for good causes. I have in my possession a cheeseboard, and want to make my own. It has a cambered edge, not a flat one, and I wondered how to go about making one. how do I get a cambered edge? Any tips on useful tools and techniques appreciated.

Posted by Minto Grubb 11 years ago


The man in the hat...

I just had a sort out, and collected all my Pratchett books into one place. I got a shock.I have seventy-six Pratchett books, most hardback (Except for Faust Eric, which never came in a hardback), many first editions, and forty-nine of them signed by Terry!.Yet I don't consider myself a Pratchett-nerd, or even particularly a collector, since I don't collect the stamps, I only have a couple of tee-shirts, and I haven't been in any of his books*.Anybody else got similarly famous non-collections?*I have a friend who paid several thousand pounds to charity for his partner to appear as a character in Night Watch.

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


what should a hotel General Manager do with all the forgotten Cell phone chargers

I'm a General Manager at a hotel and have worked at a number of different hotels through the years. Every place I've ever worked there is always a huge bin of long lost cell phone chargers. We've looked at donating them to charities but haven't found anyone in need or a use for them. I've used some in the past for projects. Is there any other uses for these or a place that people could use them. As a service to our guests we always keep a few around for the guests that forgot theirs at home but we always have more then we would ever use for that purpose.

Posted by dag4415 9 years ago


SF Clothing Swap at CELLspace

This Saturday, January 19th, there's a clothing swap at CELLspace in San Francisco.From the swapsf website:What: Sweet! The first clothing swap of 2008!When: Saturday, January 19th, noon-3pmWhere: CELLspace (2050 Bryant St. between 18th & 19th) map How Much: $5 ($10 without clothes)Featuring: Mountains of well-organized clothing swappage! $2 wine & Trumer Pils! On-site screenprinting & tailoring! Tasty beats by poolboy & d (4handed)! Free Meth Coffee (BYOC, otherwise $2)! Absinthe candy by Lit Lollipops! Other stuff as it comes up! Leftover clothing will be donated to local charities, including Dolores Street Community Services, A Safe Place for Women, and The Stop AIDS Project.

Posted by canida 10 years ago


Get Car Dealers to Donate Cars

Hello Friends, Car donations can be a good source of added income for many non-profit organizations. What amounts to a tax write-off for many dealerships can be turned around and sold so the charities can increase their ability to help their causes. If you are interested in getting an automobile donation, asking a dealership to donate may be a good option. Calculate all the facts and figures before you even contact a dealership about getting a donation. Car dealers are traditionally bottom-line oriented people. This means they understand numbers well. If you can show what your operating budget and expenses are and how a donation can be a financial help to you and how the tax break will help the dealer, you will be better off. Best Regards Tim Boon Donating Cars

Posted by TimBoon 5 years ago


Cyclist Rides Around the World in 195 Days

In 195 days and six hours, Mark Beaumont rode around the world on a bicycle, totally destroying the previous record of 276 days.Some data: - He ate 6,000 calories a day. Since he's a vegetarian, most of that was plant-based, but he did eat some meat to keep his energy up. - His bike was worth almost $5,000 - He carried 176 pounds of gear, including a tent and a video camera to keep fans updated - He had gear stolen once by crack addicts in a motel - He hopes to have raised 18,000 pounds for charity. - Scariest bit was riding in Istanbul, a city of 15 million. - He rode through 20 countries - Was knocked off his bike once by a driver who ran a red light. linkvia treehugger

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Star defense fund

As you may have read here, Instructables author stasterisk was arrested at Boston's Logan airport for having a breadboard, LEDs, and a battery on her sweatshirt. Many Instructables members have inquired about helping her out in any way they can, so here's one way you can help:You can donate via Paypal to stares (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also send her a check directly. Send me a private message for her address if you'd like to donate via mail. You can also buy a t-shirt to show you support. Click here for details.Currently, she has $500 in expenses related to things like court fees. I'll keep this post updated with any further expenses.Should she receive more money than expenses, the remaining will be donated to a charity (I have suggested the ACLU).

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Boom-box ambulance

An emergency siren that alerts drivers by making their vehicles vibrate is being tested by doctors in Hampshire, England.The Howler is being used by BASICS Hampshire, a charity made up of 20 volunteer medics who attend about 750 road traffic accidents every year. The Howler sends out low bass sound that makes the car in front "shake".Dr Rob Dawes, a volunteer doctor whose full-time job is as an hospital anaesthetist and military doctor, said people get out of the way quicker when the device is used.He said: "The main problem is on the motorways where people can't hear the sirens or see you, because often they either don't look in the mirrors or they've got the radio on quite loud."What this new siren aims to do is, because they can't see you and they can't hear you, we hope that they'll be able to feel you." BBC Story.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Rook Card Game: Can anyone make an easy to follow Dummies guide to playing Rook for me?

Hiya, I picked up a set of Rook cards in a charity store today and decided it would be a cool game to play.... After doing abit of digging online... i can't find anything that gives you the basics in clear English... i swear every video on youtube about it is in Southern American which being English makes it REALLY difficult to understand let alone follow... I'm wanting to play both the two player and four player (to start) once i get the ground work i will be able to work it out myself... apparently the game is like hearts and bridge? both of which i have never played... so can someone please write me a clear and concise step by step instruction on how to play the game? Thanks Chaps Biggsy

Posted by Biggsy 6 years ago


NGOs I can approach for sponsorship, regarding my solar project?

As I mentioned in the post for the Sunflower, I'm going to b spending the next year or two traveling around teaching people and communities how to generate and integrate solar energy into their local needs, pretty much for free. I've got a bit of money saved to pay for this if necessary, but was ideally hoping to get some kind of grant or sponsorship just to cover my cost of living, which would probabaly come to about £5000 / US$8000 over two years. I have a very low cost of living. Does anyone know of any NGOs / charities / etc I could approach for this? I'm not really needing or offering anything other than the cash to cover my expenses. I can name drop and put a logo on my website and all that, they wouldn't need to really do much of anything other than sling me the cash, safe in the knowledge that they were instrumental in bringing free solar energy to anyone who wants it. Cheers, Daniel.

Posted by SolarFlower_org 9 years ago


Craft project ideas for hospitalized patients

The mission of The Crafting for Charity Club is to assist other charitable organizations and nonprofit groups by providing craft skills education and organizing the creation of handmade arts and crafts. That being said, we have been asked to make craft kits and teach craft skills to bed ridden patients at a local hospital. This will be a long-term thing for us and we need as many ideas as we can get. Another thing we need to consider is projects for parents to work on with their kids. We've got the following ideas so far: scrapbook kits crocheting knitting card making embroidery/cross stitch making games jewelry We've been told we could even make playdough and silly putty! While we have general ideas, we could use as much help as we can get for specific instructions. This isn't something we're going to sell these things, they are purely for use in charitable purposes. That being said, we will likely post our patterns in our members only section of our website.

Posted by auntwrenny 8 years ago


Looking for any and all ideas/advice for building my own eco home on the cheap

Hi, I am looking for any and all info related to building my own low cost eco house. Off grid if possible. I moved to France last year and purchased a 1 Ha piece of land. I had a good job and the world was our oyster. Then, on Friday the 13th, 2013 I lost my job. I also lost everything we owned in the world when it burned to the ground along with the storage facility it was in - and almost no insurance. This all happened within 90 minutes. I am not looking for sympathy or charity, just good advice. My wife and I are not going to give up on the dream, we just need to chase it on a much reduced budget!   Currently I am clearing the 2 acres (1 Hectare) which is overgrown with about 3000 pine trees, and, thorn bushes that are 3-4 yards tall in some places. I hope there are some fellow dreamers here willing to share their ideas, designs, experience and knowledge. Thanks so much.

Posted by thoughtfission 4 years ago


How to Design Flash Games?

Hey Everyone, I have recently been made redundant from my job and have decided to work on my IT Skills.   I have a huge interest in website development and have joined the freelance.com and peopleperhour.com websites which are for people who want to post projects and look for work.  To enable myself to get any clients I will need to build up a portfolio - I am fairly new to web design and have been using the Serif applications as well as general html coding in notepad and a have some experience in MS FrontPage and Dreamweaver.  I am working on a website for myself which will be used as a sample site for my portfolio - It is for an animal welfare charity and will include competitions, product info, events etc.  I want to aim the website at children and young people, it will be an organisation that can help children develop their key skills such as communication, team leading, motivational and discipline.  Sorry for the long introduction - Anyways I was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to give me some guidance on how to create multimedia games - simple flash games that can get children to interact and learn Thank you Kind Regards Michelle Edwards

Posted by medwards14 6 years ago


Starting a community to trade your old cables, electronic components or computer parts

Dear all, We are a small company located in Singapore and we are starting a community for the trading and reselling of your old and unwanted cables, electronic components or computer parts that are lying around your house. So help us do our part for mother earth by visiting the following link:-  http://sites.google.com/site/ventincrecables/green-ventincre As a start and due to the lack of funding, we will temporary use google group to host all advertisement postings. Hopefully, as we move along, more funding will start flowing in to enable us to utilize a better platform like tal.ki so that more people would be able to take part in this small project that we have. We will be really grateful if you can join this community by posting your advertisements and also, donating funds from time to time as these are crucial for the survival of this community. Our future plans would be to include the donation of computers and laptops to communities in developing countries, charities or schools. Do feel free to drop us an email at needitbadly@gmail.com should you have any queries or suggestions. Yours Sincerely, Ventincre!

Posted by needitbadly 8 years ago


Mechanical washing machine.

I work for a charity with Aboriginal Australians in the remote outback of Australia, a place called Arnhem land, it is worth a google. People need washing machines, they buy them, they break , even with warranty cover, they can not be fixed as no service men will come here to service them, we are too remote.  Houses here have about 20 people living in them, there is no work here and people live on small government payments which are not enough to cover daily expenses. Due to the difficulty in accquiring and maintaining a working washing machine, health issues such as Crusted Scabies have taken hold here, and cause much suffering. We can't erradicate the disease here without getting working washing machines. We need a solution, an easy to use, easy to fix washing machine. No electronics. Cold water only is fine. Possibly even hand operated, or wind operated (or other)  I found one which is a plastic  tub which turns with a handle and stands on two feet.  However the construction too flimsy, the tub not big enough for a bed sheet, it was green though. Didn't use electric power. Anyone have any ideas? Know any other sites I could post on to get ideas? Thanks : )

Posted by lisafromnz 6 years ago


link to parts in 'ble for easier search and categorisation

Hello fab fun instructable people, I would like to see instructables linked to their basic ingredients. This way, when I englishly search for vhs and get 1.5 pages of hits that don't have anything to do with vhs's, and then search for vcr and get over 5 pages of hits, I can instead... go to a page, and 1) look at the main basic ingredients that instructables are based upon, 2) reading through them at my leisure, and 3) can think up a new 'ble that has not been done before. Lets say this another way. Looking up at the menu bar, I would like to click a link that says ingredients, that will take me to a page, that will list 50 items (configurable from user profile) which are said to be the main components of an instructable. Clicking on one of these items will take me to another page, which will show that item/component with instructables that have chosen to build with that item/component. So here there will be a list of recipes with said ingredient in. From this list I should be able to read up on all the 'bles marked as having the american vcr tag, which may or may not also have the european tag of vhs. Can I say it again? Let me try. The way to do it with drupal: So if each 'ble is marked with a tag (taxonomy = drupal) this tag is a new field that is attached to each instructable. Each 'ble can have many tags. So this tag can be seen as being a multiple field of parts or ingredients which may be added to an 'ble listing, if he author wanted to be thorough. Next, a 'view' could be created listing all the tags/ingredients/parts used. This view is the main content, and could show on a page a number of items. Each item comprises of a picture of a generic item, item description and item title. The picture can be 48x48pixels, thus allowing for a good pageful of items. Users could have options in their profile to show number of items per page, and to show icon size preference, and say have a small icon view with the 48px icon view, and a medium with 120px, and a large with 200px, maybe for each page of results. So the results page is different from the item/category page. On this item page as on the results page will be the previous and next links, plus also the usual panels that exist on the side and the footer, and of course the header. Essentially the content is what the view is. Clicking on one of these items, will take a user to a search page, listing all items tagged with that specific term, i.e. vhs or vcr or both (you could put a rule saying tag anything with a tag of vcr with the vhs tag, or you could keep them separate, and have both items in the 'view', adding that one is americanised and the other is anglocised with some kind of footnotes). This may open up instructables to be multilingual at some point in the future too, if that was ever something to look forward to the future for. Now, somehting irrelevant to the above idea from happening: if you think I raise a valid point, cool, I would like to be put forward for charity membership, and have myself seen as exempt from having to pay for pro membership. I do not expect this. IDEA* this is another great thing you can add to the site. If possible, tell me so - and then I can make an instructable based on doing charity work not necessary for any return favours, but as an altruistic form of behaviour, and gain credit towards another kind of mem'ship, maybe even community service. I do a lot of charity work, helping others in need, and for people who would like to give but haven't enough to support themselves, or believe that people in Africa or elsewhere have more of a need than themselves getting pro mem'ship, I think that allowing people to have the option may solve grey areas, for instance, where some people who do not fit the 'pro' mold could fit into. I love this site, and I love you guys and girls for doing such a fab job. I wish I was part of the team. Hal p.s. Pro Members should be able to change their nicknames, or have more than one that is hidden from others.

Posted by Advocat 8 years ago


Timed Arduino, Solar Panel, Battery & 12V Pump HELP

Hi all, I'm a struggling to do a project in less than 1 week for a charity and wondering if the www can help. I'm a complete electronics/Arduino beginner so please break any suggestions down, thanks! The challenge: I need a little water pump to run for 3 seconds with a 10 minute pause completely off the grid 24/7 from a battery. I need the battery to be charged using a solar panel and hold enough storage to run 2 days without sunlight. An Arduino is also needed to change the duration and interval of the pump. What I know: The pump requires ~12v @ ~270mA (5W) and 64.8mAH (for 2 days of operation) (pump runs for 18s per hour = 0.05h per hour 0.05h x 270mA = 1.35mAH 1.35 x 48hrs = 64.8mAH) I also need to be able to take the battery on a flight so please recommend a suitable battery for the system (I was thinking maybe the Li-ion 18650? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/311727421481?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName;=STRK:MEBIDX:IT). Pump: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222223864810?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName;=STRK:MEBIDX:IT What is the simplest way to wire & code everything up? (Please also recommend any required components) Any help is much appreciated!

Posted by nikian.aghababaie 1 year ago


Austin schoolteacher who didn't believe Linux existed

From linuxlock:A teacher in Austin who threatened to report a local free-Linux-machines charity to the police because "there's no such thing as free software" and they had therefore deceived the student she caught distributing Linux disks in class.The teacher sent an email to the blog, which sparked this whole incident.The teacher's initial email: (Thanks, gmoon!)After confiscating the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them...Original Article which started the situationNew Article that clears things up

Posted by Keith-Kid 9 years ago