[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]The local app Xspero continues to inspire the local community to do good with everyday purchases. Denise Arrigo, a board member for the M25 Initiative, Code Blue Coalition volunteer and local resident, did an interview on SNJ Today’s morning radio show, the Positive Perspective, to talk about M25 Initiative’s mission and how Xspero is helping them help the community.
Xspero sells digital certificates redeemable at local businesses in the area. With every certificate purchase, 20 percent goes to the user’s nonprofit of choice, at no additional cost. The M25 Initiative, an organization that works to end homelessness in the area, is one of the many participating nonprofits listed in the app.
While on the Positive Perspective, Arrigo talked about ways to give to M25 Initiative such as donating money, signing up to volunteer and attending events. Arrigo was also asked about the Xspero app. “I’ve been using the Xspero app, and it’s such an easy way to give back a portion. It doesn’t cost me any money to use it,” she said.
The Xspero app not only empowers Arrigo and users alike to do good with every purchase, but it is encouraging them to explore the local community. “Not only is it an easy way to give, but I’m trying restaurants I might not normally have gone to. The other night I went to Five Points Restaurant, and it was wonderful. I thought to myself I should come here more often,” continued Arrigo.
As of March 3, Xspero users raised a total of $428 just for the M25 Initiative, without spending anything extra. According to their website, it costs $5 to house one homeless person for a night of Code Blue, and users earned enough money to house eighty-five people for one night.
And those users supported local businesses. Arrigo mentioned the businesses available in the app are excited to be part of Xspero. “It gets you trying new places, and the places that you go to are happy to help you out, and they’re glad to be able to contribute.”