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New social media page links Albany organizations with donors

The effort is an outgrowth from the Albany area Charity Selfie Challenge

This is a screen shot of the Albany Volunteer and Donation Information page that Kaley Hart of Albany created on Facebook to facilitate her Charity Selfie Challenge project to benefit Albany area charities.

This is a screen shot of the Albany Volunteer and Donation Information page that Kaley Hart of Albany created on Facebook to facilitate her Charity Selfie Challenge project to benefit Albany area charities.

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After launching the Charity Selfie Challenge on Monday, Kaley Hart, of Albany, has created a Facebook page dedicated to providing those who want to donate or volunteer with charities and organizations that need help. (Staff photo: Jim Hendricks)

ALBANY — An effort to raise awareness and funds for Albany area charities and nonprofit organizations has turned into the creation of a “one-stop shopping” web page dedicated to linking those who want to donate or volunteer with the organizations.

Kaley Hart, a veterinary assistant with Bush Animal Clinic, launched her social-media driven Charity Selfie Challenge on Monday.

Hart’s project — inspired by the viral ALS Association’s ice bucket challenge that had raised $100.9 million between July 29 and Friday compared to $2.8 million for the same period last year — is based on a popular online pastime — posting “selfie” photographs. In the Charity Selfie Challenge, the social media user posts a selfie and donates $10 to a local charity or performs volunteer work for a charity or nonprofit organization, and challenges others to do the same.

On Thursday, Hart created the Albany Volunteer and Donation Information page on Facebook. The idea, she said, was to facilitate the Selfie Challenge by linking donors to various worthy causes.

“Basically,” she said, “it’s a go-to page so you don’t have to go to six or more different websites around town.”

Hart said she’s checking various websites and tagging information in her news feed on the new Facebook page.

“I’m doing the work,” she said. “Everything’s in the same place”

She said she’s getting good responses to her Charity Selfie Challenge.

“I’m getting a lot of positive feedback,” she said. “I’m not getting as many selfies as I wanted yet, but I think people are going to do it.”

One side effect she hopes her challenge will have is a positive influence on young people.

“I think it’s a good thing for youth to do, too,” Hart said. That’s especially true for youth and teens who are looked up to by their peers, she said, because it’s an opportunity to have a positive influence on their friends and acquaintances.

“If they do it and they have some others who are looking up to them, maybe it’ll make them want to do it, too,” she said.