Congrats to Our Humor Month Contest Winners!

National Humor Month wrapped up last week, and we’d like to give a huge shout-out to our #LOL contest winners! We asked Skouters to post a picture of themselves laughing to the Buzz with the hashtag #LOL for a chance to win 500 Points.

There were too many fun entries to choose just one winner, so we chose four!

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Thank you to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for more contests and a chance to win SKOUT swag or Points!

Celebrate the Superhero in All of Us!

In celebration of National Superhero Day, we conducted a super-hero inspired survey with more than 4,000 Skouters asking them about their favorite superheros. We were overjoyed to learn three out of four members of the SKOUT community say helping others in need is what makes a superhero, and nearly 80% say they want to be a superhero in real life. Check out more super stats from our survey:

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America’s favorite superhero is…

  • Well, it depends on whom you ask... Women said Batman. Men said Superman.

Which supervillain wins the popularity contest?

  • Women prefer Catwoman and men prefer the Joker.

Batman and Robin are the best superhero BFFs.

  • More than half of people surveyed (53%) said Batman and Robin are their favorite superhero friends.
  • 19% said The Thing and Human Torch are their fave friend duo, 16% prefer Green Hornet and Kato, and 12% said the Wonder Twins make the best squad.

Immortality is the most wished for superpower.

  • When asked which superpower they wish they had, 1 out of 3 people surveyed said immortality.
  • 29% said the ability to fly, 22% said superhuman strength and 17% said superspeed.

The Batmobile is the best superhero ride.

  • 49% of people surveyed said they would pick the Batmobile if they could have any superhero vehicle.
  • 20% would choose Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane, 20% would prefer the X-Men’s Blackbird and 12% would pick The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty.

A mask is a must-have superhero accessory.

  • 57% of people surveyed said a mask is the most important superhero accessory, 19% said a cape, 14% said a ring, and 10% said a cool belt.

Nearly 80% of people want to be a superhero in real life. Here’s what it takes…

  • 44% of people surveyed said selflessness, 37% said no fear, 11% said technology and 8% said money.

GIVE A GIFT TO GRANT A WISH

Being a superhero in real life isn’t as far-fetched as people may think it is. In honor of National Superhero Day, we are partnering with Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area to grant a wish to a child in need of a superhero.

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In 2016 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area celebrates 32 years fulfilling magical wishes!

You can help Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area continue their incredible work granting wishes by giving your fellow Skouters a Superhero Gift! For every Superhero Gift given, SKOUT will make a donation to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area until we have reached our goal of granting a wish. Superhero Gifts can be found in the Superhero Day category of the Gift Store.

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Sending a Superhero Gift will help bring joy to a child who needs it more than ever. Help us make a wish come true for a child who needs a real-life superhero. Learn how to give a gift to a Skouter.

Inspired to do more? In addition to giving a Superhero Gift, you can donate directly to the cause and volunteer with your local chapter of Make-A-Wish!


WHAT SUPERHERO WOULD YOU KICK IT WITH?


REPRESENT YOUR SUPER SQUAD!

Is your squad worth superhero swag? Let’s find out! Post a picture of you and your squad with the hashtag #besuper to the Buzz. The Grand Prize winner will receive a SKOUT National Superhero Day T-shirt! Runners-up will get 500 points added to their account!

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WHAT’S IN STORE FOR SKOUT’S SUPER SQUAD?

Drumroll for SKOUT Leader Board Round 2!

SKOUT Leader Round 2 results are in! We asked more than 3,000 Skouters what they think makes a great member of the community. Skouters who share fun pictures, fill out their About Me and send virtual gifts to fellow Skouters, get the popularity vote. Check out this post for more details on what it takes to make the SKOUT Leader Board. Congratulations to the following Skouters!

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Do you think you should be in the Top 5? Try filling out your About Me section or post fewer selfies. If you think a fellow Skouter deserves to be in the Top 5, give him or her a Trophy Gift! Trophy Gifts are located in the SKOUT Leader category of the Gift Store.

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Congrats to the Top 5! Stay tuned for Round 3 of the SKOUT Leader Board! To view Round 1, click here.

New Friendship Gifts in the Gift Store!

Celebrate your SKOUT friendships by giving your favorite Skouters one of our new Friendship Gifts located in the Friendship category of the Gift Store! A small gift goes a long way when it comes to brightening someone’s day. Give a Gift to simply wish your friend a good day, cheer them up or even to say hello. Check out the Gift Store today!

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New to SKOUT? Learn how to give a gift!

Jade Cycles to Cure Cancer

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Skouter Jade’s New Year’s Resolution was to start cycling more, so she picked up a few extra spin classes at her gym, Equinox, which is how she was introduced to Cycle for Survival.

Jade was intrigued to learn 50 percent of all people with cancer are battling a rare form of cancer, but clinical trials and research studies are often underfunded. When she discovered 100 percent of Cycle for Survival funds go directly toward rare-cancer research, she knew she had to contribute.

“It was the perfect opportunity to both do good and get fit at the same time,” she says.

There are several different ways to participate in Cycle for Survival. Jade chose to ride in the Cycle for Survival Challenge, which automatically tallied how many miles she biked in any cycling class for one month. For every 10 miles biked, Equinox would donate $1.

“It was incredibly motivating and inspiring to be cycling alongside other people for a good cause, knowing that the more I pushed myself, the more I’d be helping in the fight against cancer,” she recalls.

Jade biked 305 miles and contributed a total of $30.50.

“Thousands of cyclists all across the country raised a record-breaking total of $30 million this year,” explains Jade with excitement.

Clearly, this is a cause millions can get on board with, and there are several ways to participate, including donating directly to the cause.

We commend Jade for her efforts to fight cancer!

Do you lend a helping hand to a charity or nonprofit? We’d love to hear about your volunteering efforts! Send us an email to successstories@skout.com. If we choose your story to post on our blog, we will add 500 Points to your account!

Skouter Ryan Grants Wishes to Support His Community

Ryan has been involved with several nonprofits, including Make-A-Wish and has participated in events such as the AIDS Walk and Light the Night. He’s been walking the Light the Night walk for a long time now, and the cause became even closer to him when he lost a good friend to lymphoma a few years back. He hopes that by walking for Light the Night, he can contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s goal of finding cures and ensuring access to treatment for all blood cancer patients.

As a wish granter and events volunteer for Make-A-Wish, he is able to see, firsthand, his contributions come to fruition.

“It brightens a sick child’s life by granting him or her a wish to travel somewhere, be someone for a day, meet someone or receive something special like a guitar. It makes me happy when I visit kids to decide on their wish and deliver the good news when it is approved,” says Ryan.

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And what does he hope to achieve from his efforts? Simply that warm, cuddly feeling. “I hope to achieve a sense of fulfillment in helping others and hope I will get help in return if I ever need it.”

Want to learn how you can contribute? Here are a few ways you can:

  • Donate to help grant wishes for children suffering from diseases.
  • Participate in an AIDS Walk near you or donate to their community.
  • Walk for Light the Night or donate to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation’s efforts to cure blood cancer.

Thank you for your efforts to help others, Ryan!

Whenever we hear stories of Skouters donating to their favorite charities and giving back to their communities, it makes us superproud to call them part of the SKOUT community -- so proud, in fact, that we share their story on our blog to inspire the rest of the SKOUT community to get involved with charities and nonprofits too!

If you’d like to share the story of your volunteer efforts with us, shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com. Should we choose your story to be on our blog, we will add 500 Points to your account!

Calling All Friendship Success Stories!

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What do Lady Toro and River, Lucas and Pongchuwala have in common? They all met great friends on SKOUT!

Have you met a good friend on SKOUT? If so, we want to hear your story! Shoot us an email to successstories@skout.com.

We are interested in what makes your SKOUT friendship special. Is your SKOUT friend the one you can talk to about any of your problems? Are they the person you share hilarious inside jokes with? Are you planning a trip to meet your SKOUT friend in person? We’re looking forward to hearing your story!

If we choose to feature your success story on the SKOUT blog, we will deposit 500 points to your account!

Celebrate the Importance of Laughter

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April 1 kicks off National Humor Month! We’re celebrating by emphasizing the importance of laughter in our everyday lives. It’s true -- laughter is the best medicine. Anyone who’s ever watched a cat video on YouTube after a bad day knows this. But, did you know laughing can help you make more friends?

After examining a sampling of Skouters’ profile pictures, we found Skouters who share a profile picture of themselves laughing have their profile favorited 404% more times and make 324% more connections with others than the average Skouter. Laughter is contagious, and it certainly seems like people want to be friends with someone who has a good sense of humor.

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In addition to reviewing profile pictures, we surveyed more than 3,000 Skouters throughout the U.S. to learn their thoughts on humor and friendship. Highlights from the survey include:

We crack ourselves up.

  • 75% of people surveyed think they are funny.
  • People with a witty sense of humor are most likely to think they are funny (81%).

We enjoy laughing with friends.

  • 94% of people surveyed say they enjoy making other people laugh.
  • People who say their style of humor is slapstick are most likely to enjoy making others laugh (98%).

Practical jokers attract more friends.

  • Practical jokers and people who say “bathroom humor” is their style are most likely to have five or more close friends.
  • Least likely to have five or more close friends are people with a sarcastic or self-deprecating sense of humor.

Not everyone laughs at clowns.

  • 30% of people surveyed say they are afraid of clowns.
  • People with a sarcastic sense of humor are most likely (37%) to be afraid of clowns.

Women will pass on the chick flick -- they prefer comedy films!

  • Comedy movies trumped all other genres among women surveyed, with 26% of women preferring comedy vs. 23% who prefer action-adventure, 21% who prefer horror and 18% who prefer romantic films.
  • While 43% of men said they prefer action-adventure, comedy came in as the second most popular genre (21%).

Looking to laugh it up with the locals? Here’s where to go...

  • New Yorkers and San Franciscans are most confident (83%) that they are funny.
  • Houstonians want you to have a good time -- 100% of Houstonians surveyed say they enjoy making others laugh. 98% of Angelenos and Atlantans say the same.

Cards Against Humanity is a popular game among people with large groups of friends.

  • More than 50% of people with 5 to 9 friends enjoy playing this card game with their friends.

FREE HUMOR MONTH GIFTS EVERY WEEK!

Throughout Humor Month, we’ll be giving away one of the following gifts each week: HAHA, JAJA, Laughing Monkey and Laughing Panda. These Gifts can be found in the Humor category of the Gift Store. Stay tuned for the free Gift of the week!

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The simple act of giving a Gift to a fellow Skouter can really brighten their day. Click here to learn how!

SHOW US YOUR BEST #LOL FACE

Let the data speak for itself! Skouters who have a profile picture of themselves laughing make more connections than those who don’t!

We want to see a picture of you laughing! Post a picture of yourself laughing to the Buzz with the hashtag #LOL. We’ll choose our favorites and give them 500 Points!

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF COMEDY FILMS!

SKOUT Leader Board Round 1!

A couple of weeks ago, we asked Skouters what characteristics make a SKOUT Leader. Here’s a refresher:

  • The majority of Skouters, about 35%, like when fellow members of the community ask how they are doing or give them a virtual gift.
  • 33% of Skouters enjoy when fellow members of the community share fun pictures instead of only posting selfies.
  • 32% of Skouters appreciate when fellow members of the community take the time to fill out their About Me section.

We also asked you to give those Skouters you think best represent the above traits a SKOUT Leader Trophy Gift. We tallied the results of who received the most Trophy Gifts.

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Do you think you should be in the Top 5? Try filling out your About Me section or post fewer selfies. If you think a fellow Skouter deserves to be in the Top 5, give him or her a Trophy Gift! Trophy Gifts are located in the SKOUT Leader category of the Gift Store.

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Congrats to the Top 5! Stay tuned for Round 2 of the SKOUT Leader Board!

Celebrate Love and Life During Holi

Today, March 24, marks the celebration of Holi - the festival of colors. A spring festival, primarily celebrated in India, Nepal and other regions of the world with a significant population of Hindus, Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil and is a means for many to forgive and forget, meet new people and enjoy life. During Holi, the streets come alive with vivid colors as festival goers douse one another with powdered color pigments while singing and dancing. The celebration itself is a work of art and a magnificent display of love and appreciation for the human spirit.

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Even if you’re not in a part of the world where Holi is celebrated, you can travel virtually to India and check out the festivities! Meet locals who partake in the festival and join the fun with them using SKOUT Travel.

Puppies, Puppies and More Puppies!

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Today may just be the best day of the year because it’s National Puppy Day! If you love puppies as much as we do, share the brand-new Puppy Dog Gift with your favorite Skouters. Puppy Dog Gifts are free all day during National Puppy Day! They can be found in the Animals category of the Gift Store.

We hope you enjoy the most adorable day ever! If you’re a cat person… there’s a day for that too. Please be patient.

Are you new to SKOUT? Learn how to give a gift to another Skouter.

Are You Skout's next Global Friendship Ambassador?

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College students can now apply for SKOUT’s unique Global Friendship Ambassador summer intern role! SKOUT is again offering this paid, eight-week summer internship position within its marketing department at SKOUT headquarters in San Francisco.

“Our app is used by millions of people across 180 countries, and the opportunity to serve as a Global Friendship Ambassador offers an incredible experience to work closely on fun marketing projects that reach our huge user base,” said Jane Barrett, Head of Marketing at SKOUT.

“Interning as SKOUT’s Global Friendship Ambassador last summer was a dream come true for me,” said Corey Whitaker, a junior at Lynchburg College. “The culture is really cool, I learned a lot with the assignments I was given, and I felt like the SKOUT team truly wanted me to succeed.”

The Global Friendship Ambassador role is well-suited for a creative, outgoing student who enjoys using social media, meeting new people and is interested in gaining hands-on experience in marketing within a fast-moving startup environment. He or she will work closely with mentors on SKOUT’s global marketing team on activities like daily in-app chatting with Skouters around the world, developing concepts for community contests, partnerships and virtual gifts, and creating content for social media campaigns.

To be eligible for the internship, candidates must be at least 19 years of age, enrolled in a four-year degree program in the U.S., and eligible to work in the U.S. To apply, candidates are invited to create a SKOUT ID and complete an online application by April 11, 2016. Visit the SKOUT Careers page to learn more about the Global Friendship Ambassador internship and apply.

How to Apply:

  1. If you have not already done so, download the SKOUT app and create a profile.
  2. Upload 3 pictures that illustrate why you are a good candidate for the Global Friendship Ambassador position add #GFAI to each image.
  3. Send your resume to gfai@skout.com.

Skouters Chow Down for #SkoutChips

National Potato Chip Day was on the 14th, and we asked all of you lovely Skouters to post a picture of yourselves with your favorite flavor of potato chips to the Buzz with the hashtag #SkoutChips. The Grand Prize winner will receive a super chic SKOUT National Potato Chip Day t-shirt, and the runner-up will get 500 Points added to their account! Congratulations to the winners!

Grand Prize Winner: “Snack time, Chitato Bbq flavour.” SkoutID: kikyo82

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Runner-Up: SkoutID: msthinkerhan

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Thanks for entering the contest, ladies!

We will be doing more hashtag contests, so keep an eye out for them!

SKOUT Success: Darrion and Stacey

In early December of 2015, Darrion sent Stacey a message after noticing her on the Buzz. He grabbed her attention by giving her some details about who he is, along with his hobbies, and they hit it off! They chatted for about two months before meeting in person. Darrion knew instantly after chatting with Stacey for the first time he wanted to be with her for the rest of his life. Darrion wrote us an email saying, “Thank you for uniting us, SKOUT!”

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Darrion!

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If you’ve met a friend or kindled a romance on SKOUT, we’d love to hear about it! Shoot us an email to successstories@skout.com.

Happy International Women's Day!

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In honor of International Women’s Day, we would like to recognize all the women in the SKOUT community for being you.

You are strong, confident, shy, sexy, modest, compassionate, brave, creative, smart, intuitive, hard-working, head-strong, a friend, a lover, a giver, a shaker… whatever you are, be yourself. Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you need to conceal who you are. Express yourself, stand up for yourself and be proud to be a woman!

Do you know any awesome ladies you’d like to appreciate today? Give them a gift! Click here to learn how. Happy International Women’s Day!

Are You A SKOUT Leader?

What makes a fantastic Skouter? Is it someone who fills out the About Me section of their profile or someone who posts more than just selfies? We asked more than 3,000 Skouters what they think makes a great member of the community. The results are in! Drumroll, please…

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There you have it!

  • The majority of Skouters, about 35%, like when fellow members of the community ask how they are doing or give them a virtual gift.
  • 33% of Skouters enjoy when fellow members of the community share fun pictures instead of only posting selfies.
  • 32% of Skouters appreciate when fellow members of the community take the time to fill out their About Me section.

How do you achieve SKOUT Leader status?

  • Start with adding a personal touch in your About Me section. Say something about yourself, where you’re from and what your interests are to give other members of the community some background about who you are.
  • Give Gifts to fellow Skouters! Not only are Gifts appreciated by the friends you’ve already made on SKOUT, but they’re a great way to break the ice with a new connection!
  • Boost your Buzz game! Remember to post more than just selfies, be positive and keep it classy. This Skouter’s Buzz game is on point. Take notes.

Remember SKOUT is all about social connections. You can make friends from your neck of the woods, or you can use SKOUT Travel to meet people from all over the world. Wherever you want to meet people, remember to follow the tips above to help you make the most friends.

Do you know a Skouter who deserves SKOUT Leader status? Give them a SKOUT Leader trophy! These trophies are located in the SKOUT Leader category of the Gift Store.

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New to giving a gift in SKOUT? Click here to learn how.

Celebrate National Potato Chip Day With SKOUT!

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National Potato Chip Day is on the 14th of March, and to celebrate, we surveyed more than 3,000 Skouters across the United States to find out what their favorite potato chip flavor reveals about them. Are you a Hot and Spicy chip lover or a BBQ chip lover? Find out what your chip preferences say about you!

96% of people say they like potato chips. Well, obviously people like potato chips… But, here’s the interesting part:

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Lime/Citrus chip lovers have the most friends!

  • 42% of people who prefer lime/citrus chips have 5 or more close friends.

Hot & Spicy in the bag = hot & spicy in the bedroom.

  • People who prefer hot and spicy chip flavors (including jalapeno, cajun and other spicy varieties) are most likely (47%) to say they are adventurous in the bedroom.
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Lime/Citrus chip lovers have the most sex!

  • 19% of people who prefer lime/citrus chips say they have sex every day!

Men are from Mars, and women and from Venus. Maybe so, but they have a couple of things in common when it comes to potato chips.

  • Males and females between the ages of 21 and 30 are fans of Hot and Spicy potato chips. And, according to the results above, this means they’re more adventurous in the bedroom!
  • Males and females over 50 prefer Plain chips. Perhaps the older you get, the more you think a potato should simply taste like a potato.

Some chip lovers hit the gym more than others…

  • Low/No Salt chip fans exercise most frequently, with 14% saying they do so every day.
  • Least likely to exercise at all are people who prefer Plain chips (28%) and Cheddar chips (26%).
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Late-night snacking, with Jimmy Fallon. When asked which late-night comedian they would most want to share a bag of chips with, Jimmy Fallon gained the most votes.

  • 39% for Jimmy Fallon
  • 22% for Jimmy Kimmel
  • 12% for Stephen Colbert
  • 11% for Seth Meyers
  • 7% for Trevor Noah
  • 5% each for John Oliver and James Corden

Speaking of personalities, let’s pop open a bag and see where the political chips fall…

Hillary – she’s all that and a bag of chips! When asked which Democratic candidate they would most want to share a bag of potato chips with, people (of all political persuasions) weighed in:

  • 57% of people say they would prefer to share a bag of chips with Hillary Clinton.
  • 43% of people say they would prefer to share a bag of chips with Bernie Sanders.
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On the Republican side, people most want to share their snack with Donald Trump.

  • When asked which Republican candidate they would most want to share a bag of potato chips with, Donald Trump got the most votes (33%) among people of all political persuasions. (As you can see below, when we conducted our survey the field of Republican contenders was wider than it is today.)
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The Republican potato chip flavor poll results are in…

  • Donald Trump fans are most likely to prefer BBQ chips.
  • Marco Rubio fans are most likely to prefer Lime/Citrus chips.
  • Ted Cruz fans are most likely to prefer Cheddar chips.
  • John Kasich fans are most likely to prefer No/Low Salt chips.

CURIOUS TO FIND OUT WHAT YOUR POTATO CHIP PREFERENCES SAY ABOUT YOU? TAKE THE QUIZ!

SKOUT CHIPS IN TO HELP THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FIGHT HUNGER

In honor of National Potato Chip Day, SKOUT is partnering with our local SF-Marin Food Bank to help our local community fight hunger. With the help of donations and volunteers, the SF-Marin Food Bank provides food assistance to an average of 30,000 homes a week across the San Francisco and Marin counties.

Did you know that 1 in 4 kids in San Francisco and Marin counties is at risk of hunger? Last year, Skouters helped us raise enough money to serve 10,000 children with the SF-Marin Food Bank in honor of National Grilled Cheese Day.

This year, you can help us double our goal to try to serve 20,000 children! On National Potato Chip Day, SKOUT will donate to the SF-Marin Food Bank every time you give a Potato Chip Gift to another Skouter. Potato Chip Gifts can be found in the Potato Chip Day category of the Gift Store. If you’re not sure how to give a gift to a Skouter, click here to learn.

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On March 3, SKOUT employees volunteered at the SF-Marin Food Bank to provide meals for families across both counties. In three hours, we packed 700 pounds of food. That’s the equivalent of 583 meals!

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Interested in how you can help fight hunger?

  • In the Bay Area? The SF-Marin Food Bank is always looking for volunteers! Check out their volunteering opportunities.
  • Don’t have time to volunteer? You can always donate! For every $1 you donate, the SF-Marin Food Bank can donate $5 worth of food!
  • If you don’t live in the Bay Area, find a local food bank near you to learn how you can help out your local community.

SKOUT helps you meet new people around the world, but we also want to help you connect with your local community. Find a food bank near you to learn about opportunities for you to help and make a difference.

WIN A NATIONAL POTATO CHIP DAY T-SHIRT FROM SKOUT!

Celebrate National Potato Chip Day with SKOUT! Post a picture of you or you and your friends eating your favorite flavor of potato chips to the Buzz with the hashtag #SkoutChips. The Grand Prize winner will receive a SKOUT National Potato Chip Day T-shirt! Runners-up will get 500 points added to their account!

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HAPPY NATIONAL POTATO CHIP DAY!

#SkoutLeap Winners Enjoy Their Extra Day!

Leap Day was on Monday, and we asked Skouters how they planned to enjoy their extra day by posting to the Buzz with the hashtag #SkoutLeap. Congrats to the winners, who each received 500 Points!

“My boyfriend and I will be celebrating our first month anniversary on the 29th. Guess what? I met him here on Skout! First month and counting.” - SkoutID: ladyrenner

“I’m going paragliding one more time on Leap Day.” - SkoutID: decodeme

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“I am planning to stay at a beach with my Mom; we'll just chill and relax. I just want to be with my Mom because I love her so much.” - SkoutID: llelizalde

“Hanging out with my friends!” - SkoutID: maudsilva

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SKOUT Success: Shirley and Blake

Shirley had been a member of SKOUT for only one week when Blake sent her a message back in January 2013. They began chatting, sparks flew and their friendship quickly developed into an online romance. Blake travelled from Louisiana to meet Shirley, who lived in the Philippines, seven months after they began chatting. They hit it off in person, and after Shirley had the chance to visit Blake in Louisiana a couple of times, Blake proposed in December 2014.

It’s been five months since they tied the knot, and they’re living happily in Louisiana. Congratulations, you two!

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If you’ve met the love of your life or a close friend on SKOUT, we’d love to hear from you! Shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com.