Sarah Okon is the young, ambitious co-founder and creator of Giveo, an app working to change the way we define donation. Giveo is a cashless donation platform and marketplace that allows donations in more ways than just monetary. Whatever your talent or skill, you can “donate” it to a cause that moves you.
The platform facilitates the donation of anything that could potentially help someone else, be it money, goods or products or time. Giveo is a highly philanthropic app that gives a cause to anyone who wants to donate, no matter how small.
Okon started her business after moving from Poland to America as a teenager and realizing the differences in how different cultures responded to the influences of social media and online platforms. Fueled by her passion to give back, she set out to create an app that could help humanity and make it easier to connect with others in fruitful ways.
A recent graduate of Boston University majored in computer science and mathematics, which eventually allowed her to make the connection between an empathetic web culture and the promotion of ecologically driven solutions. Looking for ways to help others feel understood and supported by their community, Giveo was born.
When Okon is networking in her hometown of Boston, here are her top three picks for lunch spots!
For some of the best sustainably sourced seafood in town, head to Saltie Girl in Back Bay. This fun, lively restaurant is often packed, but the food is worth the wait with popular dishes like the fried lobster and waffles with spicy maple syrup; snow crab toast; and the Gloucester lobster roll.
The menu has an impressive selection of seafood towers piled high with oysters, lobster, crab and more; as well as a selection of New York-style smoked fish served with the classic combination of bagel and cream cheese. Unique to Saltie Girl is their wide range of canned seafood with everything from caviar and anchovies to sardines and octopus. It’s a great place to eat family style.
Located in downtown Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, this lively eatery offers contemporary Asian cuisine alongside innovative Japanese cocktails. The menu is eclectic, serving Asian street food with a twist, plus a global influence on flavors. The small plates are ideal for sharing. Popular dishes include the Wu-Tang tiger-style ribs with hoisin and Thai bbq; pork belly dumplings; duck fat fries and the salt and pepper calamari with jalapeno-lime aioli.
When it comes to cocktails, you can’t go wrong. From lofty classics like the mind-blowing Rolls Royce with gin and sweet vermouth, to unique libations like the Mistah Shojo with lime, pineapple, pecan, banana, rum and absinthe; or the That Green Drink with pandan, Thai basil gin, green chartreuse and green tea, there is something for everyone.
View on the roof
For a fun night out, Lookout Rooftop is unbeatable. With views of the Boston skyline and harbor, it’s a great, lively place to start an evening. During the day, it offers an all-day menu of light bites, including bang bang chicken wings with gochujang; chorizo jalapeno poppers; New England clam chowder with whole belly clams; cheeseburger sliders and more.
The rooftop bar has a selection of both top shelf classics and specialty cocktails with highlights such as the Mars Toast Almond with chocolate rum, Kahlua and Baileys; Watermelon Cooler with Cucumber Vodka; and the Kentucky Peach Tea.