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07
Feb

Giving App Launches to Meet the Needs of Douglas County Students

Purposity, a giving app that combines purpose with generosity has now launched in the Douglas County School System, giving the community an opportunity to meet the specific needs of deserving students. The platform allows everyone to be a philanthropist by connecting donors with Douglas County students in need.

Jill Smith, Homeless Outreach Facilitator for Douglas County Schools, says the school system often receives requests from community members asking how they can help a family in need. Beginning Monday, Purposity will help them meet 11 immediate needs in the school community.

Smith explains: “We have an immediate need for jackets, shirts, jeans, underwear, socks and shoes for several students. Purposity helps by sending out a text message to registered users alerting them to this real need. Community Good Samaritans can read their story and if that story speaks to them, respond by clicking a link, which will allow them to purchase the item for that student. ”  Smith says that link will direct them to the Amazon store, where users will purchase the item and have it shipped directly to the Douglas County School System, where it will be delivered to the student.

The first four pressing Purposity needs, three pairs of shoes and a winter jacket have been put in the hands of students. Smith says Purposity makes it easy for counselors and social workers to fulfill a student’s immediate need. Traditionally, when a student needed a little extra help, counselors and social workers had to identify the need, and then coordinate resources to source the item and arrange delivery of the item, which could often be a time-intensive process.

Blake Canterbury, the creator of Purposity founded the organization believing that everyone would help their neighbor if they knew that they were in need. Canterbury says Purposity is 100% vetted and creates the easiest way to be a Good Samaritan.  Canterbury explains: “Signing up to give is easy by signing up on the Purposity website and selecting Douglas County as an existing community of needs.  From there, you will receive a text message once a week with a specific physical need. You can read their story right from your phone and decide if you will help. “

Smith says 395 users have already signed up for Purposity.  “Purposity makes it easy, simple and provides people with a real direct way to help students. This could be a game changer for many of our students in need. “  To sign up, visit Purposity.com

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