Dalton Public Schools and Whitfield County Schools are partnering with Purposity, an app connecting users with needs in the school community. The partnership aims to match the unmet needs of students with the generosity of those in the community who have a sincere desire to help.
"When our social workers learned of a need -- like a student needed sneakers for schools -- they have reached out to gracious individuals and businesses who would help," said Pat Holloway, chief of staff of Dalton Public Schools. "But people in our community haven't had a way to connect with those needs and I'm sure there are generous individuals who would like to help students who have a real need."
Enter Purposity. Its name comes from purpose plus generosity, and it's designed to connect the individual needs of people with generous community members. The vision for Purposity is to connect people to doing good the way Facebook connects friends and Google connects individuals with information, all the while encouraging the next generation to live generously.
"This is a perfect opportunity for our community members to know and understand the needs here in Whitfield County," said Tracie Hogan Simmons, lead social worker for Whitfield County Schools. "This also allows our community to respond in a way that shows care and concern for our young people, which in turn makes our community stronger."
"We are excited to launch our district's partnership with Purposity," said Dalton Public Schools Superintendent Tim Scott. "We know that 75% of our students qualify for free and reduced meals so there are always opportunities to meet a real need for a struggling family. A number of school districts in Georgia and around the country are already using Purposity and have found that it provides an easy way for individuals to make a difference in a student's life."
The Purposity app sends a weekly notification to users with a need in their area. Needs range from items like shoes and jackets for a local student to small household items for a family that lost their home in a fire, with the ability to lend a hand in just a few clicks. It also features user profiles, which track donors' giving and allows them to see their impact. The company's vision takes aim at uniting neighbors and communities around purpose by easily connecting them with opportunities for generosity.
Those who sign up receive an alert with a link to a story of an individual in need and can then choose to meet that need right on their phone. The requested item is in the hands of the organization in just a few days. It takes one notification, under a minute, and a few clicks to make a difference for a fellow community member.
To join the movement to support Dalton Public Schools or Whitfield County Schools, download the app from the App Store or Google Play and follow the school districts.