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Text Messaging App Helps the Homeless
Where many people are head-down, into their phones, messaging into the universe, one company saw an opportunity to do something good.
A new app from HandUp in conjunction with Project Homeless Connect, allows people to use their phones to text donations to a person in need.
It’s all a very simple process. Those in need sign up with Project Homeless connect. From there, members can pass out custom made cards to neighbors, passersby, friends or even family who want to help. On the card is a number that people can text which will then allow members to redeem the donations for basic needs, such as food, clothing and medical care.
The app’s creators are located in San Fransico, Calif., and the current members of the program are located in and around the various neighborhoods of the city. What the app does is provide a secure, safe platform to donate and know where the donations are going.
Members in the program have needs ranging from basic items, like clothing to help with transportation and rent. Some are even hoping to save for education, or just some household items. The items vary from person to person, but the need is all the same.
Mobile giving is not a new concept. With the proliferation of mobile device use, charitable organizations have begun tapping the power that is text messaging to have a further reach for donations. Because it is a familiar technology, people are more likely to use it to lend a buck or two towards something they believe in.
The American Red Cross has a number set up for disaster relief. Mobile users can text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to give $10, of which helps people affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes. Users can also text “PREVENT” to 90999 to give $10 to the Red Cross and help us vaccinate children against measles.
Direct mobile donations can only be made to organizations that have live mobile fundraising campaigns. In order to launch such a campaign, an organization can partner with a provider, such as Give by Cell, Connect2give, mGive, Mobile Commons or MobileCause.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi