In light of the recent developments of COVID-19, fear has prompted members of society to stock up on resources, restricting resources for the rest of society. In addition to the limited resources, members of society who are more susceptible to contracting the virus, including elderly and immunocompromised, are unable to leave their homes. Through its simple to use interface, this app was created with the intention of helping those with limited access to resources, by connecting them with those who can help.
What it does
HelpingHand creates a centralized platform for connecting those in need with those who can help. Any user can launch our website as either a sponsor or as a recipient. Sponsors simply input their name and address to find closeby potential recipients, while recipients input their name, address and item needed. Once a recipient requests an item, the recipient's request appears on the built-in map and sidebar containing recipient information. From there, sponsors may select any recipient on the map and accept their request. Once the request is accepted, the sponsor receives a text with information about the request, and they then deliver the requested item or service to the address of the recipient in need.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
What we learned
What's next for Helping Hand
Although there are a respectable number of people who would be willing to sacrifice their own resources for those who are less fortunate, in the future we hope to improve sponsor experience by marketing the service to people on social media. We've seen many examples of people on FaceBook and Reddit asking how they can help in the local community during these trying times. We hope to allow these people to easily use our platform to help the greater community.
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