Purposity App

Bridge Between Those In Need and the Community
Posted on 11/12/2019

Marlboro County School District is inaugurating a partnership with “Purposity”, a mobile app that allows users to identify community members in need and make donations to help them.

“This app is designed to connect our students in need with those with resources who want to offer anonymous help” said Marlon Prince, who serves as MCSD Director of McKinney Vento. “We have many people in Marlboro County who want to help those in need, but don’t often have reliable information about verifiable needs. The Purposity app bridges the gap and helps makes the connection.”

Purposity founder Blake Canterbury said the app is all about providing useful information “We live in an age when we can make a doctor’s   appointment right from our phone,” Canter bury said. “But we have no way of knowing if the family down the street has food on its table or if their children have shoes on their feet. Our belief is that if you knew your  neighbor  needed help, you’d help.”

Purposity’s name is a mash-up of “purpose” and “generosity.” In Marlboro County, the app will work with school social workers and parent coordinators who know families who need specific things.

Social workers and parent coordinators will forward those needs to Marlon Prince who will review the needs and transmit them to Purposity.  Purposity will take the list of items and put them into a database to be sent out to people who want to help. Once potential donors have downloaded the app and signed up (see “Instructions” below), Purposity will send out a weekly notification with links to items on Amazon.com that specific community members need. Donors can then select a need and click “Meet the Need” to pay for the item, which will be sent directly to the appropriate school for distribution.

The process was created specifically to make sure the people receiving the items have been vetted, and donors can have a connection to the people they’re helping.

INSTRUCTIONS: Download the Purposity app from the App Store or Google Play, input your contact information and location (Marlboro County), then look under “Organizations,” then select and follow “Marlboro County Schools.”


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