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GSCS Partners with Purposity: Your Tool for Good GSCS Needs Followers to Download the App and Help Fill Student Needs

The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) recently announced a partnership with Purposity, an app connecting users with one-to-one needs in their community. The partnership aims to fulfill the essential needs of students in Griffin-Spalding.

If you knew a kid down the street had a simple need – say she needed sneakers for school – chances are you would help, right? However, it is hard to know the needs of real people in your community because there has never been a way to connect people who could really use help with people who want to offer it.

Enter a new app: Purposity. Its name comes from purpose + generosity, and it is designed to connect the individual needs of people near you with neighbors, like you.

The vision for Purposity is to inspire us to live generously by connecting people to doing good in the same way Facebook connects us to friends and Google connects us to information.

“We live in an age when we can make a doctor’s appointment right from our phones,” said founder Blake Canterbury, “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.” Purposity looks to bridge that gap locally.

GSCS Social Worker Morgan Kemper stated, "I think that Purposity will be a great way to build an even stronger and more united Spalding County. As a school system, we aim to be agents of change for our students, and now Purposity will allow community members to be agents of change for their neighbors. I am excited to have a resource like Purposity available because I am always looking for ways to provide more and better support to families and students in need within the GSCS community."

Dubbed Your Tool for Good, the Purposity app sends a weekly notification to users with a need in their area. With just a few clicks, people may choose to satisfy needs ranging from shoes and jackets for a local student to small household items for a family that lost their home in a fire. The app also features user profiles that track donors’ anonymous giving, allowing them to see their impact. “We wanted to create a way for communities to connect and unite in a meaningful way,” stated Blake Canterbury, founder and CEO. “Our belief is that if you knew your neighbor needed help, you’d help.”

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 GSCS, download the Purposity app from the App Store or Google Play and be sure to follow Griffin-Spalding County School System. For the program to begin, GSCS needs 500 people in the community to download the app and follow the district.

Needs will be vetted and added to the app by GSCS social workers who will also be in regular contact with DFACS and school nurses. If a follower chooses to fulfill a need, they will pay the amount listed by the need using a secure transaction. The new item is then ordered and sent directly to the family in need.

GSCS Executive Director of Communications and Partnerships Adam Pugh said, “Purposity is a great new tool that will allow companies and individuals in our community to show care and compassion and invest in the future of Griffin-Spalding through serving the needs of our students. I hope 500 people download the app soon so we can all start helping.”

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