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WeCount Enables Direct Donations to Homeless

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A Seattle-based nonprofit recently launched an app that is designed to address the plight of survival encountered by people dealing with homelessness.

WeCount allows users to receive or donate usable items that are necessary for day-to-day living, such as personal items and bedding. The exchange of items is intended to take place on a hyper-local basis between individuals, the larger community, and social service groups.

According to a press release, the introduction of WeCount marks the first time that a peer-to-peer model has effectively been used to assist personalized item donations to homeless people. Peer-to-peer sharing might be easier recognized as the kind of model used in such enterprises as AirBnB, Lyft, and DogVacay.

WeCount co-founder Jonathan Sposato says, "This fundamentally changes how we can address the critical issues of survival facing the homeless populations in our communities. As a community, we can improve the lives of others to make homelessness rare, brief and one time."

Those desiring donated items can access a Web site, WeCount.org, and request what they need -- so long as they can provide a verified form of contact, such as a mobile number or email address. All requests and exchanges are kept confidential and the site does not share anyone's specific location.

"It may seem counter-intuitive to perceptions about homelessness, but up to 90 percent of homeless people have smart phones or internet access through a library and Wi-Fi," says Sposato. "Often this serves as a lifeline to keep them connected with friends, relatives and the community. WeCount now extends this existing lifeline to the rest of the community that wants to help."

The items are dropped off and picked up at designated third-party locations.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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