HCOE, YES Partner with National App to Help Local Community

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Showing gratitude for our blessings by sharing with those in need is part and festively-wrapped parcel of the Season of Giving. However, while we shelter in place and practice social distancing, person-to-person giving may not be an option — and many may not know what, where or how to give. Thankfully, there's an app for that and the Humboldt County Office of Education and Youth Educational Services are utilizing it to bring good cheer to local families.

In a press release, the Humboldt County Office of Education announced a partnership with Youth Educational Services and the Purposity app, where, with a few clicks or taps, community members can connect those in need with resources and goods.
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“Purposity is an app-based way for our community to give back to students and families who have unmet needs,” said Lucy Robson, Homeless Youth Caseworker at Humboldt County Office of Education’s Court and Community Schools program. “To participate, community members can download the app and follow ‘Humboldt County Office of Education’,” she said.

Local students who need basic, essential items like boots, coats and clothing are those targeted for help through the local Purposity efforts, the release states.

For more on the app and how to participate, read the press release below:

New Partnership with Purposity Seeks To Connect Community Members & Families In Need

(Eureka)—Humboldt County Office of Education, Youth Educational Services and the Purposity app have joined efforts to bridge the gap between community members and families in need. Over 200 local individuals have downloaded the app to participate in the effort to help connect families in need with members of the community who can meet needs.

The non-profit organization, Purposity was formed to connect the critical, physical needs of people vetted through established local nonprofits and schools systems with users who want to help through using the app. Local students who need basic, essential items like boots, coats and clothing are those targeted for help through the local Purposity efforts.

“Purposity is an app-based way for our community to give back to students and families who have unmet needs,” said Lucy Robson, Homeless Youth Caseworker at Humboldt County Office of Education’s Court and Community Schools program. “To participate, community members can download the app and follow ‘Humboldt County Office of Education’,” she said.

According to Robson, when needs are posted, those who have the app will get a notification and can choose to fill the need. She explained that “needs” are usually low-priced items like a pair of shoes or a winter jacket. “It’s like online shopping—but for someone else,” she said. To submit a “need”, people may reach out to Robson or their Foster/McKinney Vento case worker at local schools.

The Humboldt County Office of Education’s parent and family resources include promotion of projects supported by Foster & Homeless Youth Services. They are widely supported by many of the 31 local school districts in Humboldt County.

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