Boost Volunteers, Communities and Local Business!

App to unify volunteers and NPO in Puerto Rico.Where they have a profile to track volunteers hours and reward them in local business.

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This is a link to "Como otro Yo" an organization where we are volunteers and help with some projects. "Como otro Yo" means to treat the needy like another me. Putting yourself in the shoes of the other person. https://www.facebook.com/comootroyo/

Date You Started Your Project Started

06/01/19

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  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Since Hurricane María we've discover a lot of needy communities and NPO in Puerto Rico that need volunteers. Also we've seen how a lot of puertorricans want to help, but don't know how, where, when or what are the needs. There is no platform or entity that links volunteers with NPO or that promotes volunteering. Therefore, finding volunteers and finding where to volunteer can be difficult.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We want to solve the problem by developing an mobile App.This app aims to link the needy, NPO and volunteers.But also we want to encourage volunteering and create a culture of volunteering.Organizations and volunteers will create a profile where organizations can publish their activities and recruit volunteers. In the app the volunteers have the opportunity to track and accumulate their hours of service.To encourage volunteering we want to partner with local business to turn their volunteer hours to rewards. This rewards can be such as discounts, offers, meal among others. This will help the small and local business of Puerto Rico by giving them more exposure and promote local consuming. This app is a win/win situation to everyone involved. It will help NPO and communities to recruit volunteers and express the needs. Gives the opportunity to volunteers to find places to help, keep track of service hours, and turn them to rewards. It will also boost small business and local consuming in Puerto Rico. An app like this helps NPO reach a bigger audience and be able to make a greater impact while boosting local economy.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

We have always been involved in volunteering activities since we were kids. Certainly an event that opened our eyes was Hurricane María two years ago. It showed us the importance of the third sector and volunteer work to help all the communities in need. How all of them united can help restructuring an Island. We have been part of a lot of volunteering projects in Puerto Rico like “Como Otro Yo” and “Juventud Solidaria” and we’ve suffered not finding volunteers or not knowing the needs of communities and all the NPO that need help. Therefore, we want to create a volunteer ecosystem and culture. We wish to make it easier for people to volunteer and express their needs. We believe in the power of volunteer work. It has helped us grow and gain a mindset of giving and together building better communities.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

When an organization create a profile, they can share activities to recruit a bigger audience of volunteers. Volunteers with profiles can search for activities where they can register. Then volunteers go to the activity, and accumulates the hours that the organization certifies. Organization will have QR codes with the quantity of hours that the activity takes. Volunteers will scan the code through the app to earn the hours. With the hours, the volunteer could redeem them in one of the participant local business. For example, an organization publishes on the app they need of 10 tutors for a low-income school. All the volunteers get the notification of the recruitment and 10 qualified decide to sign up. The tutoring sections last 2 hrs, volunteers will scan a 2hr QR code from the organizer for each tutoring section. Potentially with 2hrs of service the volunteer can redeem a free lunch.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Right now in Puerto Rico we lack of any platform similar to this one. The only thing available is a database of all the non profit organization in Puerto Rico and a brief description of what they do and contact. This could help us in the process of adding as much organizations as we can to the app. But such database do not connect directly the organizations and volunteers. Which is something that the app will do. Although in the USA there is some apps to promote and track volunteers, none of these apps includes or works in Puerto Rico. Even if they did our project has a different approach.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We plan to know if we are making a difference in the communities and non profit organizations, by measuring the quantity of people that start creating profiles and registering to the activities. If a lot of people create profiles, that will equals a bigger amount of volunteer work getting done which equals more communities being impacted.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Once we have the app develop, we will start a campaign to share the app with the non- profit organizations and communities in need. We will go to schools and colleges to share the app with young active students and show the benefits they can get by volunteering. We will partner with all the local business we can, to give more advertising to local consuming to the volunteers. Also we plan to offer help to all the non-profit organizations to register properly in the app. After this takes off we would love to create a better ecosystem for non-profit organization and social enterprise in Puerto Rico.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Web/Mobile Development


10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

Evaluation results

33 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 84.8%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 6.1%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 9.1%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 87.9%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 6.1%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 6.1%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 90.6%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 6.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 3.1%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 25.9%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 93.9%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

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Claudia Sánchez

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"She is my business partner and the cofounder of this dream. Very passionate, active and with a doer mindset. Her role is to help achieve this goal, work side by side with me and promote the idea."

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¡Me encanta! Muy creativas

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Gracias!

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Felicidades!!! Tremenda idea Dios te bendiga!

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Gracias Juan!

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I love this idea! This is a need I have totally felt. I can't wait to see this solution come to life!

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Thank you! We are working to make it possible!

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Amazing work! Keep it up!

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Thanks for the support !!

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Photo of Edwin G. López Jiménez
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Wow! Muy buena la idea, justo lo que necesitamos en Puerto Rico!

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Gracias Edwin!

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Me encanta la idea! Me encantaría ver como se desarrolla! Muy original!!

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Gracias Andrea!

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So inspiring! This is exactly what PR needs!! This is the future!!

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Yes! We want to make it easier for people volunteering !

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Great idea! So incredibly helpful!!! Hope to see this app soon!

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Thank you, We hope so too!

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Love this! So innovative!!!

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Thank you!

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Great initiative for Puerto Rico! Hope to see this soon!

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Thank you Sari!

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Let me know if you make it ti New York City. I think this program could be very successful.

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Yes Alexandra Slabakis ! We would love to scale this project! Thank you!

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Photo of Annette Bauzá
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Super idea!! Puertorican people love to help each other and this definitely will make it easier!

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Thank you Annette that's the goal!

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Photo of Alanis Santiago
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¡Voy a ustedes!

No solo para que lo comiencen aquí en Puerto Rico sino para que lleven esta iniciativa a otros países en donde contribuya a que la gente se una y se de mas a los demás. ¡Gracias por su iniciativa!

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Thank you!

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Photo of MARIA E MORENO-SANTIAGO
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Esta iniciativa es definitivamente la clave del hoy, para un mejor mañana. Excelente manera de idear una solución atractiva para este problema...

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Si! Queremos que muchas partes de la sociedad se puedan beneficiar!

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Photo of Elsie E. Vazquez-Torres
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Excellent job!!!! This idea is a great opportunity to build a bridge between people in need and people who want to help others. Also makes a strong solidarity culture around us. Congratulations!!!!

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Thank you Elsie!

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¡Me da mucha alegría ver esta idea! Siempre he estado muy involucrada en servicio comunitario y efectivamente a veces es dificil encontrar a las personas u organizaciones que realmente estan necesitadas. ¡Gracias Aliz por tu iniciativa!

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Gracias Alexandra! Nuestra meta es ayudar a resolver ese problema para crear un impacto mayor en las comunidades y jovenes voluntarios!

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We need more initiatives like this!!! And we need people who are not only motivated by their ideas but actually have the conviction to bring their ideas to reality. It takes will power and convincing to be moved into action, and that is something I see in this project. But it is also the need for resources that can paus initiatives. I hope this idea gets the resources it deserves!! It must win!! Btw Aliz you rock!!

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Thank you Sara! I hope we can find the resources we need to makes this happen!

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Love, love,love this idea!❤️ So helpful and innovative!!

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We can do thisss!!

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I think this is the most ideal project for Puerto Rico!! It has to win! It's genius how the app cleverly addresses both of the main problems in our country: the urgent needs of the third sector, which is LARGE, and the key factor to our economical crisis, which is the monopoly of foreign companies in our market as well as the staggering percentage of imported goods. The idea is so clever in its simplicity. But what makes it even more ideal is the part of creating a culture of giving, which is even more essential to the change our society needs, especially its youth, so that's a third problem it addresses to! How can a society sustain itself without prioritizing and sympathizing with those who are weakest? The humanity of this app is truly promising.

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Thank You Maria Jose! We really hope to boost volunteers, NPO and local economy!

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¡Darse en servicio a los demás es lo más satisfactorio que existe! Go iniciativa de Aliz!!!

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This project tackles Puerto Rico's lack of structures to enable people to create the change they desire to see in their country. I think it's really necessary.

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Yess! Gracias Mariana!

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Photo of Ana Beatriz Fadhel
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Love this idea! Great tool for those who want to make a change

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Gracias Ana!

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Photo of Nicole de la Rosa
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I love the concept, very promising and inspiring.

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Thank you Nicole!

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Photo of Maria de los A. Riestra Carrion
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A real changemaker!!!

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Thank you Mari!

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Photo of Virginia Burnett Disdier
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Fantastic idea! Volunteering helps develop a better society and we definitely need that in Puerto Rico.

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Thank you Ginny!

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Thank you Ginny!

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Photo of Cecilia Fadhel
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This is an amazing idea, very creative and innovative as a way of promoting local businesses! As a volunteer myself, I would love to have access to an app like this! #BeRewarded

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Thank you Cecilia! I hope we can build it to share it with all the volunteers!

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Photo of Yexaira Mena
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This is amazing! I can’t wait to sign up!

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Thank you Yexaira! We will let you know when we have it!

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Love this idea!!! I would totally sign up for this! You go Aliz!

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Thank you!