CharityDrives.org Reminds America: Giving Isnít Just for Disaster Response,
On the brink of summer, April 15 a distant memory, the Holiday Season still over half a year away, and no recent major disasters close to home, there is perhaps not a time that charity is less on the minds of the American public than right now.
CharityDrives.org, a not-for-profit and advertising-free community-based database enabling individuals nationwide to post, search and filter information on and about charity drives within their local area, reminds the American public that all year long is a great time to locate and donate.
ďThe internet has become central to my generation, from Myspace to CharityDrives.org, Iím happy that there are free easy-to-use tools to market charitable efforts to thousands in my area.Ē notes high school senior Michael Klenner of Orange, California who collects goods for his local Salvation Army.
Originally developed by concept development firm Aedeas Group, in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the search-powered website fills the absence of a central online location for volunteers, and individuals to find local places to donate goods.
Chris Seta, Partner at the firm remembers, ďI felt frustrated as I watched the havoc caused by Katrina. Even more frustrating was the lack of immediate Internet resources to locate nearby charity sites. I had no idea where to give and what to give.Ē Realizing the lack of online resources, the Aedeas Group quickly mobilized a team of developers to build a resource to fill this void.
Gaining national attention through viral marketing, CharityDrive.orgís easy-to-use interface enabled local organizers to market their charity drives and donors to find local sites to drop off goods.
ďAside from helping the community,Ē states Robert Patterson, Partner at the firm, "The project also became a playground for us to implement some new Web
2.0 technologies, and we were one of the first community-driven sites to utilize the Google Maps API and dynamic geocoding to maximize the user experience"
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, organizers from Los Angeles to Des Moines to Boston utilized the site to promote local drives, collecting toiletries, canned food, clothing, and other goods for the relief effort. In recent months, the site has been expanded to include literature on how to organize a drive, links to charitable causes, forums for discussion, and success stories for inspiration.
CharityDrives.org is a not-for-profit and advertising-free community driven web database where individuals across the nation can post, search and filter information on and about charity drives within their local area. CharityDrives.org was conceptualized, developed, and is managed by the
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