How ya’ going? Homelessness remains an ongoing and expansive problem within the state of Victoria. As of 2016, an estimated 24,825 people in Victoria are classified as homeless (Australian Bureau of Statistics). 26% to 30% of these people are under the age of 24. This data also suggests youth homelessness is on the rise within Victoria, with a 17.6% increase in the Frankston population, and a 9.6% increase in the Mornington Peninsula region.
Homelessness is obviously not just a localised problem. We see it worldwide in every developed country. I have always been a major advocate of assisting and volunteering where I can. Especially when it comes to the homeless or underprivileged. This drive has led me on the path I’m on now and the project I’m working on.
I direct and manage a non-profit organisation that began when I was working at a bakery. We started as a tiny team providing left-over bread products to a couple of small charities around the area. We have now scaled to become the link between businesses and charities. I will share this with you all in-depth in a future post. I am considering blockchain technology to be utilised in our operations in the future.
Over the year, we have built an application that has been dubbed ‘the Uber for charities.’ How does it work? A registered charity can log in to the application and view all the products that are being left by businesses around the area. The charity can then drive to the business to pick the product up directly. The application is simply the middleman. Hundreds of businesses and charities are using our application, and we are growing at a rapid rate.
This goes to show that progress in technological advancement assists the process of volunteerism and altruism. The ease of access has been the drive in our case. No longer do charities have to phone around to obtain products. No longer do businesses have to seek out charities. Both parties are linked within the application’s hub, to then discuss, provide and create charitable relationships.
Again, I will soon go much deeper into this. Especially after our application has completed its final updates. I’m so excited to see where this can be taken. This isn’t restricted in a geographical sense. This application can be used worldwide. It is already successfully operating in multiple states across Victoria. We are nearing 3000 total business-to-charity pick-ups and interactions!
Anyway, this is not at all fleshed-out. Just a teaser of what’s to come. I am so keen to share this with you all. If you have any interest in assisting me, please reach out! I can provide further information.
It is quite late over here. I almost forgot to write a post! I still need to continue with some work, bugger! Here’s a tune.