By Jeff Todd
DENVER (CBS4)– An organization that brings together charities, people in need, and those willing to lend a helping hand, is expanding.
Purposity has launched an app for phones that streamlines the ability for people to help those in need.
“It may be a kid that walks into a class with shoes or it may be a family’s home who burned down and they may need everything from silverware to clothes to kids’ school supplies. People genuinely want to do good in the world they just don’t know where to start,” said Purposity Founder Blake Canterbury.
Purposity started in Denver helping Denver Public Schools meet needs for families of students experiencing homelessness. It’s expanded to now include Volunteers of America and other charities focusing on veterans and families.
“People genuinely want to do good in the world they just don’t know where to start. This is just an action step in your pocket to do good in the world,” said Canterbury.
“The last two years has been, just a big old cycle of homelessness. I couldn’t get any help, no one would help me,” said Sydniee Ludovissie. She soon found Volunteers of America and was able to enter a transitional housing program.
Ludovissie served in the Army and after getting out had a hard time finding organizations willing to help female veterans. Until she got to Denver.
“We have Purposity. That helps us get like dishes or blankets, the stuff that we need here,” Ludovissie said. “It’s a great feeling that people are waking up and responding to the needs of female veterans.”
Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.