OfferUp has made building and supporting local communities a top priority since day one. Creating an online marketplace is just one piece. We also make an effort to show up in our local community through volunteer work, and build resources like these forums to support the folks that spend time with us everyday.
That brings me to our latest community outreach event: This is Home.
“Jubilee REACH connected us to a family with an urgent need that we knew we could help out with. Appolonia is a single mom to three little ones, who unfortunately lost her home after a series of financial hardships. Due to the instability, her children were placed into foster families until she could pick up the pieces and start again.
Now, four years later and with the help of Jubilee REACH, her family has been reunited and given access to a townhome to live in! As excited and relieved as the four of them are to finally be back together, their new home leaves a lot of space to fill, and they needed help with the interior and all the furnishings.”
With a $2,000 budget, a team of about 15 people, and only eight hours to do it, we eagerly took on the challenge of transforming Appolonia’s house into a home for her family. Let me tell you - this was one of the most rewarding and heartwarming projects I’ve ever experienced.
It was so much fun to search through OfferUp to find the perfect items for this family to enjoy. When we first started sourcing all the items we’d need, we took advantage of our Boards feature so everyone in our group could easily keep track of the items we wanted to buy and help each other coordinate pick ups. There were SO many items donated to us from employees and other OfferUp community members that knew about what we were doing. I was able to buy some new toys for the boy, Azariah, and pillows and pillow cases featuring his favorite superhero, Black Panther. Oh! And this awesome dino plush in this pic!
Check out the full blog here! To see outreach events we’ve done in the past, you can go here to read more about our event in Panama, or here to learn about the time we made dinner for 400 at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.
Do you like to volunteer? Have you ever donated items using OfferUp? Tell us in the comments below and let us know your favorite volunteering activities!
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