Post by: Kim Stephens
I posted an article several months ago called “The Accidental Volunteer and Donations Management Coordinators” about the two sisters that designed a volunteer and donations management software solution called Recovers.org in response to a tornado in their hometown of Monson, Massachusetts. Since then, they have been active in deploying this technology to cities around the country impacted by disaster, as well as communicating the message of why communities should prepare for donations management before a disaster occurs.
The Ted Talk they gave, below, reminded me of why I was drawn to this story in the first place. I think their journey points out how an infusion of creativity can solve problems at the local level with a bottom-up approach. This quote still resonates with me: “There are simple tech solutions to the problems common to every recovery effort. By addressing the systemic problems in current organization with smart technology solutions, we can achieve maximum impact at minimum cost.”