A Move Closer to Social Impact: My New Role at HandUp
My last three years have been focused on Community at Twilio, growing our community from 50,000 to over 300,000 developers, expanding the team, and ensuring our community strategy scaled as the company grew from startup to grown up. One of the programs that fell under my wing was the launch and development of Twilio.org, a program for nonprofits using communications technologies to amplify their impact. This brought me closer to technology for good in action and the real impact it can have at the local and global level. To be totally honest, my growing disenchantment with the startup world was combated by playing a small part in helping social good organizations make a difference through technology. I'm so proud of Team Twilio, my work there, and look forward to their continued success as I move to my next adventure. I'm thrilled to share that I've joined the team at HandUp, a direct donations site for people in need. This team has taken an MVP product and created a powerful platform that is already making a difference in how we (like you and me) can provide direct assistance to homeless people. Part of their mission that struck me deeply was to create a better understanding of what homelessness is in America and the wide spectrum of what "people in need" really means. I hope you'll explore our HandUp members to lean more and let you see exactly how you can contribute:
Jeff was kicked in the head when sleeping on the street. The impact knocked his front teeth loose so he can no longer play his flute which was his way of generating income. He is $500 away from getting the dental work he needs. Give Jeff a HandUp.
Davalyn found herself living on the streets after losing her job, but working with Project Homeless Connect and HandUp she was able to raise donations for a street vendor license in just one week. Now Davalyn is able to sell her handmade knitted items as a source of income, working towards her goal of nursing school. Give Davalyn a HandUp.
Rodney is paraplegic and currently homeless in San Francisco. He has become passionate about physically integrated dance that combines people with and without disabilities. Rodney has toured the states performing and won an award. Rodney has been able to raise funds to repair his wheelchair and get the nutrition he needs, but needs to secure housing for himself. Give Rodney a HandUp. Onwards.