During this time of crisis due to the spread of COVID-19, it has become harder for nonprofits and local organizations to get essential materials such as facemasks, canned goods and so much more. The world needs nonprofits and local organizations to continue the positive work they are doing during this time, and they need certain essential materials & resources to keep running.
What it does
Support is needed from the community at this time to provide nonprofits and local organizations with the materials & resources they need. Our platform connects nonprofits and local organizations with people who are willing to donate essential materials while following the rules of social distancing.
A user can log on to the website, and see a list of nonprofits in their area. They can see what materials/items and how much of it the nonprofits need, and approach the nonprofits to donate through our platform. Once people have contributed to the nonprofits, they can share their contribution with their coworkers or their friends & family to encourage others to donate. If people cannot donate any tangible materials or items, they can donate money to the nonprofit of their choice.
Nonprofits can register themselves on the website. Once their listing is approved by the Bridge the Gap team, their listing will appear on the website and people will be able to donate to them immediately.
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We’re proud of our integration of the Google Maps API into our website, as this was our first time working with APIs. Also, building the website from the ground-up and getting to a displayable website while working with people around the world was a huge accomplishment for the team.
What I learned
What's next for Bridge the gap
We will continue to develop Bridge the Gap through improving the user interface and the user experience, using a framework to improve the tech stack, and integrating a fully functional backend into the website. Currently, we have piloted the platform in the Seattle region. In the future, we hope to connect with nonprofits across the globe to introduce our platform to many more communities.