Digital service connecting community with Metro Schools students in need

image02508.JPG If your neighbor were in need – you’d help.

That’s the core belief behind Purposity, a digital community that Metro Nashville Public Schools is partnering with to support our students experiencing homelessness. Purposity connects the community with students in need of everyday items like air mattresses, tennis shoes and clothing that can’t be fulfilled by grant funding and existing partnerships. With one quick text message notification, community members can seamlessly fulfill a need.

At MNPS, Purposity will work directly with the HERO Program for Families in Transition, which serves more than 3,000 students experiencing homelessness each year.

“This is an exciting new opportunity for us to better meet the needs of our students experiencing homelessness,” said Catherine Knowles, HERO coordinator, “community interest has been high.”

We know our employees, community friends and partners are ready and willing to help our students in whatever ways they can. In less than 36 hours after announcing this avenue of support, more than 250 people signed up to support this initiative. In addition, four requests were posted and each one was fulfilled within the day. This means four students were positively impacted – by a simple text message and an invested community.

You can get involved with Purposity, too, and make a difference for our students experiencing homelessness. There’s no app to download and you’ll only receive one text message a week.


Watch the video below to see more of what Purposity does and how it works.