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NeedHave Inspires Goodwill Donations in Your Community

Ben Stegner 05-02-2018

Chances are that you have a lot of belongings around the house that you don’t need. Why not offer them as donations to your local community? Whether your kids’ old toys 9 Tips for Making the Most Money When Selling Old Toys Old toys can be worth a lot of money... if you know how to sell them. These tips will help you get the most out of your sales. Read More are in dusty boxes upstairs or you just have too many clothes, most of us could get by with less than we have.


And if you can help someone in need Find Christmas Help for Needy Families With 5 Gift Charity Sites Low-income families can't afford to buy gifts or prepare a special Christmas meal. But there are always good-hearted folks willing to lend a hand. Read More by donating your unneeded goods, that’s a win-win. This is the idea behind a new app we’ve developed, NeedHave. Let’s take a look at this app’s mission and how you can use it to better your community.

What Is NeedHave?

There’s no shortage of apps and services that let you buy and sell used goods 5 Sites Like Craigslist to Buy and Sell Used Stuff Online Want to buy and sell your used items locally but not on Craigslist? Here are the best sites like Craigslist you should consider. Read More . Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist, and more are all designed around letting you sell goods you no longer need.

But NeedHave is different. This app is designed to help people in need receive donations from their community. It connects people who have real needs with those who have items to donate.

This helps reduce waste for people who have too much. Instead of throwing away their unwanted items, someone who needs them can reuse them. And donors can help out someone less fortunate by providing items they need. It’s a community-focused app that benefits everyone involved.

Getting Started

To start, download NeedHave for Android or iOS and open it up. Enter your name and phone number, then tap Next to proceed. You’ll receive a text message with a code to confirm your number. After that, you’ll see NeedHave’s main screen.


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Per the app’s mission, you’ll notice the main screen cleanly divided into two parts: Need and Have. These allow you to search for goods in your area, or donate something you have.

Looking for Donations

First, let’s go through the process of finding an item you need. Tap Need on the main screen, and you’ll see a search box. Enter your query here. Depending on how many users are in your area, you might want to search for specific or broad terms. For instance, “men’s shoes” might return no results in a sparsely populated area, while “shoes” could bring up too many results in busy cities.

If your search brings up any results, you’ll see them on a map. You can also touch List near the top of the screen if you’d rather see the results in that form.


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Tap an item, then hit Claim to commit to taking it. On the resulting screen, you can send a message to the person donating it. This is a good time to ask for any clarification details about what you’ve claimed. If you find that this item won’t actually work for your needs, you can just tap Unclaim to free it up for someone else.

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But what if your search doesn’t bring up any donations? When this happens, NeedHave helpfully offers to subscribe you to that search term. Then, if anyone lists an item matching your query, you’ll receive a notification letting you know it’s available.


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Donating an Item

If you have an item to offer for donation, tap Have on the main screen. Here, you can add a title for your item, plus a brief description. This is a good place to add supplementary information like size, condition, and similar details. Add up to three pictures to give potential receivers an idea of what your good looks like.

Click Submit when you’re satisfied, and your post goes live. You can then tap Share to send the item to one or more of your contacts if you like.

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Browse Needs in Your Area

If you’d like to do some good in your area, you can have a look at needs people have nearby. Tap the Map icon on the bottom navigation bar, and you’ll see bubbles showing requests from nearby folks. Like when browsing donations, you can tap List at the top if you don’t prefer the map view.

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Tap an item, then choose Donate to offer it. You can then chat with the recipient to discuss any additional details if needed. If something comes up and you can’t donate the item, just tap Refuse above the chat to open that request again.

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This feature allows you to actively search for items that people need near you. Even if you don’t have one on hand, you could buy one and donate it to someone less fortunate than you.

Check Chats and Notifications

Tap the Notifications icon on the bottom bar to review your chats and notifications. You’ll see a notification when someone sends you a message, or if someone fulfills a request you made for a donation. This is an easy way to keep track of everything in progress with the app.

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Your Profile

Finally, tap the Profile icon to access a few details about your profile. The Items entry lets you review the items you’ve offered for donation, and make changes to them if needed. Needs collects all searches you’ve subscribed to that haven’t been fulfilled yet.

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In the Settings, you can toggle whether you’d like to receive a notification for various events. You can also limit media download to Wi-Fi only to save on mobile data 4 Ways to Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage with Android Apps You can reduce your mobile data usage without doing anything differently on your Android device -- just use these apps! Read More . Use Share this app to send friends a link to download using any app on your device. And if you need to log out, you can also do so here.

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How Will You Use NeedHave?

Now you know how NeedHave works and its purpose. It provides an excellent alternative to throwing away clothes, tools, or anything else that you no longer need. Someone right in your community can reuse them instead of you tossing them in the trash. And it helps people who are in need find the items most necessary to them.

Whether you want to donate some old items, can’t afford goods you need, or just want to help out local people in need, NeedHave is a worthwhile app download.

What do you think about NeedHave’s mission? Would you use it to donate to community members in need? Leave your comments on this app below!

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  1. isse
    February 8, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    First, for those mentioning thrift stores, this isn't only about meeting the needs of the underprivileged (who still have to pay something in thrift store as opposed to getting it for free). It's also about the environment and not buying something new when someone in your community is willing to give something that meets your need. This app sounds a lot like Freecycle (the one good thing I've found about Yahoo). I've found that especially useful for giving away heavy objects like furniture that I don't want to spend the effort on moving to a thrift store. I offer it, and if someone wants it, they come get it. (I know some thrift stores will pick up, but I've had some bad experiences with that).

    I'm wondering whether the users name is visible to anyone else at any point in the process.

    A lot about this app seems more convenient, but with Freecycle I like that I never have to reveal my real name and descriptions can be read before taking action on them (and bothering the giver for more info--I wouldn't want to offer an item only to have to answer questions about its condition a dozen times because it keeps getting rejected). With Freecycle, you don't give away your location to everyone either; the groups are community based, so you know an item will be within a geographic area, and people listing items often narrow things down by mentioning a nearby landmark. The biggest problem with Freecycle is people who say they intend to pick up an item then don't, and I'm sure that will be an issue with this app as well because...well, people.

    Great idea, hope the kinks can be worked out.

    • Jackson Chung
      February 9, 2018 at 5:36 am

      We appreciate your feedback, Isse!

      That's exactly why we developed this app. We can't control the human factor, but we will continue to tweak the app until it does what we expect it to.

      You don't have to use your real name in NeedHave.

  2. Karl
    February 8, 2018 at 10:24 am

    With a total of 50 downloads, how is one expected to actually get any use out of this app?
    I won't even bother asking if there are any users downunder, where I need it to work.
    The shameless plug for your own app isn't worth the time to read as yet.
    I'll wait until you have a slightly larger user base - oh, say, a million or ten...

    • Jackson Chung
      February 9, 2018 at 5:39 am

      Hey Karl, as with anything that's community-based, it takes time to grow. Rome wasn't built in a day. We're just trying to provide another avenue for the needy. If you have items to donate, we're recommend listing them so others who sign up in your area can find them.

      Thanks for your support.

  3. John C. E. Tucker
    February 8, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Why do you need my phone number when you have my email?

    • Jackson Chung
      February 8, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Hey John, how do you mean we have your email?

      • John C. E. Tucker
        February 8, 2018 at 11:49 pm

        Hi Jackson,

        My concern is not my email . My concern was you can always reach me by my email as now,but why do you need my phone number when I sign up to NeedHave.


        • Jackson Chung
          February 9, 2018 at 5:39 am

          Hi John,

          Your email is on a separate database. We don't intershare data for privacy reasons and security.

  4. Charles
    February 7, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    My biggest issue is that most people with real needs are less likely to be tech savvy and using an app like this. However, they do know where the thrift store is. It's not a bad concept, but we'll have to see how it works out. Seems like there's a lot of room for abuse.

  5. Karen Zeleznik
    February 7, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Is this app brand new? Apparently no one in my area has any needs and has nothing they wish to get rid of. I can't change the location to expand the search, and there is no indication how far away the search area covers.

    • Jackson Chung
      February 8, 2018 at 2:43 am

      Hi Karen, yes it is. It was just launched a few days ago and it will take time for the community to build. If you have items to donate, you could just list them in NeedHave, and those who search for it will eventually find them.

      • Karen Zeleznik
        February 8, 2018 at 3:24 am

        The second query was about the search range. I cannot tell how widely it searches since it automatically comes up for my town. How can I get it to show a wider area?

        • Jackson Chung
          February 8, 2018 at 4:40 am

          The search radius in the first version is 10km (6.2 miles). We'll be pushing out an update with an expanded search radius to accomodate larger cities.

  6. Mb
    February 5, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Right off the bat, I have privacy questions. When revealing the location of the item, just how accurate is the location? Will some psycho appear on my door step if I list electronics for sale? Is the app tracking me as I go about my errands? At the end of day, most of us do live near thrift shops. Even when I lived in hella expensive East Bay, there were thrift stores in ever town except perhaps Blackhawk and Danville. Growing up in a rural community, there were thrift stores. People opened thrift stores as businesses.

    • Timur
      February 7, 2018 at 3:44 am

      Hey Mb, as the developer of this app, I understand your privacy concerns. The diameter of the approximate pin is about 440 yards (or 400 meters) so we don't show the exact location of the item or person. In addition, the app does not track the user in any way