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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 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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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!