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美国疫情使邻里更加团结 约翰霍普金斯大学专家建立在线志愿者网络

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  • 来源:互联网
  • 时间:2020-05-22 11:28:54

  随着美国疫情的侵袭,大家对新型冠状病毒的认识也越来越多,而约翰霍普金斯大学也在努力为民众带来一些帮助。

  邻居在新型冠状病毒流行期间支持邻居

  约翰霍普金斯大学高级德巴尼克·普卡雅斯塔和一个大学生团队致力于建立在线志愿者网络

  凯蒂·皮尔斯/3天前出版

  在全国范围内,一种新的社区运动通常是从一个即兴的电子表格开始的:邻居们在冠状病毒大流行期间报名送食品,遛狗,跑腿,互相帮助。但是,当志愿者人数激增时,这些表格就会变得不可见,到处都是名字和信息。

  一个新的网站,Covaid,旨在为这些邻里互助项目提供一个更简单的平台。三月底,约翰霍普金斯大学的德巴尼克·普卡雅斯塔和卡内基梅隆大学的杰弗里·李这两位计算机科学专业的学生和老朋友开发了这一资源,以使弱势居民与愿意和能够提供帮助的邻居相匹配。

  美国疫情下霍普金斯大学大四学生普卡雅斯塔(Purkayasta)的第二个专业是生物医学工程,他说:“有很多老年人和免疫功能低下的人不敢出门,不敢去杂货店,也不敢每天跑腿。”我们最初建立这个平台是为了让人们可以到现场寻求支持。”

  这个想法源于美国乔维德-19大学早期在约翰霍普金斯大学(Johns Hopkins)的一个电子表格,就在校园关闭前。小金宝妮(Bonnie Jin)创建了一个资源,供学生们在乘车前往机场(例如,存储空间)时互相帮助。这很快扩展到一个叫做巴尔的摩互助的社区活动,延伸到霍普金斯校园以外的社区,并提供更广泛的服务。

  “在我收拾行李离开的前几天,我看到了这个电子表格,”Purkayasta说社区成员在张贴他们的联系方式,并说,嘿,如果你需要什么,让我知道,如果我可以帮助。这非常鼓舞人心。”

  一旦他搬到费城郊外的家里,普卡雅斯塔就开始和李,他从中学就开始和他的朋友一起集思广益。两人在其他社区也看到了类似的互助活动,包括李明博所在的匹兹堡大学。

  “车轮开始转动,让我们思考,我们怎样才能把这些事情做得更好一点呢?”普卡亚斯塔说我注意到任何人都可以编辑电子表格,没有自动化,没有真正的系统。这在概念上确实是个好主意,但它需要一个结构来促进事情的发展。”

  另见

  邻居们帮助邻居们/WYPRThey设计了Covaid干净的蓝色和白色界面,展示美国地图,放大显示邻居们甚至街道的志愿者。截至本周,超过1675名志愿者已经注册,他们提交了一份简短的简历,并详细说明了他们可以完成哪些服务,包括食品杂货和药物递送、宠物护理、技术贷款,甚至情感支持。它们还指示可用的时间以及是否可以使用汽车。

  当需要服务的社区成员搜索网站时,Covaid的团队通过自动化和个人帮助进行配对,该团队目前由来自全国各地的20名大学生组成。

  Covaid的GoFundMe运动

  该团队正试图筹集1万美元来帮助资助申请。在过去的一个月里,Covaid的任务已经成熟,包括与五个城市的社区团体建立更正式的合作关系,并计划进行更多的合作。除了巴尔的摩互助社,该小组还与匹兹堡互助社、大夏洛特互助社、特拉华互助社、芝加哥的CCOM Covaid工作队和Indy COVID-19邻居响应小组合作。该平台允许组织将其现有的志愿者资源转移到Covaid仪表板,在那里他们可以根据社区的需要定制服务。例如,在一些地方,最迫切的需求是货币捐赠来购买必需品。

  匹兹堡互助组织的志愿者组织者塞思·布什说:“这是一个非常简单的平台,这是它最棒的地方。”匹兹堡互助组织目前有60多名志愿者报名参加了Covaid德巴尼克和杰夫和我们一起工作,如此密切和认真地倾听我们所需要的。他们是两个了不起的人。”

  科瓦德最初被设想为一个短期项目,普卡雅斯塔沉思,当他认为流行病将在5月结束时。他以为一切都会平息,然后他前往硅谷,开始作为一名软件工程师在Facebook工作,他现在计划执行远程,同时继续建设Covaid的能力夏季实习。

  “在可预见的未来,我们将致力于此,”Purkayasta说。

  发表在学生生活、政治+社会

  标记志愿服务,covid-19,应用程序

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  With Covaid, neighbors support neighbors during the pandemic

  Johns Hopkins senior Debanik Purkayastha and a team of university students work to build volunteer networks online

  Katie Pearce / Published 3 days ago

  Across the country, a new brand of community movement has often started with an impromptu spreadsheet: neighbors signing up to to deliver groceries, walk dogs, and run various errands to help each other out during the coronavirus pandemic. But when the swell of volunteers rises, the forms can become unnavigable, cluttered with names and information.

  A new website, Covaid, aims to provide a simpler platform for these neighbor-to-neighbor aid programs. Two computer science majors and longtime friends, Debanik Purkayastha of Johns Hopkins and Jeffrey Li of Carnegie Mellon, developed the resource in late March to match vulnerable residents with neighbors willing and able to help.

  "There are a lot of elderly and immunocompromised people who are afraid to go out, afraid to go to grocery stores or run their daily errands," says Purkayastha, a Hopkins senior whose second major is biomedical engineering. "We originally built this platform so people can go on the site and reach out for support."

  The idea grew from a spreadsheet making the rounds at Johns Hopkins in the early days of COVID-19 in the U.S., just before campuses closed. Junior Bonnie Jin had created the resource for students to help each other as they moved out—with rides to the airport, for example, or storage space. This soon expanded into a community effort called Baltimore Mutual Aid, reaching to neighborhoods beyond Hopkins campuses and offering a wider range of services.

  "A few days before I was packing up and leaving, I saw this spreadsheet going around," Purkayastha says. "Community members were putting up their contact information and saying, Hey, if you need anything, let me know if I can help. It was very inspiring."

  Once he relocated to his family home outside Philadelphia, Purkayastha got to brainstorming with Li, his friend since middle school. The two were seeing similar mutual aid efforts sprout up in other communities, including Pittsburgh, home to Li's university.

  "The wheels started turning for us to think about, How can we make these things a little better?" Purkayastha says. "I noticed anybody could edit the spreadsheets, there was no automation—there wasn't really a system. It was a really good idea in concept, but it needed a structure to facilitate things."

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  Neighbors helping neighbors/ WYPRThey designed Covaid's clean blue-and-white interface to present a map of the United States, which zooms in to show volunteers at the neighborhood and even street level. The volunteers—more than 1,675 have registered as of this week—submit a short bio and specify which services they can fulfill, including grocery and medication delivery, pet care, technology on loan, even emotional support. They also indicate times they're available and whether they have access to a car.

  When community members in need of services search the site, the matchmaking occurs through both automation and personal assistance from Covaid's team—now composed of 20 university students from around the country.

  Covaid's GoFundMe campaign

  The team is trying to raise $10,000 to help fund requestsWithin the past month, Covaid's mission has matured to include more formal partnerships with community groups in five cities, with plans for more. In addition to Baltimore Mutual Aid, the team is working with Pittsburgh Mutual Aid, Greater Charlotte Mutual Aid, Delaware Mutual Aid, the CCOM Covaid Task Force in Chicago, and the Indy COVID-19 Neighbor Response Team. The platform allows organizations to transition their existing volunteer resources to a Covaid dashboard, where they can tailor services according to the needs of their community. In some places, for example, the sharpest demand is for monetary donations to buy essentials.

  "It's a really simple platform, which is what's brilliant about it," says Seth Bush, a volunteer organizer for Pittsburgh Mutual Aid, which now has more than 60 volunteers signed up for Covaid. "Debanik and Jeff worked with us and listened so closely and so attentively to what we needed. These guys are two amazing human beings."

  Covaid was originally envisioned as a short-term project, Purkayastha muses, back when he believed the pandemic would be over by May. He thought everything would subside before he traveled out to Silicon Valley to begin a summer internship as a software engineer at Facebook—work he's now planning to perform remotely while continuing to build Covaid's capacity.

  "We're going to be devoted to this for the foreseeable future," Purkayastha says.

  Posted in Student Life, Politics+Society

  Tagged volunteering, covid-19, apps

  Source of articles:https://hub.jhu.edu/

  Author:Katie Pearce

  在美国疫情中大家也在互相帮助,努力抗击新型冠状病毒,希望约翰霍普金斯大学专家和学生的努力没有白费,我们一定可以打败病毒!


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