Today’s Oneupweb Review is the website LotsaHelpingHands.com.
This site has been an instrumental tool to coordinate a large group of people who seek to help a dear friend that was recently diagnosed with brain cancer at the young age of 35. She is scheduled for 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. Her husband and young son will need tons of support to get through this.
LotsaHelpingHands.com makes it easy to get a group of people organized around everything from bringing meals, feeding pets, helping with snow removal, and more.
The site is a perfect example of how people can get connected online for little or no cost. With sites like LotsaHelpHands.com it makes it easier for people to get out there and do something positive for their communities. It becomes harder and harder to make excuses for not volunteering some of your time for the greater good.
Below is a look at the homepage of LotsaHelpingHands.com.
While we found this ideal to help our dear friend (and her family) get through the tough stages of aggressive cancer treatment, there are many more great causes that apply. For instance this could be a great site to get organized around friends or family that are having a new baby, any kind of coordinated volunteer effort, church functions, eldercare and more.
It was easy to get started. Simply fill out the form (see image below) to get registered and start planning. We had actually been referred to the site by a friend that posted the idea on my wife’s Facebook Wall. Good stuff and fitting that we used a social network site to find other networking tools.
On a side note our friends are in a growing age group of Facebook users. Our average age is above 35. Please don’t ever tell me Facebook is really only for young people and college students. That may have once been true, but no longer.
My wife took the lead on this and believe me she is not terribly tech savvy. She wasn’t even sure our friends would find LotsaHelpingHands.com easy to use. She showed it to me and I was impressed. My wife selected a few other key friends to assign as administrators within the LotsaHelpingHands.com environment. The rest of the friends and family group were invited via email to take part.
It has been a tremendous success. We have just about everything booked and covered for the next 6 weeks. Most of our friends have thanked us for taking the initiative to get this setup. And it has relieved us just a little bit from the stress and worry we have for our sick friend. Every little bit counts when you are dealing with such heavy issues.
This is a new era in connectivity more and more people are connected via social sharing and social networking sites. President Obama reminds us that:
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Sites like LotsaHelpingHands.com make it easy for YOU to get involved and start making change a reality rather than a talking point.