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Rebecca T
415 Madison Ave.
Manhattan (Manhattan, and general NYC area)
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the project

The Help Network (HN) serves the disabled, elderly and seriously ill by arranging for volunteers who commit to spend one hour or more per week assisting them with various needs.  HN began as a new project in September 2012 and launched operations in New York City in Fall 2014.  HN is a program of the Global Change Project (GCP), an organization that creates social and environmental awareness projects managed by college interns and volunteers.  HN is currently launching its inaugural volunteer programs in NYC in partnership with two local non-profit organizations, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (a senior center – and Helping Hands for Disabled NYC (  Response to our programs has been excellent with a high level of interest and support from local agencies and over 20 community volunteers signing up immediately upon announcement of our programs.

We hope to begin 501c3 fundraising efforts in the near future and establish the Help Network NYC as an independent local organization.  In order to support our operations we plan to solicit funds from the general public, corporate sponsors, and grant giving organizations.  THN is the primary focus of this application, however, GCP also seeks sponsorship for future programs to be developed in the New York City area.  In addition to the Help Network, GCP has plans to initiate several other programs:

the steps

Through our relationship with ioby, we wish to raise funds through contacting our volunteer database, reaching out to our email list, and by creating online content that can help us in crowdfunding. This is an ongoing project. 

why we're doing it

After leg injury in 2011, Help Network founder Christian Luna-Labbee came to empathize much more deeply with the plight of the disabled.  He realized the profound challenges they face and the neglect of consumer society for persons who are not “young, healthy, and successful.”  Thus was born the idea for an organization that would recruit people to volunteer their time for the disabled.  Realizing that internet technology would provide an effective recruitment method for volunteers, work then began on creating an incubator model that would allow for the rapid development of scalable projects.  Thus GCP's website was launched in Fall 2012 and we began developing programs providing a combination of client services, internships/education, and internet/social networking technology developed in stages.  We have had over 1000 college intern applicants since founding.

Having already started placing our volunteers, it is clear that there is a deep need for this kind of work, as well as a genuine interest in helping.  All we have to do is provide a mechanism to connect the two communities! Its very exciting!


REVISED BUDGET (as of 5/4/15):

RAISED = $880.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $41.90
less 3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $25.63

Office membership for interns at $60 per month: $720
Administrative expenses including supplies: $92.46


This proposed budget is focused specifically on raising funds for an office to house our volunteer administrators.  Our volunteer administrators are crucial to the process of screening applicants, creating relationships for placement ( finding clients), and developing volunteer relationships with school communities.  The idea is that each community can start their own chapter, but we in the office would be a hub of support if people need help or have questions.  A lot of time is spent  creating the appropriate matches between client and volunteer, and havign an office to do this would enable us to have a real base. This is based on the estimation that we could find a small shared space for about $400 a month. 

SUBTOTAL = $5,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $250
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $150



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