One year later
It’s been 1 year since we launched the POINT app and…
💯 There are now over 100 charities on POINT!
💥 And nearly 3000 people like you signed up.
A letter from our CEO:
Most of you might be expecting a formal CEO report of what we’ve done and how we’re patting ourselves on the back for year 1 post-launch. But I thought it would be more meaningful to share my own experiences using POINT this year.
Here are some of the moments from the year that will stick with me:
When we launched, I remember the first person that used POINT. It was total stranger who signed up for an event! I stood in the middle of the room staring at my phone almost shocked that someone else wanted to just sign up and do something good. Slowly, more people kept showing up at charity events and now there are over 100 charities and 3000 users on POINT. If you’ve used POINT this year, I see you and thank you.
The moment that will stick with me for my lifetime was right after a tornado hit Old Town East, an area of town 5 minutes from my house. To be honest, I didn’t even know a tornado had touched down in Ohio, but then I saw an event posted on POINT by Team Rubicon to help clear fallen trees from my neighbor’s yard. The next day, my husband and I showed up and joined in with 5 other people to clear some giant trees from torn up lawns, enjoying coffee and McDonald's breakfast that Team Rubicon brought for the volunteers.
Here’s the deal, I’d never wish a tornado on anyone - but how many times do you hear that a hurricane, tornado, etc., has hit, and you feel powerless to help? All you feel you can do is just watch on the news and sometimes send over a few dollars to the Red Cross; honestly, that’s been me. When that moment happened through POINT, I’ve never felt more empowered and enabled to help my community - to actually get out and do something when disaster hit.
Here’s the video:
I think most people think “I give back” and they’re generally “good people” who are active in the community. But then when you actually look at your life you’ve realized that you haven’t actually given any of your time in the last 6 months. A few weeks ago, I had that reality check (*yes, I KNOW I run a volunteering app but that doesn’t mean I’m actively volunteering). So I jumped on POINT to help at a community garden in Columbus called The Miracle Garden. I’m not sure why the experience stuck with me, I was only there for an hour. But getting to meet new people, get outside and ultimately get out of my head was freeing.
Parts of Columbus, like Linden, are located in a “food desert” - a better phrase being “food apartheid” - without access to any groceries. The neighborhood has stepped up to build 3 gardens to provide food and start an herbal business to cover the costs. This is what POINT is for, bringing us together… in our own cities. You don’t need to leave your city or your country to help, trust me. I hope you get that chance to be involved with something so organic and meaningful in your community because I wouldn’t trade it.
Here’s the video:
This year I’ve met a ton of bomb people. To be honest, the people using POINT to do more good in Columbus are, more often than not, total strangers to me. And I couldn’t love you total strangers more. It’s experiences like these and people like you that make POINT so much more than what I could have ever dreamed up. Excited to get to know you all more, our community and the needs of our community better.
Year 2 is going to be 🔥.
Send your moments to me at @madisonmikhail
P.S. If you haven’t used POINT yet just download the app, find an event and show up. It’s easy.