Hart County Schools helping students in need with Purposity

It’s an occurrence Missy Vaughn sees nearly every day. As the social services coordinator for the Hart County Charter System, students come to her when they have no one or nowhere else to turn. She hears about and sees firsthand the needs of her students, who may be in a rough situation which leaves them with needs uncovered.

It could be a proper pair of shoes, a winter coat or even a dress for prom when their family has fallen on hard times. It may be that a family has experienced a fire and parts of their home are destroyed, yet they can’t afford to replace a bed or couch.

It’s the little details some individuals take for granted, but can mean the difference between coming to school with few worries, or coming to school with heavy burdens. What’s worse, it could be that these small details prevent a student from coming to school at all, due to an uneven home life and unattended necessities.

Vaughn now has an extra set of partners to help her accomplish her goal of making sure all Hart County students have help covering the costs of the smaller ticket items. Vaughn and the Hart County Charter System have now partnered with Purposity, a new online network which serves as a tool to help schools and other non-profit organizations take the needs of students and clients, and use the community as a whole to connect the dots and fill in the gaps.

Purposity connects the community, allowing everyone to see the needs of anonymous individuals and pool their resources. It helps people find purpose through generosity.

By signing up on the Purposity website, users are sent a text message once a week with a specific physical need they can meet. With just a few clicks, the items are sent to Purposity, and then into the hands of our students.

This new tool also lets the community know about the stories of the students served in the community, giving supporters an opportunity to be involved in lending a hand to a neighbor in need.

The partnership was made possible through the support of Georgia Power. In order to fully launch the mission of this partnership, Hart County will need 500 users. As of Tuesday, Oct. 30, the community had 117 users. To be a part of the Purposity movement in Hart County, visit to www.purposity.com and sign up to be a force for good in the Hart County community.

For more information contact Vaughn at [email protected] or Anna Hall, community relations director for HCCS, at [email protected].