ATLANTA -- We're often reminded during the holiday season that it's better to give than receive. As the economy continues to struggle and unemployment rates remain high, there are constant reminders that there are those among us who need a little help.
You might think of GiveLocally.net like this: It's a digital version of those giving trees we see in our offices, schools and churches, directly connecting each of us with somebody in need.
As the son of Andrew Young, Andrew Young III knows his name carries a huge responsibility. From the Atlanta Mayor's office to residence at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel as the son of a United Nations Ambassador, "Bo" as he's known to his friends, has learned how to "give" from one of the best. "My father taught me at an early age that 'to whom much is given, much will be required'," said Andrew "Bo" Young III.
Now Bo is picking up the torch and putting his name and his passion behind a freshly-launched website called GiveLocally.net. "We found that once you log on, and you read the stories of these various recipients, you feel compelled to give," Young said.
GiveLocally.net directly connects donors with people in need. Bo, along with the organizers of the site, are hoping that by sharing stories, people will make connections and be inspired to give.
The staff at GiveLocally independently verify the needs of every recipient and gifts are passed along in such as way as to directly service the need.
As just one example, Bo says he was inspired to help a grandmother struggling to care for her grandchildren. "I really thought that it was very noble of this grandmother to take on the challenge of raising these two young grandchildren," he said. "I think that when you look at the stories on GiveLocally.net, you almost want to give to everybody."
The site targets people in need of short term help, people who might not otherwise be eligible for help elsewhere. It's a cause Bo is happy to put his efforts and family name behind. "I really do feel proud to have a dad who has been so committed to public service and has spent his whole life giving back. So, I felt it only appropriate that I take opportunities to give back where I can."