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Our app aims to facilitate connections between schools, the professionals within schools, the students learning alongside these professionals, and people outside schools who are in a position to help. It's also worth noting that the toolkit we are building can be used equally well by a school, a school district, or a non-profit organization bringing goods and services to schools and communities. Our app lowers multiple barriers in connecting schools/organizations and volunteers: It allows schools/organizations to define and publicize the areas where they want help; It helps volunteers identify the areas where their expertise or resources will do the most good; It eliminates the need for a third party to hold onto information for a school, and for a school or district to be dependent on a third party system; It creates a mobile-friendly signups that work on any modern mobile device. Using our app, a school/district/organization can create a mobile version of all signup opportunities. So, when people are doing outreach, they can sign up volunteers on the spot, and immediately get them into their database. This eliminates the gap between a person's desire to contribute, and the inertia that must be overcome to actually follow through and contribute. This also allows the organization seeking volunteers to do more focused outreach, as they can communicate with people who have already expressed an interest to contribute to a specific project.