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Website helpfulpeeps connects willing helpers with those in need
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor, December 2, 2015
Posted: December 13th, 2015

Whether it involves help with cat sitting or learning a new language, moving a sofa or lending a hand at a charity event, helpfulpeeps has seen the need requested and fulfilled by a kind stranger. In a matter of months, helpfulpeeps a social network based on the idea of the gift economy and paying it forward has amassed more than 2,000 users throughout the world. The initiative, which originated in Britain, is premised on a simple idea: Ask for help whenever you want; help others whenever you can. We noticed the ongoing disconnect in society and our over-reliance on money to solve our problems, says Simon Hills, a cofounder. We were also amazed to find that there are 12 million people in the UK who used to volunteer and would love to get back into it. Without the requirement of an ongoing commitment, and with the flexibility of being able to offer support in person or even remotely ... the objective is to offer a more fulfilling relationship between users. Mr. Hills says, Ultimately, it aims to save people money and develop a network of like-minded, helpful people, willing to lend a hand within the local and global community. Quite possibly the 'best' story was one of our very first posts it was from an Australian lady who wanted to be reunited with her long lost friend of 15 years from when she used to live in Telford, [England] Hills says. The community rallied together, and we are pleased to announce that they have since been reunited.

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