Why we built 4Bells
It all began when we gathered folks together who work in animal rescue for a Generator, a convening we hold with experts to surface problems, challenges, and potential technological solutions. Soon after, we held a Generator with folks working in food recovery. Both of these entirely different groups shared one recurring need: a way to simplify their processes for deploying volunteers to time-sensitive tasks. They shared arduous scenarios with white boards and notebooks and endless phone calls. Everyone agreed--and some even chanted their excitement--that something had to change.
And we kept talking
The idea captured our attention, so we did what we do: we talked about it with lots of different people. And in our discussions and in our research, we found that disaster response teams also had a need for a lightweight tool to organize and deploy volunteers in an emergency. While we developed 4Bells with emergency response in mind, 4Bells can be used by many types of organizations to accomplish a variety of time-sensitive tasks.
Backers and Collaborators
4Bells received financial support from Twillio.org and Microsoft Corporate Citizenship and inspiration, feedback, and moral support from:
Food Recovery organizations in the Bay Area
Animal Rescue organizations in the Bay Area
First Responders at the local and national level
Disaster planning and resilience experts
Hotline operators throughout the U.S.
The prototype was built with pro bono support by JayStack.
Version 1.0+ is built and maintained by JayStack.
In-kind donations from SendGrid and Twillio power our SMS and messaging capabilities.