Press Release: Keeping Communities Connected During COVID-19

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UPDATE: Our initial plan to have free access to the public sector grew beyond our expectations. Since March, we have had over 20 registered users sign up across four states including New York, Missouri, Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. 

Our users range from Council Members in Missouri to Congresswomen in New York, food pantries in New York City, and leaders of community organizations. 

We have supported their engagement and understanding of their community needs.
So we are extending this offer to 30 more users until July 31st. Register here.

If you are a community organization, local elected official, elected candidate, or researcher please sign up today. Since we know engagement takes time, you only have to register today –and can launch a survey anytime.  Our product supports inclusive engagement –and now is the time to ensure community voices are heard.

As this pandemic grows and life becomes more quarantined, my team & I wanted to share our deepest wishes and hopes that everyone is staying healthy, sane, and focused. While most people may recognize our company (Seam Social Labs) or product (co:census) as a real estate tech initiative, our work started in the civic space. Check out our company launch video from 2018 below.

In February, my co-founder and I started to think hard and long about our mission (empower disinvested communities) and concluded to focus our efforts in the civic tech space where we started and focus on personalized engagement & qualitative data. We began to hone in my co-founder’s tech skills and my academic research on #theCivicGap.

Before we could get a full grasp on this reset, the coronavirus hit full force and began to deeply impact the city in which we were founded, New York City. Over the past couple of weeks we have experienced so many shifts, and honestly we have yet to feel the full social or economic impact of COVID-19. We took a few days to think about what we can offer to provide more support during this time. We realized that our best offer for support is our tool — an SMS survey (screenshot below) that can reach communities who do not have WiFi to connect. 

As a response to COVID-19, we are now offering our tool completely free of charge for the public sector to engage your communities. If you need a tool to do any of the following or know of an organization that needs support in these areas, sign up here immediately so our team can support you ASAP. Use our tool to:

  • to connect with communities without WiFi,
  • to engage your constituents about socio-economic policy,
  • to survey the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, finances, etc.

We have already signed up local food pantries and volunteer services. We started this business because we truly believe in empowering communities, and there is no time like now to use technology to do just that. Let’s keep communities connected!

If you are in the private sector and need this tool for community support or engagement, please email me.

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