On the day my little sister, Amelie, found out that class at Chapel Hill High School would be out for at least three weeks, we noticed a surge of Nextdoor and Facebook posts…everything from vulnerable neighbors who were afraid to go out but needed groceries, to students home & able to offer child care or delivery services, to neighbors directing each other to reliable local COVID-19 pages when misinformation started to spread. She asked me, “Why isn’t there one place for all of this?” I replied, “Why don’t we create one?”
Five hours later, we launched Chapel Hill Community Post, a local resource to connect neighbors who needed help with those who could offer it. Since then we’ve seen visits from over 2,300 community members, with almost 500 users connecting to a resource beyond our site.
The site was picked up by local media like Chapelboro.com and The Daily Tar Heel, which was vital to the success of a website run by two students who ran no paid online promotion. We made the shortlist for the Young Shits March brief about combating the COVID-19 “infodemic,” and you can read the case study we submitted here.
But above all else, we’re proud to call Chapel Hill home, proud of the compassionate spirit of our community, which you can experience at chcommunitypost.com.