With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to worsen the social situation of many families, the Portuguese Large Families Association (APFN) has created an online platform to promote direct help among the association’s families.
The SOS Families concept is to act as an information sharing platform between the family THAT NEEDS HELP and the family that WANTS TO HELP.
For families in need of help, SOS Families offers categories where APFN members can integrate their requests, such as: Food Support and Essential goods; Leisure Time Support; Unemployment; Donation of other services; Home schooling and working-from-home.
Families who want to provide their help just with one-click in the help requests in SOS Families.
At SOS Families, APFN members can also register to receive HELP request alerts. When a request comes in the selected area (s), the family that ‘wants to help’ will receive a notification and then will be able to decide if it will be able to help.
The online platform SOS Families is only accessible for the exclusive use of the APFN members, with access through the website reserved area.
To preserve the exposure of families in need of support, or even those who want to give help, SOS Families allows both to be placed with a fictitious name (or anonymously), as well as providing the contact details of their preference (email or other).
APFN believes that the operation of this platform may prove to be long-lasting and the categories of aid may be changed, adapting to the families´ needs and intermediating support to the Portuguese Portuguese families that most need it.