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Last updated on June 28, 2017

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Kitchen Connection Mobile

Organization Category Food Waste 
Organization Name Kitchen Connection
About Us Kitchen Connection is an online network where chefs and lay food lovers can teach online and interactive cooking classes. The hosts of the classes (connections) can be paid, or choose to donate some or all of the funds from the class to our partner charity, Action Against Hunger and most recently, Whole Food's Whole Planet Foundation.
We focus on one country every month, and we normally host a monthly event at Whole Foods, educational institutions and the United Nations. Here are some examples of our events: Greek MonthPeru Month — both with the Greek and Peruvian trade commissioners/consuls in attendance. In June, we are featuring France - and we are hosting our cooking class at the French Embassy, with the ingredients sponsored by Whole Foods Market. In 2018, we will continue to feature one country every month, focusing on countries affected by the refugee crisis, in support of the United Nations Together Campaign. 
Website Homepage:
Project Name Mobile App
Description Given our social mission, that aims to be inclusive - and the fact that individuals, especially in developing countries have greater access to phones than they do laptops, we are looking to expand our reach via a mobile app for IOS/ Android.
We have created basic wireframes for the app, which can be found here, but are very open to new ideas and suggestions. 
Time Estimation 12 weeks at 8-12 hours per week.

Skills Needed
Number of Volunteers Requested 3 - 6 mobile developers.
Specific Tasks  


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Organization Category Online Resource Database / Social Services
Organization Name AsylumConnect
About Us AsylumConnect is a fiscally sponsored nonprofit creating the first ever online, centralized resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. Every year, thousands of LGBTQ people come from one of the 73 countries where it is still illegal to be gay, seeking asylum in the U.S. Yet upon their arrival in the U.S., many LGBTQ asylum seekers continue to struggle to meet their most fundamental human needs. The AsylumConnect catalog helps persecuted LGBTQ people identify and access human needs resources upon their arrival in the U.S.
AsylumConnect piloted its catalog model in Seattle, WA, in August 2015 . This pilot received positive feedback from both LGBTQ asylum seekers and service providers. Asylum seekers called the catalog “highly recommended,” “easy to use,” “nothing not to like,” and noted that they eagerly await expansion to other “local [organizations] and regions.” Both Seattle's LGBTQ Center and Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs have endorsed the AsylumConnect catalog as a recommended resource. Service providers have additionally reported using our catalog to gather timely, high-quality resource referrals for their LGBTQ asylum clients.
On February 21, 2017, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's Hack4Impact (a student organization that connects student software developers with nonprofits), we migrated the catalog from a static site to a dynamic web application and scaled our product to Philadelphia, PA.
Our long-term vision is to scale our catalog to all major U.S. cities and ultimately, streamline the safe integration of LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. From a technical standpoint, we strive to provide an open platform that allows LGBTQ asylum seekers to self-determine their own resource needs both ethically and scalably.
Website Homepage:
Project Name AsylumConnect — “Backend Migration”
Description AsylumConnect is now partnering with a San Francisco-based nonprofit building technical solutions to help low-income families access community resources. This nonprofit partner will be providing AsylumConnect with full access to its Resource Server API, which houses all public resource information content, as well as its Application Server API, which provides access to all features requiring a user account (resource bookmarks, referrals, editing, etc). Both of our organizations are confident that this partnership will help AsylumConnect to scale its services to all major U.S. cities, further enabling LGBTQ asylum seekers to access life-saving resources.
AsylumConnect currently needs technical assistance with the following:
  • Migrating our existing catalog web application onto our partner organization’s backend:
    • Re-routing resource CRUD on our client-facing web application and internal dashboard to go through our partner’s REST APIs, which have extensive feature coverage relative to AsylumConnect’s current backend.
    • Migrating our existing resources onto our partner’s databases, which are actively maintained by our partner organization.
  • Adding the ability for users to suggest new resources located anywhere in the U.S., which will revolutionize our ability to help LGBTQ asylum seekers at scale.
Time Estimation 7-10 weeks at 8-12 hours per week.
(Target launch of new catalog: October 2017.)
Skills Needed
  • Previous experience with full-stack web application development
  • Familiarity with any of our existing stack*:** Python** Flask** PostgreSQL via SQLAlchemy** Heroku** Javascript/HTML/CSS
  • Self-starter with good communication skills and the ability to learn quickly and work independently
    *Note that due to the relatively small codebase and comprehensive nature of the project, AsylumConnect is open to changing any aspects of our stack.
Number of Volunteers Requested 2-4 full-stack web developers.
Specific Tasks Key deliverables:# Migrating our web application off of Flask-SQLAlchemy onto a new, already-developed RESTful backend.
  1. Migrating our existing resources onto the new database.
  2. Modifying our internal dashboard (i.e., content management system) for user-friendly resource CRUD (e.g., viewing/editing/publishing resource suggestions) via the new backend.
  3. Opening up our “Suggest A Resource” form  ( so that all users can suggest new resources located anywhere in the U.S.
Contact AsylumConnect Human Resources:
Tiff (Director of Technology):
Katie (Co-Founder & President):
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