The name Volassis originates from the combination of the words Volunteer and Assist.
WHEN: The world is going through totally different times today, and there is more need to give back and help each other during these uncertain times. Volassis was born during the COVID-19 pandemic when so much volunteering was happening but not a single system was available to enable and motivate individuals to give back to the community.
WHY: Volassis is a centralized system developed by Lakshya Gupta from Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas, who recognized the need for such a system while volunteering himself. Lakshya says, "I have the knack to recognize limitations in existing systems, and I feel almost irresistible drive to fix and improve them. With my passion in Computer Science and a good hold on several software technologies, I wanted to create an enhanced and easy-to-use volunteering system that not only made finding opportunities easier but also provided one-stop platform for all volunteer needs."
WHAT: The system provides the youth with a completely automated one-stop platform for finding volunteer opportunities, volunteering and get approved volunteer hours in matter of few clicks. The system was developed out of a need to improve the existing archaic email based manual systems, which make this process very cumbersome and time-consuming.
HOW: The project started ideation during my Sophomore year when I was volunteering with an organization for senior care called "Sunrise Senior Living", and all their records were manual. I started to automate the attendance system, and in a matter of few months many new features required for full online volunteering were added during the COVID-19 times.